Council is urging residents to take the Federal and State Government's messages regarding social isolation and hygiene measures very seriously.
To further strengthen the measures already implemented to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19 in our community, and ensure that we are adhering with the directives of Government, Council is now taking the following additional steps:
- Consolidating public amenities and increasing level of servicing and cleaning of these facilities.
- Restricting access to outdoor recreation equipment including fitness equipment, playgrounds, dog park, BBQ and picnic facilities
- Closure of all Shire sporting complexes including Hockey, Football, Basketball, Tennis, and Netball Courts.
- Closure of tourist attractions and historic sites including Peak Hill Gold Mine & Memorial Hill.
- Closure of public halls and meeting spaces.
- Closure of campgrounds in Bogan Gate and Bogan Weir in Peak Hill
- Restricting visitors to Spicer Caravan Park to permanent residents only.
- Closure of Planning & Environment customer service counter to public walk-ins.
- Restricting methods of payment to EFT only, no cash will be taken at Council’s Administration office or waste facilities.
- Postponement of Free Tip Weekend at Parkes and Peak Hill Waste Facilities.
Council’s Planning & Environment customer service counter will be closed to walk up inquiries as of Monday 30 March, however the customer service team will continue to process enquires over the phone 02 6861 2373 and email firstname.lastname@example.org. To track the status of an existing customer requests, development application and planning certificates, head to the MyParkes portal. The MyParkes portal also allows you to pay your rates, water and accounts online, browse development activity in the Shire and lodge requests and applications to Council.
Recreation parks are still open for general fitness and exercise, however we urge people to heed the Federal Governments social distancing measures and the restriction on public gatherings of two people excluding household members. Please remember that there are fines in place for breaching these rules.
If we don't follow these rules the NSW Police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 to individuals and $5000 for businesses who do the wrong thing.
For example, if a business was hosting a yoga session in Cooke Park with more than one other person, the business who organised it will get $5000 fine and the individuals at the session will get a $1000 fine. This is in addition to the existing enforcement powers available to officers, which include issuing Court Attendance Notices with a maximum penalty of up to $11,000 and/or six months imprisonment for individuals.
The Mayor went on to plead with the community, to follow the Governments social distancing policies.
"Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another which will lead to reducing the spread of coronavirus. If it is possible to stay home, please do - especially if you are in one of the at-risk categories".
"If you need to go out, make sure that you keep 1.5m between yourself and others & avoid crowds and gatherings. Remember that good hygiene is in your hands! Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to prevent passing on germs and use hand sanitiser".
Finally, the Mayor said, "I would like to quote the Deputy Prime Minister who recently wrote 'There will be great economic pain for many through this crisis; however, we must do everything to prevent the pain of losing a loved one to this devastating virus'."
"Council will be lobbying our Federal and State Members, the President of Local Government NSW, and anyone who will listen - we will fight with every last breath, seeking to support our business community," Cr Keith concluded.