Shire prepares to lift COVID-19 restrictions as Phase 2 looms Print

Shire prepares to lift COVID-19 restrictions as Phase 2 looms

The Shire of East Pilbara is planning to ease to some of the COVID-19 restrictions in place as it awaits further details from the State Government about how Phase 2 can be implemented across the region.
“From Monday next week, we plan to re-open of some of our facilities following the easing of restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,’ said Shire President Lynne Craigie OAM.

“While some facilities will still need to remain closed, we are excited that group fitness classes will be recommencing. We are also planning for the re-opening of our libraries and youth services as well as our administration centres in both Newman and Marble Bar,” she said.

Public facilities across Western Australia are required to prepare a State Government approved COVID Safety Plan before they re-open, however these plans have not yet been released. Despite this, the Shire is cautiously preparing to open some of its facilities on the condition that strict social distancing measures are in place.

“Social distancing will still be a critical component of our daily operations and it is absolutely critical that we remain vigilant about this, especially during this delicate time as we ease some restrictions.

“It’s an exciting time but we must remember that life is not automatically going to return to normal just yet. We are very fortunate that we have not had one reported case of COVID-19 in the East Pilbara and so I sincerely thank everyone for their efforts sticking to social distancing guidelines and acceptable hygiene practices," she added.

Residents of the Shire of East Pilbara are encouraged to visit the Shire’s website for the latest information

Phase 2 is set to be implemented on May 18.

How Phase 2 will affect the following services and facilities in the Shire of East Pilbara
Shire Administration Offices
  • Newman and Marble Bar admin building will be open to the public once again from Monday 18th. Social distancing will still be in place
Newman Library
  • Opening May 18 with modified hours.
  • Children’s programs are not commencing until further notice. 
  • Further updates will be provided about operating hours and programs as further restrictions are lifted
Marble Bar Library
  •  Opening May 18 at 8:30am
Nullagine Library
  • Will remained closed due to staffing shortage
Youth Centres
Newman Youth Centre
  • Opening May 18 with operating hours and number of people permitted to attend to be confirmed. 
  • Ongoing updates will be provided until all restrictions are lifted and the service returns to normal operations.
Marble Bar Youth Shed
  • Will open at 2pm for after school activities Monday to Friday
Nullagine Youth Shed
  • Will remained closed due to staffing shortage

Recreation Centres
 Newman Recreation Centre
  • Modified group fitness classes will return with morning and afternoon sessions available.
  • Timetables and further updates will be available on the Rec Centre Facebook page. The gym continues to be closed until further notice.
Marble Bar and Nullagine Gym
  • Closed until further notice
Aquatic Centres
Newman Aquatic Centre and Marble Bar Pool
  • Both facilities have been closed for the winter to conduct maintenance and repairs. The facility will reopen later in the year for the summer season
Sporting Clubs
  • Non-contact training can May 18 with a 20 person limit practicing social distancing. Clubs are urged to contact their State Sporting Associations to understand what they can and can’t do, and then seek approval from the Shire prior to commencing training or games. Sporting clubs will be receiving updates from the Coordinator Club and Events.
  • Seek approval and follow the directions from your State Sporting Association or Peak body.
Facility Bookings
  • The Shire of East Pilbara will allow facility bookings to sport and recreation groups to undertake restricted activity, from Monday 18 May 2020, given the following steps are followed:
Following the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19Environment
WA State Government Framework – Phase 2

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