25 March 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE 25th March 2020 – Playground equipment off limits. Funeral Numbers Restricted.
The announcement last night from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, regarding a nationwide crackdown on social gatherings has prompted Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) to take the decision to close the regions recreational equipment. This includes playground equipment, skate and pump track parks, outdoor gym equipment. CGRC staff will be erecting signage today advising the general public that this equipment is no longer available for public use. The decision was taken to discourage social gatherings following on from the Prime Ministers announcement.
Council will be upscaling cleaning regimes in the regions public toilets and public spaces where possible, and urges all residents to practice increased hygiene levels when coming into contact with hard surfaces.
All residents are urged to limit visits to public places, maintain social distancing measures and be vigilant with hygiene.
CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister said Council was taking advice from the appropriate health authorities and making decisive decisions.
“We have been meeting regularly, and making decisions based on directives from State and Federal Governments, accessing risk based strategies and making logical decisions for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, residents and the community as a whole,” Cr McAlister said.
Council’s customer service areas, in both centres will have strict social distancing measures in force.
“I can’t reiterate this enough, if you don’t absolutely need to come into our offices, please don’t. Almost all transactions can be done using other methods, our customer service teams are on the front line in regards to dealing with the general public, if you are feeling unwell, or have the ability to pay Council fees and charges on line or by phone, please don’t come into the office,” Cr McAlister added.
Residents can access a host of information and forms on the Council website, including
- Your Council
- Rates Information
- Rating Information and forms
- Pensioner Concession Form
- Change of Details form
- Request for Rating information
- Direct Debit Request
- Payment Arrangement Form
The Prime Minister announced further restrictions on public gatherings. Funerals will be restricted to 10 people. Council will be informing local funeral directors, of the new restriction.
Residents can stay updated on the COVID-19 situation by visiting www.cgrc.nsw.gov.au or NSW Health, www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx. Customer Service can be contacted on 1300 459 689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org