Don Punch, Mick Murray, Nola Marino address the Greater Bunbury community

South-West leaders are calling upon all local residents to exercise caution over the next few weeks and months, in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to the Mail, Bunbury MLA Don Punch urged the community to follow the correct protocols with regards to hygiene and social distancing.

"We should absolutely follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer - engage in appropriate handwashing, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and don't shake hands with others," he said.

"We can take responsibility by following these basic principles of hygiene.

"Those who are healthy and secure in their employment should be doing what they can to buy local and spend local.

"We need to help our local businesses to try and help other people."

Mr Punch spoke out against "panic buying", and urged citizens to treat all supermarket and pharmacy employees with respect.

"The panic buying has got to stop - that is not who we are as a community," he said.

"I understand people's fear and anxiety, but there's plenty to go around. All that panic buying does is put elderly people and vulnerable people at risk."

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said this was a time for community members to show care and compassion for one another.

"It is deeply troubling to learn about so many people in our community who are doing it tough as we face these uncertain times," he said.

"Many sports clubs are concerned about the financial implications following bans on mass gatherings and the postponement or cancellation of sporting events.

"I am particularly concerned for the most vulnerable, including the elderly; please continue to support each other while being mindful of the restrictions on movement and gatherings.

"I appreciate your cooperation and patience in these difficult times as the government continues to formulate measures to support and protect impacted industries."

Echoing Mr Punch and Mr Murray's sentiments, Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino pleaded with the community to help maintain order.

"Keeping Australians safe and healthy is the government's top priority," she said.

"We've already taken significant steps to contain the COVID-19 virus and to delay community transmission in Australia.

"Our main objective now is to slow the spread and impact of the virus in Australia by taking additional steps."

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