Harvey beautician opens after COVID break

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey beautician Paula Godber and her dog Beau are excited to be open under the phase three easing of restrictions.
Camera IconHarvey beautician Paula Godber and her dog Beau are excited to be open under the phase three easing of restrictions. Credit: Briana Fiore

The staggered start to reopening WA saw phase 3 came into effect on Saturday and a number of activities were given the green light after a three-month ban.

A hundred people can now gather in an area, with 300 permitted in venues with split indoor and outdoor spaces.

The capacity rule has also been downgraded to 2sq m per person.

Playgrounds and skate parks are now filled with children and fitness classes are back on the calendar.

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Full contact sports and training is now permitted and many local clubs are setting a date to return. The Harvey Hawks Football Club will start its junior season on June 20.

Galleries, museums, zoos, theatres and cinemas can open as can beauty therapy and personal care services. One beautician in Harvey was delighted to be able to open her home salon.

Paula Godber said her clients were excited to finally receive waxing and skincare services.

“I had clients message me to say they felt like Hairy Maclary and so they were really happy to be able to receive waxing treatments after a long wait,” Mrs Godber said.

“I am lucky I run my business from home and so did not have a lot of the overhead costs that a lot of salons may have been hit with.”

Mrs Godber said she felt fortunate living in a country town and thought it was safe to reopen.

“As much as my clients are my clients, they are also my friends,” she said. Mrs Godber has been offering beautician services from her home salon in Harvey for 25 years.

“This year is actually my 25th year anniversary,” she said.

“I love the one-on-one interaction with people and enjoy communicating with my clients.”

She said she had wanted to be a beautician from a young age.

“My Mum went into a home salon in Newman and I went along to wait for her, then when I turned 16, I decided to do my diploma and become a beautician.”

Mrs Godber said she was also stocking local skincare products such as Tahloki Skincare to support ethical suppliers from the area.

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