UPDATE OF COVID-19S IMPACT ON GRIFFITH CITY COUNCIL OPERATIONS
Griffith City Council is continuing to review health advice from NSW Health and the commonwealth and state governments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, Council has put into place changes to address public safety.
General Manager Brett Stonestreet said Council was monitoring the NSW Health site www.health.nsw.gov.au and liaising with other government agencies to ensure a best practice response.
“It is disappointing to have to cancel our events and close facilities. But these decisions will not be made lightly. We can all play a part in slowing the spread of the virus by reducing contact between people unless absolutely necessary,” Mr Stonestreet said.
These interim measures are in line with state and federal government advisories about outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people and non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people emphasising the importance of social distancing of 1.5m between people at all times.
Changes to Council Services:
Access to Council Premises and Facilities
Council is constantly monitoring the situation modifying services accordingly. The community is encouraged to avoid face-to-face contact where possible.
Alcohol-based hand sanitiser has been placed at Council facilities and visitors are encouraged to regularly wash their hands and maintain social distancing.
Payment of invoices and customer service enquiries:
Customers of Council are requested to reconsider their need to visit the administration building. Customers are asked to make every effort to pay invoices via phone and internet banking using BPay or other details specified on their invoice. For other enquiries, it is advisable to phone Griffith City Council on 6962 8100 in the first instance as it is likely queries can be resolved without visiting the administration building in person.
Meetings with Council Staff:
For planning and rates enquiries, please phone ahead on 6962 8100 to schedule an appointment. Where possible, meetings will be conducted over the phone to limit in-person contact.
Contractors and Consultants:
Griffith City Council requests no site visits by external contractors, consultants or visitors who have come from overseas in the past 14 days. All Contractors and Visitors will need to complete a Quarantine Declaration prior to entry to site.
The ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March at 7pm will proceed, however members of the public are strongly encouraged to observe social distancing of 1.5m should they attend. Councillors will be considering a report on further management and operational arrangements for Council facilities should COVID-19 escalate within the Griffith community.
A decision regarding future Council meetings will be determined based on advice from NSW Health and the Office of Local Government.
Changes to date include:
- Griffith Regional Theatre – Closed until further notice, please contact the theatre on 6962 8444 to arrange refunds on purchased tickets
- Griffith City Library – Cancellation of regular programs including Story Time, Rhyme Time and suspension of JP services until further notice. For more information, contact 6962 8300
- Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre (GRALC) – Still operational at this stage (as per statement from the Prime Minister https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures however, membership refunds are available for all sessions including Swim School, for more information, contact 6962 8228
- Cancellation of Pioneer Park Good Friday Action Day
- Cancellation of Anzac Day Ceremony Memorial Park
- Postponement of Vintage Festival
Council is continuing to review other events and activities, and will keep residents updated as changes are made. Council’s Facebook and website www.griffith.nsw.gov.au are a great way to keep informed.
Local operators and event organisers are being urged to contact the Griffith City Council Tourism Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 681 141 to advise of any event updates, cancellations or changes to business hours
For other community events held by other groups in the community, please refer to the organisers.
Council asks people to take precautions with their health and the health of their loved ones by following these guidelines from the www.health.nsw.gov.au website:
• clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
• cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with tissue.
• avoid close contact with people who are ill
• avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• stay home if you are sick.
To find out more, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au