Message from the Mayor 27 March 2020

30th March 2020

Council held a meeting on Tuesday 24 March with key stakeholders and also a Special Meeting on Friday 27 March to look at measures to minimise the risk to public health due to Covid-19.

From these meetings the key messages are:

  • DO NOT GO TO THE MEDICAL CENTRE UNITL YOU HAVE RUNG UP AND GOT INSTRUCTIONS
  • If you are over 70 you should isolate because of the high risk. More information can found at the following link: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance
  • The State Government have established a new phone number to report people who are not adhering to the requirements for mandatory self-isolation. The number is 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The following is a link.

Council have also decided the following:

  • All playgrounds are closed
  • All public barbeques are closed
  • All public toilets except for Front Beach and Long Beach are closed. We will provide more frequent cleaning of the two open facilities
  • The Council Office will not provide face-to-face services. Council is contactable by phone and email only
  • The Library hours have been reduced to Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm. You will can order the items you want online, by email or telephone and collect them at the Library. There is no public access into the Library or the Visitor Information Centre
  • All Council advisory meetings are to cease unless determined as urgent and necessary by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Council is developing criteria to provide rate relief for people who have lost their job or have had to close their business. We will inform when we have completed the criteria

Council are also supporting a group of committed community members to provide emergency food relief for members of our community. The intent of this group is to support the people who have lost their jobs and the isolated elderly in our community to ensure they can have a healthy meal. Further details on this initiative will be available shortly.

Please be aware that due to the dynamic nature of this declared emergency that we will be posting more regularly on Facebook.

These actions are about supporting each other to minimise the impact of the virus on our community.