You have been repeatedly warned and it was always plainly obvious. Yes this is West Australia at the moment however it will be Australia wide very soon thanks to the ineptness of our politicians and senior civil servants. End of – be prepared and best of luck.
There is this as well
WA authorities urge backpackers to ‘go home’ before coronavirus travel lockdown
The head of a West Australian local council has urged backpackers to “go home” amid mounting tensions between travellers and regional communities.
- The WA Government is preparing to impose tough new regional travel restrictions from midnight on Tuesday
- Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Ian Earl said the backpackers needed to go home
- Busselton Mayor Grant Henley acknowledged some were legitimately stranded, and urged “compassion”
The call comes as the WA Government prepares to impose tough new regional travel restrictions from midnight on Tuesday, to try and curb the spread of COVID-19.
In Margaret River, in the WA’s South West, there are concerns that backpackers will pose a health risk to the community and drain health resources if they remain in the town after the end of the wine vintage next weekend.
Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Ian Earl said the backpackers needed to go home.
“They need to head to Perth and get on a plane and go home, because they could be better looked after in their own countries,” Egli ha detto.
“It would be very difficult for us down here if they don’t go.”
Residents ‘afraid of backpackers’
Earlier this week it was revealed that more than 140,000 backpackers had chosen to stay in Australia and farmers had seen a rise in the number desperately looking for work.
One Swiss traveller, who did not wish to be identified, told the ABC that he and his companions had been moved on from where they’d been camping at the beach.
“I think they (the residents) are afraid of backpackers, that we transfer the virus and they want to protect their local people, which I understand,” Egli ha detto.
The man said he’d thought about returning home to Switzerland, but was worried he might get stuck in another country on the way.
An Italian traveller told the ABC she was afraid to return home because the situation in Italy was worse than in Australia.
Mayor urges ‘compassion’
The nearby City of Busselton has also urged backpackers to go home, but Mayor Grant Henley acknowledged some were legitimately stranded.
“While we do urge them to return home if possible, the reality is that for many this is just not possible now,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“The last thing we want is a community of backpackers sleeping rough across the district because we didn’t respond to their situation practically and with compassion — we’re better than that.”
Mr Henley has called on local tourism operators to open up vacant accommodation for those in need.
“This is what we hope communities across Australia and the world would do for our residents in a similar predicament,” Egli ha detto.
New website promises to fill ag jobs
Yesterday, the State Government launched a new website — www.jobsinwafoodandag.com — linking job seekers with primary producers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Agriculture Minister Alan MacTiernan told the Country Hour that anyone who secured employment through the service would be exempt from the regional travel restrictions.
“We’re just saying to people that rather than what’s happening at the moment, that we’ve got hundreds of backpackers rocking up into Manjimup and Margaret River looking for work, we want you to get your job first, and we’re facilitating that,” lei disse.
But it’s uncertain whether the website will address the glut of backpackers in towns like Margaret River, as it will also cater to the many regional West Australians who have found themselves out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development agribusiness development manager Jackie Jarvis said backpackers had been an “amazing resource” for agriculture, but that they should go home if they could.
“They’ve really kept ag going for the last 20 anni, but times are really challenging at the moment,” lei disse.
“We need to be mindful that backpackers who might want to stay, they might be having issues with travel insurance, they might be having issues with getting home down the track.”