As the disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 continues, our community and our businesses are feeling the distressing effects of rolling shut downs.
I want to assure you we are doing everything we can to ensure our essential and key services remain operational at the City of Armadale – with most services transitioning to phone, online and digital platforms.
We are continuing to enact directives from the Federal and State Governments and as such, we have unfortunately had to close all community facilities to the public, including those buildings which house administration staff, with effect from Wednesday, 25 March 2020 until further notice. Services will still be provided to you, where ever possible, in a different way.
Payments, enquiries and requests can be made online via the City’s website or just call our customer service staff who will still be available to assist you on 9394 5000. The City of Armadale Libraries and the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre staff are continuing to explore a number of digital programs and opportunities for people to access. The Libraries already have a variety of online services which provide members free access to e-Books, eAudiobooks, and movies on personal devices.
The City’s general waste and recycle bin collection dates will not change during this time.
As the response to the pandemic continues to evolve, decisions are being made in the best interests of the community and City’s staff.
The world is a scary place right now. But we’re all in this together and we will get through it together. Everyone has a part to play and I’d like to thank the City of Armadale community for their understanding as we undertake necessary precautions to ensure their wellbeing and safety.
The state government has opened a COVID-19 clinic at the Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital, so our community will be able to be serviced close to home, if testing is required.
The COVID-19 emergency will test us like never before and it will take a long time before we are able to go about our ‘old’ lives. We all have to play our part in stopping the rapid spread of this virus by strictly following the health advice provided by the Department of Health, visit healthywa.gov.au or call the Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080 for updates.
We owe our thanks to those who continue to go to work, in particular those in healthcare, emergency services and others in our community who provide essential services. Staff at the City are working hard to maintain delivery of services, whilst limiting the risk of exposure to the virus. Councillors are continuing to work and make decisions, using phone, online and digital communications.
This time of hardship will eventually come to an end. What we do today, as individuals and as a community will determine how well we emerge from this crisis. I am filled with admiration for the way that people are adapting and rising to the challenges we’re all now facing. As a community we are kind and compassionate, and we look out for each other.
We’re in this together. Stay safe.
Cr Ruth Butterfield
Mayor, City of Armadale