Council takes action to protect the community in response to COVID-19


With heightened health warnings surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Singleton Council is making decisions to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and community members.

The Emergency Services Expo planned for 28 March 2020 has been postponed, and Council is also reviewing Committee meetings on a case-by-case basis.

Councillors resolved at tonight’s Ordinary meeting to make delegation previsions for the Mayor and General Manager to determine Council matters in the event the COVID-19 outbreak affects the operation of Council meetings, as well as for directors to act as General Manager.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said these were unprecedented circumstances, and Council was taking action in line with advice and recommendations from government and health authorities.

“Council is closely monitoring the advice and information and taking action in line with the recommendations coming from the Federal Government and health authorities,” she said.

“Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of Council staff and our community, and I strongly encourage people to work together to safeguard the health of everyone by washing your hands regularly, maintain social distancing and stay at home if you’re sick.

“Council staff are working on Council’s Business Continuity Plan to ensure essential community services will continue in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

“As a result of tonight’s resolution, provision has also been made for Council’s operations to continue in the event of impacts of COVID-19, including decisions usually made at Council meetings.”

General Manager Jason Linnane said people could practice social distancing and avoid attending Council facilities by using online services, visiting Council’s website, via Web Chat or by contacting Council by telephone.

“There are a number of highly efficient channels that people can use to minimise face-to-face interactions, but still conduct Council business and connect with us,” he said.

“While we would ordinarily encourage our customers to come in and see us, we acknowledge these are very different circumstances.

“The situation is changing quickly, and Council is closely monitoring advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health to ensure we are acting in accordance with an informed and measured response for the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community, and especially those most vulnerable.

If you must visit Council facilities, please assist by:

* covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue

* disposing of tissues properly

* washing your hands often with soap and water

* using alcohol-based hand sanitisers

* keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from other people

For more information, visit Australian Government Department of Health or NSW Health.