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27 March 2020


State Emergency Management Committee

APY is intent on doing all it can to secure its borders and keep vulnerable Anangu safe.

To help keep coronavirus out of our communities, APY has asked for a North West presence in State
Emergency Management planning.

SA Police has responded positively by forming the
Remote and Vulnerable Communities Sub
. This has been established under the Emergency Management Act, which feeds directly
into State Emergency Management planning.

APY is working with the State Emergency Management Committee to ensure:

Extra doctors and nurses are based on the APY Lands, while ensuring health workers are not arriving from COVID-19 hotspots.

Suitable accommodation is identified for additional health workers on the APY Lands in empty houses and at Yulara/Marla.

There are suitable isolation places for people who need to self-isolate on the APY Lands or at Yulara/Marla.

Airstrips are ready for 24/7 evacuations of seriously ill COVID-19 victims.

Regular food supplies are maintained.

Cold storage is available on the APY Lands.

The Biosecurity Act is in force now. You must stay where you are and only travel if you are getting
food from your community store or visiting a health clinic for regular medicines/check-ups.

APY will continue to work with SA Police under the Biosecurity Act to make sure no persons, not even
Anangu, enters the APY Lands unless they are providing an essential service or on approved
compassionate grounds


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