Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler has announced he will no longer be shaking hands as part of a new protocol adopted by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council last night to ensure there are plans in place for the Council to continue to function safely in their role within the community amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
A number of practical steps will be introduced, including practicing social distancing, having younger members of Council who are less vulnerable attending community activities wherever possible, and provision for Elected Members to attend Council meetings remotely by either video conference or telephone.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said the protocol outlined a number of steps that would be put in place to help reduce the risk of Councillors contracting or spreading COVID-19 in the course of their duties.
“As leaders in the community, we as a Council really need to be proactive, and look at how we can support the Government’s social distancing objectives, as well as ensuring good governance,” Mr Bowler said.
“Some of the steps we will be enacting under this protocol include not holding any significant Council functions, civic receptions, events or gatherings until further notice, and adhering to the travel restrictions that have been introduced for City employees.
Mr Bowler said Elected Members would avoid attending community events and activities, in the interest of the health of others, and Council’s meeting schedule was being reviewed, and video and teleconferencing would be utilised more.
“A civic reception for the new owners of the Super Pit has been postponed indefinitely because of the new policy,” he said.
“Wherever possible, the Deputy Mayor, CEO and I will avoid attending the same events to minimise the risk of infection to the leadership team, and as a Council we will not shake hands or engage in physical contact. These seem like strong steps to take; however, we need to look at ways that we can minimise the risk to our community as much as possible”