Hilltops Council encourage community members to stay up to date with information provided by the Australian Federal Government and the Department of Health, the Council will be following their instructions and guidelines.
Council have made a number of proactive decisions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The following decisions have been made in line with the Australian Federal Government guidelines and recommendations and have been effective from since Thursday 19 March 2020:
- Council operated libraries in Boorowa, Harden and Young will be closed until further notice.
- Council operated Visitor Information Centres in Boorowa, Harden and Young will be closed until further notice.
- Council requires sports clubs, schools and any organisation that utilise Council sports fields to cease competitions until end of April 2020 at this stage. Council also encourages sporting and social clubs on private facilities to suspend activities until the end of April.
- Council requires all community/social/cultural organisations that use Council facilities, to suspend meetings and gatherings until the end of April 2020.
- Council encourages all sports clubs, schools and other organisations on non-Council facilities to suspend their activities until the end of April 2020.
- Swimming pools in Boorowa and Harden will be closed for the remainder of the season.
Effective from Tuesday the 24th of March the following services will be closed to the public:
- Hilltops Council’s Administration Building in Young.
- Council’s Customer Service Centres inBoorowa, Harden and Young.
The Customer Service Team will be available over the phone, online via Council’s webpage and via email only.
A number of events have been cancelled including:
- The Lambing Flat Chinese Festival Young.
- ANZAC Day services across the region.
- All library events and school holiday activities.
- All Council 355 committee and working party meetings where no urgent decisions are required have been cancelled until the end of April 2020.
The Council’s number one priority, should the virus escalate in the region, will be maintaining provision of essential services such as water and waste services.
The safety of the community is a priority and will remain at the forefront of all decisions that are made. Council’s approach to the declared national biosecurity emergency has been the introduction of various measures aimed at managing risk.
Current advice from the NSW Government:
- Any staff member who has been overseas is excluded from work for 14 days from the date they return to Australia.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
- Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from work for 14 days since last contact with the person who is the ‘confirmed case’.
- Staff who have returned to Australia and have shown no symptoms during the 14-day home-isolation period are able to return to work.
- Hilltops Council will continue to monitor advice from the Department of Health to monitor and respond to developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community.