COVID-19 Update

The Shire of Carnarvon is committed to bringing our community the latest resources and advice during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

A State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency was declared by the Minister for Emergency Services, due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. This provides the State Government, the WA Police Force and the Chief Health Officer with the powers and flexibility they need to enforce quarantine and self-isolation measures, as was agreed at the National Cabinet meeting between the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Chief Ministers. The Department of Health is the Hazard Management Agency for this emergency, and you may hear them referred to as the HMA. As the HMA, they will provide the advice and direction we need. Local Government have limited authority in this situation, unless the Chief Minister of Health says otherwise. 

The Department of Health are the lead agency for this situation and people are advised to visit their website as a true and accurate source of information.

Various resources for employers, schools and higher education, health, aged care, childcare, transport, travel and hotel sectors are available at the following websites: 

National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

The Shire is working closely with other agencies, following the direction provided by the Department of Health. We understand there is considerable public concern. We are taking the situation very seriously and implementing measures to protect the community and minimise potential impacts of COVID19. The Shire has already taken some measures to protect the community including: 

Shire of Carnarvon Services Update - Changes to facilities and programming:

Our community health and safety remains a top priority for the Shire of Carnarvon as the global Coronavirus outbreak continues to be monitored closely. The Shire of Carnarvon is urging the community to stay at their principal place of residence and avoid public gatherings if possible. 

The Shire wishes to advise there are changes to facilities, events and programming during this time.


The Shire of Carnarvon have now reopened as of Friday 1 May. This includes: 

  • Blowholes
  • Bush Bay/ New beach Campground
  • Gladstone Campground

 The Shire of Carnarvon would like to remind campers that they must be self-sufficient with a chemical toilet to camp at the Blowholes and New Beach/Bush Bay.  

Administration Office: 

The Shires Administration Centre has now reopened as of Monday 4 May. We ask that community members adhere to the social distancing and only four (4) people are allowed in the reception at the one time. 

Library and Art Gallery:

The Shire of Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery is now open to the Public. Operational hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Thursday. Please visit the Library’s website for online resources, services and further information. If you have any enquiries please contact us by calling (08) 9941 3727 or email

Civic Centre:

The Shire of Carnarvon Civic Centre including the Camel Lane Theatre and Woolshed is closed. We are no longer accepting hire bookings for the Woolshed or Camel Lane Theatre. All movies have been cancelled as of Monday 23 March. All live shows have been postponed until further notice. 

Aquatic Centre:

The Shire of Carnarvon Aquatic Centre will be closed as of 4pm Wednesday 25 March for the season. 

Carnarvon Visitor Centre:

 The Shire of Carnarvon Visitor Centre is closed for foot traffic. If you have bookings for accommodation in the region or seeking additional travel advice services are being delivered via Facebook Chat, Web Chat, on the Phone by calling (08) 9941 1146 or email 

Shire Depot:

The Shire Depot will remain open for staff access only. You will be required to make an appointment to visit the site, this includes delivery of goods, by calling (08) 9941 6307. 

Carnarvon Airport:

 Airport will remain open. Outgoing passengers are only permitted in the airport terminal, with incoming passengers required to go through baggage gates. 

The below flights have been cancelled as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis, leading to a significant decline in passenger numbers.  Rex will continue to monitor WA air routes and liaise with passengers who may be affected going forward.  Please refer to the current schedule information on the Rex website

Parks, Playgrounds and Skate Parks:

The Shire of Carnarvon has closed all public Playgrounds, Outside Gyms and Skate Parks as of Monday 30 March as per the latest Prime Ministers latest announcement, until further notice. 

Tip/Waste Services:

Shire of Carnarvon Tip will remain open until further notice and fees still apply. Tip Shop has been closed as Tuesday 24 March. Rubbish collections will occur as per scheduled. All enquiries regarding the Shire of Carnarvon Tip/ Waste Facilities, please contact the Shire of Carnarvon admin office on (08) 9941 0000. 

Public Toilets:
The following public toilets have been closed as of Tuesday the 24th of March 
  • Baxter Park - Cleaver Street
  • Rotary Park - Lawson Street 
  • Aboriginal Cultural Centre Public Toilet - Robinson Street
  • Pelican Point - Babbage Island Road 
24-Hour public toilets are still available at the below sites, increased cleaning of these facilities has commenced however patrons are urged to maintain high levels of personal hygiene
  • Town Beach - Olivia Terrace 
  • Exeloo on Robinson Street 
The following Shire of Carnarvon events have been post postponed:
  • This Life Music Festival 2020 
The following Shire of Carnarvon events and programs have been cancelled:
  • ANZAC Day (April 25)
  • NAIDOC Celebrations (July) 

For more information regarding cancelled or postponed events.Click here to fee event status. Information is uploaded and shared onto This Life Events Facebook page. 

Hire Facilities: 

The Shire of Carnarvon will not be accepting bookings to hire the following facilities:

  • Town Oval
  • Festival Grounds
  • Baxter Park
  • Woolshed at the Civic Centre
  • Camel Lane Theatre at the Civic Centre 
  • All other venues by the Shire of Carnarvon
BBQ Facilities:

The Shire of Carnarvon has turned off all public barbecues located at Town Beach and Baxter Park as of Thursday 26 March as per the latest Prime Minister announcement, until further notice. 


Activities as part of the April School Holiday Program have been cancelled.

Community members are advised changes to facilities and programming will be reviewed in three months.Ongoing announcements regarding the Shires programs, shows and events will be released on the Shires website and Facebook page.


The Department of Health are the lead agency for the COVID-19 situation and people are advised to visit their website as a true and accurate source of information.Various resources for employers, schools and higher education, health, aged care, childcare, transport, travel and hotel sectors are available at the following websites: 

HealthyWA website
Commonwealth Department of Health  
State Government Coronavirus Page
National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

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Regional Alliance West (08) 9938 0600
Government of Western Australia - Department of Health. 1800 020 080
HealthyWA 1800 022 222
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Black Dog Institute (02) 9382 2991
Healthdirect 1800 022 222
Australian Government Services Australia (Links to MyGov, Centrelink and Medicare) 1800 020 080
Financial Counselling Service 1800 007 007
Ethnolink Language Services 1300 727 441