Council is responding to the COVID-19 restrictions
MAYORS and general managers from across western NSW had a meeting with Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan yesterday to receive an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the latest information on the situation, please visit www.health.gov.au and health.nsw.gov.au.
As mayor, I have acted quickly to close all non-essential council facilities to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to respond to the raft of changes and guidelines announced by the state and federal governments.
It is important we follow these guidelines to keep our community safe.
We understand the closures will have a significant impact on our community and we are working to provide alternative business delivery methods for facilities like our library and information centre.
Given the speed at which these decisions are made it will take us a little while to get these new systems in place, however the library staff, for example, have already held their first online storytime.
The following facilities have closed:
- Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
- Bathurst Library
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
- Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
- Chifley Home
- Bathurst Rail Museum
- National Motor Racing Museum
- Bathurst Visitor Information Centre
- Basketball Stadium
- Manning Aquatic Centre
Please visit the council website to find how our other facilities and services have been impacted.
I would like to assure you that council's essential services including water, sewer and waste will continue.
Lastly, I would like to thank council's staff, the local emergency health services and the community for your continued dedication.
Mayor Bobby Bourke
Make sure you keep up to date with latest on virus
IT'S an anxious time for many in our community as we are dealing with COVID-19.
It is important now, more than ever, that we look after and support our neighbours, our family and our friends.
We ask people to be calm, to work with governments and, importantly, to work with each other.
By doing that, we will be maximising our opportunities to ensure all of us get through this in the best possible position and then to bounce back as quickly as possible.
I want to make sure you are regularly updated on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
I'll try to keep people updated with the latest information and resources. It will also be important to share this information with others.
I'll also be posting updates live on my Facebook page: facebook.com/paultoolemp.
We hear a lot about social distancing, but it is the best measure to combat this disease.
For many, we are not used to it, but it's critical that we all play our part now.
Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another.
When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures, the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed.
This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services.