Letter sent to the WA Premier regarding community concern about the Easter period – Libby Mettam MLA
Thank you for your encouraging statement around the cancellation of intrastate travel to the South West Region and other parts of regional WA.
Please find attached and below an email I sent to the Ministers for Health and Tourism on Monday regarding this important matter.
There is high concern in the South West, in particular my electorate which includes the Augusta – Margaret River Shire and City of Busselton around how to manage an inevitable influx of visitors during the period of the pandemic. In the City of Busselton there is in excess of 15,000 rooms and 1,200 holiday homes (with capacity 6-8).
I have spoken to front line workers at Bunbury Health Campus who have expressed concern about their capacity to cope with anything more than the natural increase of residents returning to their homes at this time.
I am therefore seeking your support to provide some restrictions on our major roads via WA Police, appreciating the fact there would need to be a procedure for identifying essential and non-essential travel.
It would be important that this process is put in place ahead of this Friday given the anticipated movement of visitors to this region ahead of Easter and in light of the effective shift towards home schooling and the school holidays.
I have also spoken to the Mayor of the City of Busselton and President at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and they are seeking guidance on how such measures could be effectively enforced and whether they can utilise emergency powers to close or limit accommodation in support of this effort. They also recognise that any measures and direction would need to be undertaken ahead of Friday.
As the local Member for this Region and in recognition of the need to work co-operatively with Government during this period, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can assist on this matter.
Libby Mettam MLA
Member for Vasse
Shadow Minister for Transport; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader
16 Prince St, Busselton 6280; PO Box 516, Busselton 6280