Four local Shires representing a huge swathe of the Kimberley have called on the State Government to enforce a travel ban to the region amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Kimberley Zone, made up for the Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley shires, held two meetings late last week and reached a consensus that more needs to be done to protect the region from COVID-19. The group has already welcomed the McGowan Government’s ruling that interstate arrivals must go into self isolation for 14 days and recent measures taken to protect remote Aboriginal communities. However, with the Kimberley home to many at-risk people, residents could be more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and suffering its adverse health effects. Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey said it was important that action was taken immediately. “We are calling on the State Government to enforce a maximum level of travel restrictions across and around the Kimberley region as soon as possible,” he said. “While the State Government’s recent decisions in relation to curtailing interstate travel are a great start, additional measure must be taken in the North West before any confirmed cases of COVID-19 are identified. “The potential consequences of uncontrolled COVID-19 in the Kimberley would be devastating and as such the region’s four local governments are committed to working together to protect our residents.” Travel restrictions to WA are set to be implemented at 1.30pm today, with Kununurra the closest regional town to the State border.