COVID-19 Information and Status Update

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​​​COVID-19 General Information​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The City of Kwinana is closely monitoring the risk posed to the City of Kwinana by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is seeking guidance from State and Federal Health Departments. 

Remember to take care of your health and protect others by doing the following;​​

  • ​Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain physical distance from people outside your household ​ (at least 1.5 metres) 
  • Avoid touching eyes nose and mouth
  • Practise respiratory hygiene –cover your mouth with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Stay home if you feel unwell​
If you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please do not attend City of Kwinana facilities and stay in doors until you have been cleared by your GP to help stop the transmission of the virus.

​For more information visit Healthy WA or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Helpful information relating to families with children can be found at Perth Children's Hospital

Have a question about how the City is dealing with COVID-19? Read our Frequently Asked Questions​.​

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City of Kwinana Services - Status Update ​

Kwinana Recquatic

As at Monday 8 June the Kwinana Recquatic Centre will return to normal operating hours of: Monday to Friday 5.30am to 9.00pm, Saturday 8.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Facilities that remain closed are the café (which will remain closed subject to the outcome of current review) and the crèche (re-opening Monday 29 June after roof works are completed).

Visit the Recquatic Facebook  page for updates. (As at Monday, 8 June opening hours will return to normal)

As at Saturday 6 June:

  • All Open Spaces will re-open, including:
    • Kwinana Adventure Playground
    • Edge Skatepark, BMX Track, Outdoor Basketball Courts
    • Parks, playgrounds, dog parks, barbecues, drink fountains
    • Sporting facilities, toilets, changerooms (sporting clubs are subject to their own distancing and other restrictions).
    • Facilities open for bookings from the public (Patio in Adventure Playground etc).

Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre

  • ​Kwinana Public Library operating hours will be Monday to Thursday 9am to 6pm, Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm.
  • Services include full lending service and access to PCs and printing
  • Programming will continue on line for the remainder of Term Two (Rhymetime etc).
  • ​Community Centres – Darius Wells, John Wellard and William Bertram Community Centres:
    • ​Open for bookings from the public
    • Online programming to continue for the remainder of Term Two.

Hireable spaces

  • All casual bookings or application to hire any City of Kwinana facility will resume from Saturday, 6 June.

Zone Youth Space

  • Group activities such as Unique As and Youth Advisory Council to continue in-person
  • Drop in activities to commence from Thursday 18 June
  • Drop-in hours will be Thursdays and Fridays 3pm to 9pm and Saturdays 12pm to 5pm.​

Community Engagement and Place

  • ​All City funded events, activities, programs and engagement have been moved online where possible but will slowly be re-introduced in the coming weeks and months. Visit whatson.kwinana.wa.gov.au for all events and programs run by the City​.

Events and Stakeholder Management

  • ​​All major events have been cancelled, however planning will continue for events scheduled to take place towards the end of the calendar year, next financial year. 
  • ​Arts Awards and Sports Awards are suspended until further notice
  • ​Community funding programs have to ceased until further notice.​

Volunteer Centre

  • Volunteer Centre – continuing with modified operations focusing on phone and on-line activity.

*Advised re-open dates will be reassessed closer to the advised end date 

Recycling Hubs

Recycling Hubs are now operational at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre and Kwinana Marketplace.

Council Meetings

Council Meetings will return to an in-person format with physical distance measures (1.5 metres between each person).

More information about changes to upcoming Ordinary Council Meetings.

Citizenship Ceremonies

In alignment with the Department of Health guidelines and directives from the Federal Government, Citizenship Ceremonies at the City of Kwinana have temporarily moved online.

The Department of Home Affairs is working closely with Local Governments who have had to cancel ceremonies to ensure that impacted residents are able to be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. Priority list remains standard based on approval date.​

Please be advised that if your ceremony has been cancelled and you are likely to exceed your 12 month time frame from your approval, you are not at risk of having your Citizenship approval cancelled.

Those who require an urgent Citizenship Ceremony will be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs based on the below criteria;

  • Travel (with evidence)​;

​​- Visit a close family member who is terminally ill

- Attend a funeral of a close family member

- Receive urgent medical treatment in another country that the client cannot receive in Australia

- Attend legal proceedings in person

- Accompany a sick/elderly relative for one of the reasons above

  • Representing Australia – Academics/Sporting

- With evidence from the relevant governing body (e.g. Australian Olympic Committee)​

  • Work (with evidence of offer/employment)

- Defence force personnel

- Clients who will work for the Australian Government (overseas or in Australia) who need to be an Australian Citizen to be employed

- Clients who need to be an Australian Citizen to be employed for a job they have been offered who have been waiting more than six months for a ceremony

  • ​​​HECS-HELP study loans or fee help

  • The client has been waiting more than six months for a ceremony from the date of approval​

Your request must be accompanied by supporting evidence to be assessed. Visit the Department of Home Affairs​ website for more information. 

Please contact Lindsay Barker with any questions or for more information. 

Building Applications 

The City prefers to receive all building approval applications electronically in a single PDF file and accompanying payment ​electronically through the City's secure payment gateway. 

Certified and Uncertified building approval applications can be submitted via the City’s Online Portal and payment of the invoice made via BPoint. The user manual for online applications can be found here, you will need to create an account if you don’t have one or continue as a guest.​ Sign in at the top of the screen.

Learn how to combine documents into one PDF.​ 

All other applications are to be submitted by email to our Building team​

These include but are not limited to;

  • ​​Changes to Approved Permits​
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Building Approval Certificates
  • Demolition Permits
  • Swimming Pool Applications
  • Swimming Pool Barrier Application
  • Verge Permits (if not part of an online application)

Local Planning Schemes  

The Minister for Planning has issued a notice overriding the requirements of Local Planning Schemes in response the current State of Emergency. This may mean, that if you are making adaptations to your business or installing infrastructure or facilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis, that your proposal may temporarily be exempt from requiring planning approval.

These exemptions apply to planning requirements only and approvals under Building and Health legislation will still apply. Each proposal should be confirmed with the City of Kwinana prior to commencing, and exemptions expire with the end of the State of Emergency Declaration. 

​Discover more and view the full list of exemptions on the City's planning page​.  

Page reviewed: 04 Jun 2020 4:45pm