Update for the week – 15 May 2020

Published: Friday, 15 May 2020 at 10:45:21 AM

The WA Government has implemented a staged lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and produced a roadmap for the coming weeks, including information about Phase 2 which will take effect from Monday 18 May.   Phase 2 allows us to cautiously begin to reopen certain venues and facilities, and increase indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings to a maximum of 20 people.  

In addition, regional travel boundaries have changed and we can now move unrestricted throughout Perth, Peel, Wheatbelt, South West and the Great Southern.


From Monday 18 May the Library, Visitors’ Centre and Town Hall will re-open.

The York Convention & Recreation Centre, the Outdoor Stadium, the Gym and the Museum remain closed.  In addition, playgrounds and the skate park remain closed.   Further easing of these restrictions are expected during Phase 3 which is planned in 4 weeks’ time.


To reopen, businesses will need to:

  • comply with conditions outlined in the COVID Safety Guidelines
  • complete a COVID Safety Plan
  • display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a visible location on the premises
  • maintain a strict limit of a minimum of 4 square metres per person
  • ensure a maximum of 20 people per venue (excluding staff)
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • maintain attendance records of patrons for the purposes of contact tracing
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure social distancing.

Shire staff are currently working on Safety Plans for all Shire facilities and setting protocols for venue hirers to ensure safety guidelines are met.

If you need assistance preparing your plan we are happy to help, please contact us on 9641 2233 or email records@york.wa.gov.au


The Visitors Centre is preparing to re-open from Monday 18 May and resume normal opening hours as Phase 2 easing of restrictions come into effect. YORKind services previously supported by the Visitor Centre will still be available, however will start scaled back to support elderly  and vulnerable community members only. A third and final kind call will be undertaken in the coming weeks to ensure sufficient support is in place for our more vulnerable residents moving forward. Thank you to all volunteers who volunteered their assistance during the current state of emergency. Certificates of Appreciation have been sent out in recognition of this support.

Visitor Centre staff will focus on supporting local businesses to prepare for reopening over the coming weeks. This support will include sharing covid safety plan templates, sharing marketing opportunities available and offering assistance to understand, under the eased restrictions how covid safety measures could be implemented into retail and hospitality business environments.  

For all enquiries and further information, please call the Centre on 9641 1301 or by email info@york.wa.gov.au


The draft Strategic Community Plan is available for public comment until 29 May. We are encouraging everyone to visit the Shire website and review the plan. The plan can be found front and centre on the Shire homepage. https://www.york.wa.gov.au/

We would really like to get the community’s comments on this plan.

We are asking for you to provide two views:

  • Does the Draft Strategic Community Plan accurately reflect your vision for the future of York?
  • How could we immediately align funds and prioritise projects to support recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020/21 Budget?

Please send your comments to: records@york.wa.gov.au


The Shire is going to conduct a controlled green waste burn at the waste Transfer Station situated at Lot 500 Spencer’s Brook Road, York.

The burn will be between 25 May 2020 and 1 June 2020 to allow for the most suitable burning times.

The green waste area will be closed on the day of the burn,  so please contact the Shire on 9641 2233 to check it is open if you have green waste to dump that week.


The Green Waste Collection for residential properties West of the river in the town site boundary starts next week on 22 May.  

Please remember this is a green waste collection only, no hard rubbish will be collected at this time due to risk of COVID-19 contamination.


For further queries, please contact: Chris Linnell, CEO. Email: records@york.wa.gov.au  Tel: 9641 2233

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