Council closures reinforces government and health authorities' advice to stay home


Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement last night of further closures of non-essential businesses, all Singleton Council facilities will be closed from midnight tonight.

Singleton Library, Youth Venue and Customer Service centres (including the Visitor Information Centre) are among the facilities to close to customers.

But General Manager Jason Linnane said Council was continuing to operate to provide services to the community as much as usual, although modified in some instances.

He is encouraging people to tap into the range of online services available, including the digital library catalogue and new ways of interacting with the community such as StoryTime on the Library’s Facebook page.

“Our customer-facing services have been closed to physical visitors, but we are really lucky to have a dedicated and innovative team who have come up with a range of ways we can still interact with our community,” Mr Linnane said.

“We are very conscious of the role Council plays not only in providing essential services such as waste collection and water and sewer, but in creating a connected and resilient community.

“We are reinforcing the government’s advice to practice social distancing and to stay at home, while at the same time encouraging people to stay connected using any or all of Council’s platforms including online services and social media.”

Mr Linnane said available Council staff remained on the job.

“There are provisions in place for staff to work at home where possible, and we are exercising social distancing, increased hygiene and increased cleaning in our workplaces,” he said.

“Council takes the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce extremely seriously, and especially so in these circumstances.

“We have a dedicated workforce committed to providing the best possible services to our community, who are getting on with important and meaningful work, whether it is face-to-face (in essential circumstances only), over the phone, online or behind the scenes.

“Council is supporting our staff and will be ready when this situation does eventually pass so that we can help our community get back on its feet as quickly as possible.”

The full list of Council closures at this time is:

  • Singleton Library closed to visitors
  • Singleton Youth Venue closed to visitors
  • Mobile Preschool closed
  • Singleton Visitor Information Centre closed
  • Customer Service in Council’s Administration Building closed to visitors; please call us if you have enquiries as our customer service teams are available
  • Riverside, Rose Point and Allan Bull playgrounds closed
  • Waste Management Facility closed to household disposals; please use your kerbside collection to dispose of rubbish
  • Burragan Recycling Centre at Waste Management Facility closed
  • Council buildings closed, including 74 George Street and the Museum
  • Work on Broke Skate Park has been suspended
  • All public toilets closed with the exception of Burdekin Park (24 hours) and Townhead Park (daytime hours only), and toilets in our villages