Shire of Ashburton facilities to roll out SafeWA contract tracing app

Source: Government of Western Australia

As part of the State Governments measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, from 5 December 2020, particular businesses are required to maintain contact registers for WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing, if required.

Some of our Shire facilities and venues are required to maintain a register of patrons, staff, visitors and contractors for COVID-19 contact tracing.

In the event there is a case of community transmission of COVID-19, contact registers will allow for targeted contact tracing that will help limit transmission of the virus.

We will be using the SafeWA app to maintain a register at all of our libraries, swimming pools and waste sites across the Shire, and at the Tom Price Visitor Centre. Community and sporting groups that use our facilities will also have to register using the QR scanner and then also maintain their own register for their particular event.

The contact register will record your name, contact number, location and date and arrival time at the venue.

The SafeWA app is available free to download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is a free, convenient digital option for contact registration.

By downloading the SafeWA app, you will be able to scan a QR code to register your details at any venue you attend which is using the app.

Further information on the app and how to register are available from

For media information contact:

Alison Lennon – Manager Media and Communications, Shire of Ashburton

M: 0409 314 140 | E: [email protected]

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Road closures due to Onslow Christmas Float Parade

Source: Government of Western Australia

Shire of Ashburton communities sparkle in anticipation of Christmas

Source: Government of Western Australia

Homes across the Pilbara are dazzling beguiled revelers in the lead up to Christmas with brilliant displays of festive lights and decorations.

Two Christmas Lights Competitions, one in Onslow and one encompassing our inland towns of Pannawonica, Paraburdoo and Tom Price, are running in conjunction with each other over the coming weeks

The occasion presents the perfect opportunity to stroll the participating residential streets with loved ones and enjoy the spectacle. Residents are warmly encouraged to participate and delight in the holiday cheer.

Onslow will be bestowing the honoured title of People’s Choice Award on Tuesday 22 December, along with a generous cash prize of $250. Voting closes at 5:00pm on Monday 21 December.

Voting for Paraburdoo, Pannawonica and Tom Price closes at 10:00pm on Tuesday 8 December, with the winners being announced on Wednesday 9 December. There are three titles up for grabs: the Judge’s Choice Award of $300, the People’s Choice Award of $300 and the Best First Time Entry of $150.

For more information, including maps to guide you on your self-tour and how to vote, head to our Facebook page.

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Greener Pastures for METRONET

Source: Government of Western Australia

METRONET has officially registered for a Green Star Volume Certification under the Green Star Railway Stations v1.1 tool.

A key objective under the METRONET Sustainability Strategy is for environmentally sustainable design (ESD) to be applied and incorporated for all new METRONET stations and buildings.

Registering for the Green Star Volume Certification is an important step along the way.

The Volume Certification Approach enables common design elements to be certified once and then applied to future registered individual station projects to achieve a Green Star rating.

Volume certification enables replicate sustainable design elements across multiple sites and projects for easier certification. The system involves less documentation, lower fees and costs, faster submission turnaround and a greater certainty that common design, processes and materials comply with best practice benchmarks.

Green Star is an independent sustainability certification scheme (Green Star – Railway Stations) offered by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

While ESD will be integrated into all METRONET stations, the formal Green Star third-party certification will be focused on the more significant station developments.

More details on the METRONET Sustainability Strategy can be found here

Festive spirit high as community members prepare to celebrate Christmas

Source: Government of Western Australia

With a variety of events to delight and enthral in anticipation of Christmas, the coming weeks are set to be filled with holiday cheer for our community members.

Residents can experience the joy of this special time of year by adorning their house with twinkling lights to compete in either the inland or coastal Christmas Lights Competition, with generous cash prizes to be won.

The famous Onslow Float Parade invites locals to create a quirky Dr Suess-inspired float, and Santa will be available to listen to the kids’ present wish lists at the Onslow Community Christmas Party.

An enchanting evening of song is to be enjoyed at the Pannawonica Christmas Carols, and sparkling conversation and a delicious spread is to be shared at the annual Onslow Keepers Christmas Party.  

Shire President Kerry White said she relished the opportunity for the Shire of Ashburton to bring the community together.  

“2020 has not been without its challenges. It is with pleasure the Shire of Ashburton is able to facilitate events that celebrate the things that truly matter – family, friendship and harmony.

With a myriad of activities in the build-up to Christmas, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

I encourage all of our community members to extend warmth and hospitality to all, particularly those who are spending this time of year away from their loved ones.”

The schedule of events includes:

  • Tom Price Christmas Movie Night: 2 December
  • Onslow Keepers Christmas Party: 4 December
  • Onslow Christmas Lights Competition: registrations close 30 November; voting opens
    1 December
  • Paraburdoo Christmas Movie Night: 11 December
  • Onslow Float Parade: 12 December
  • Onslow Community Christmas Party: 12 December
  • Pannawonica Christmas Carols: 12 December
  • Paraburdoo, Tom Price and Pannawonica Christmas Lights Competition: Voting and
    self-drive tour information to follow. Contact (08) 9190 2220 for more information.

For further event details visit the Shire of Ashburton Facebook page.

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New life for cleared trees at local school

Source: Government of Western Australia

Timbers from trees recently cleared at the New Bayswater Station site have found a new home as open-air learning and play equipment at St Columba’s, a nearby primary school. 

The timbers were donated by the New Bayswater Station project to create a new classroom space for outdoor lessons.

Where possible, METRONET protects existing trees through clever project design. When removals are necessary, sometimes particularly special trees can be relocated (like the Kurrajong tree), or we find beneficial ways to repurpose the material. 

For the trees recently cleared for Bayswater Station construction, we saw an opportunity to keep them local and repurpose for nature play at the local primary school. 

Bayswater Station Project Delivery Manager Jonathan Shuker was happy that the tree logs could be recycled and add value locally.

“The New Bayswater Station has always been about the community, it’s great to be able to provide this benefit to the local school and who knows maybe some of our future architects, builders and train drivers” Mr Shuker said. 

St Columba’s Primary School Principal Art Lombardi was also very pleased to receive the donated logs, which will be installed during the summer school holidays. 

“When our students play and create around wood it encourages a connection and bond with nature.“The wood grounds the kids and allows them to be inventive, using a combination of materials to create things like tents, sculptures and mud kitchens.”

“The logs are the foundation for creative building” Mr Lombardi continued.

The New Bayswater Station Project will transform Bayswater Station into a multi-platform rail link to the new Airport Line and Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

Donated Logs – Maya Thompson Mewburn, Chloe Hayward, Leila Zdravic, Max Pierre, Mathilda Meyers, Keira Pollitt, Danial D’Esposito

Existing playground – Art Lombardi (Principal), Donnelly (wellness dog), Max Pierre, Maya Thompson Mewburn, Chloe Hayward, Leila Zdravic, Keira Pollitt, Mathilda Meyers, Daniel D’Esposito.

Paraburdoo Mall restrooms temporary closure 30 November 2020

Source: Government of Western Australia

Businesses and venues required to maintain contact registers as part of keeping WA safe

Source: Government of Western Australia

From 5 December 2020, particular businesses will be required to maintain contact registers for WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing, if required.

In the event that COVID-19 is detected in the WA community, contact registers enable the WA Health Contact Team to quickly identify and assist anyone that may have been exposed to the virus.

With rising infection rates internationally and second and third wave outbreaks occurring in many parts of the world, it is important that Western Australia continues to have appropriate systems in place to keep the community safe for the long term.

Contact tracing is one of the most effective measures in controlling the spread of COVID-19 if an outbreak occurred. Contact tracing involves identifying individuals who may have been exposed to an infectious case of COVID-19 and having these people avoid contact with others until we can be sure they are not going to develop the disease.

Through the SafeWA app, available from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, businesses can avail of a digital contact register system that is easy to use, hygienic, protects patrons’ privacy and is efficient for contact tracing.

The following businesses are required to maintain a contact register from 5 December 2020:

  • food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs)
  • gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools
  • places of worship and funeral parlours
  • beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers
  • galleries and museums
  • cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues
  • auction houses and real estate inspections
  • community facilities, libraries and halls
  • zoos and amusement parks
  • function centres
  • accommodation facilities that already have check-in arrangements in place (i.e. hostels, hotels, large camp grounds).

Contact registration is encouraged, but not mandatory for other businesses and gatherings.

Businesses are also encouraged to provide an alternative (manual) method of registering patron details, such as a paper-based register. This will ensure access to their premises is inclusive and allows patrons that may not have access or choose not to use the electronic register to have an alternative registration method. The WA Government have provided a suggested format for businesses to use for paper-based registers, available from the WA Government website.

For more information on setting up your business account please refer to

To ser up your personal account on SafeWA, see

For media information contact:

Alison Lennon – Manager Media and Communications, Shire of Ashburton

M: 0409 314 140 | E: [email protected]

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Youth innovation hub announced for Landsdale

Source: Government of Western Australia

A state-of-the-art ‘youth innovation hub’ will be included as part of the new Landsdale library project thanks to a $3 million State Government grant.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City has consulted with the local community on the design of the new facility at 15 The Broadview, Landsdale.

“As key future users of the facility, the City was eager to hear the views of local young people,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City engaged with the community through its ‘Your Say’ online portal as well as interviewing local school students.

“The young people had some fantastic, creative ideas that will be considered as part of the project’s detailed design process. These include incorporating advanced technology and plenty of space to study, learn and play.

“The design principles of the facility provide a focus on ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning. This includes the new Youth Innovation Hub that will allow young people, and people of all ages to enhance their digital learning, explore different technologies and learn some new skills that may assist with gaining employment in emerging industries.

“I would like to thank the State Government for its generous contribution to the project.”

Potential social and educational facilities at the youth innovation hub include a music and podcast studio, and design and coding areas.

Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk MLA said, “This is the fulfilment of a promise I made in 2017 to give young people more local activities. The youth hub will provide a range of things to do and will greatly enhance the library.”

Residents are already eagerly anticipating the completion of the new library.

“Very much looking forward to having a library more accessible,” said one resident.

“The plans look fantastic in providing a resource facility and a community hub for all ages.”The Library and Youth Innovation Hub is earmarked for completion in 2022.

Have your say on the City’s Draft Climate Change Strategy

Source: Government of Western Australia

Residents are being invited to have their say on the City’s Draft Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy 2020/21 – 2025/26.

Wanneroo Council recently endorsed the draft Strategy to go out for public consultation.  

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was another step forward in fulfilling the City’s commitment to local actions to combat climate change.

“The City is taking decisive action to safeguard our community’s future,” she said.

“Earlier this year, we became a signatory to the WALGA Climate Change Declaration, strengthening our commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change.

“The focus of the City’s existing Strategy is preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change as they arise.

“We recognise there is an increasing need to focus on mitigation efforts to prevent further climate change.

“The updated draft Strategy considers proactive steps we can take to protect our community, now and into the future. This includes setting targets to reduce City emissions.”

In December, the City is hosting a Youth Forum on Climate Change. The session will give young people an opportunity to share their views on how the City should address climate change.

The draft Strategy is out for public comment until 16 January 2021. To have your say, visit