New regional roadblock in place on Indian Ocean Dr

WA Police at the new regional roadblock south of Military Rd on Indian Ocean Dr.

AT midnight last night Two Rocks SES personnel and WA Police were manning the new roadblock on Indian Ocean Dr to stop people travelling between the City of Wanneroo and Shire of Gingin.

The roadblock has been set up just south of the Military Rd intersection on Indian Ocean.

The new intrastate travel restrictions have been put in place to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus into WA’s regional areas.

The regional travel bans mean unless you have an exemption to say travel from Yanchep in the Perth-Peel region to Gingin in the Wheatbelt region you should be staying in the metropolitan area and vice versa.

Yesterday at a press conference Premier Mark McGowan said there would be check points and mobile police patrols would be in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people were doing the right thing.

Some exemptions apply including travel for work purposes, to attend medical appointments, to transport freight, those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region, returning to a place of residence, where necessary to attend school or an educational institution, caring for family members and approved compassionate grounds.

He said the construction and freight industries, in particular, would continue to operate despite the new measures.

“(But) anyone planning to travel outside of their region for non-essential purposes must stay home and we urge anyone that is currently outside of their region to return home immediately,’’ he said.

“We understand these measures may be inconvenient, but they are vital to ensure we continue to protect their fellow Western Australians and stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Whilst tradesmen and workers within industry, in particular the construction industry, are exempt from the new intrastate travel restrictions, they must remain vigilant with social distancing practices and hygiene on site.’’

People are encouraged, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter-email-SMS from an employer, to support their legitimate travel.

Police have the power to enforce these restrictions, and issue fines of up to $50,000.

Some of the other exemptions listed in the directions allowing a person to enter a region from another region include to escape the threat of physical or psychological harm or some other emergency and obtaining a good or service without which the person would be likely to suffer physical or psychological harm and which is not reasonably available in the region in which the person is present.

Other exemptions are to fulfill obligations under a parenting plan and obtaining or providing veterinary or animal welfare services not reasonably available in the person’s region.

Compassionate is defined as a member of the person’s immediate family or household suffering serious injury, a serious or life-threatening illness or the death of a member of the person’s immediate family or household.

Essential persons in transport, freight and logistics include any person who in the course of their duties is responsible for provision of transport, mail, courier, freight and logistics services.

For more information see the Prohibition on regional travel directions