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Wingecarribee Shire Council and COVID-19

19 March, 2020Posted in: Community
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Statement from the General Manager, Ms Ann Prendergast regarding COVID-19

As our Shire continues to recover from the devasting summer bushfires, our community is now facing a new challenge in the form of the ever changing COVID-19 situation.

I want to provide an update as to what Council is doing to keep our customers and staff safe and how we are managing essential services during this time of heightened concern.

Rest assured Council is taking steps to assess the ways in which this virus may impact essential services.  This will involve enacting our existing emergency plans if required.

Actions that the organisation has taken over the past few days include:

  1. Establishing a Continuity Management Team and assessing all critical business continuity plans, which have been prepared in the event of such a situation such as this.

 

  1. Monitoring all advice currently being provided through the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health. We encourage all residents to do the same.

 

  1. Providing information to our staff on safe hygiene practices and protocols to ensure that steps are taken to minimise the spread of the virus.

 

  1. Assessing all events and programs organised by Council and making the necessary decision to postpone or cancel these events in the interests of community safety.

I wish to stress that Council will continue to rely on the advice provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health and that we will continue to update our emergency protocols to reflect this advice.

As the situation evolves over the coming days and weeks, the way in which we deliver our services may be impacted.

Council will continue to provide updates on its response to the current situation and its impact on services and events through our social media channels and website.

 

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