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Access restricted to Kimberley and remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities
The Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments are partnering to implement new restrictions for access to designated regions in Western Australia to protect the health and wellbeing of residents in the Kimberley and remote Aboriginal communities against COVID-19.
As of yesterday (Thursday 26th March 2020), access will be restricted into the following regions:
- Kimberley (comprising all four local government areas);
- Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku;
- Parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra.
These designated areas account for approximately a third of the geographical area of the State; and almost 90% of Western Australia's remote communities and the remote Aboriginal population.
Under these arrangements any person who is outside a designated region can only enter that region if that person:
- is providing essential services or supplies; or
- has been quarantined from the general public for the previous 14 days
Other special exemptions may apply. The restrictions for the designated regions are enforceable through emergency determination powers under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth). A jail term of up to five years could apply to those who breach the determination.
Within the designated regions and for all remote Aboriginal communities outside these designated regions, the State Government's Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions will continue to apply.
The directions mean that the only people who can enter a remote Aboriginal community are residents, those providing essential services and supplies, and those entering for family or cultural reasons. Breaches of these directions could attract a fine of up to $50,000.
The State Government continues to work with community organisations and the mining industry to assist residents of remote Aboriginal communities to return home.
WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt advises "the State and Commonwealth Governments are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to dramatically reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading to those communities, and to respond rapidly if it does.
"Within those designated regions, and for remote Aboriginal communities outside those regions, the State Government's Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions will continue to provide community-specific protection.
"While the legal measures adopted provide remote community residents with a level of flexibility to move within their designated region, I reinforce the messages that the safest place for residents is in their communities.
Minister Wyatt added "everyone should follow Health Department advice on hygiene and social distancing; and travel should be for critical purposes only.
"Along with these coordinated actions, I am also seeking Commonwealth Government funding to support quarantine arrangements, food security and medical services and supplies.
"Premier Mark McGowan has announced that further restrictions on the movement between WA's regions will be put in place shortly. Clear guidelines on this will be released in coming days."
For more information, visit http://www.wa.gov.au/aboriginalcommunities
Image: Martu stoke a campfire at Jamparri. The Martu’s return to their homeland began as just a trickle in the 1980s. Today, 1000 Martu live in four distinct communities. Courtesy of Country Needs People. Credit Louie Douvis
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