Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Gympie Regional Council Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Gympie Region Local Disaster Management Group is now on Alert status due to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mayor Mick Curran, Disaster Management Committee Chair, said this was a preliminary step as it is important to be on the front foot and ready to provide support to the State Government and community where necessary.
“We don’t as yet know what the impact will be, however we need to be ready if and when we are called upon. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community, and working together for the best possible outcomes, as we do in times of flood or fire.”
Mayor Mick Curran also reinforced the importance of the Queensland Department of Health advice and their lead on the issue, such as the cancellation of events of over 500 people.
“Council-run events, such as Easter on Mary, will be cancelled in line with the government’s decision regarding all non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more.
“We do know these cancellations will impact local traders and suppliers which is unfortunate but vital to ensure the safety and health of our community” said Mayor Curran.
Gympie Regional Council’s website will have a page which will update the community on any impact to Council services as a result of COVID-19.
“The Queensland Department of Health website is the central point of factual information and I would recommend anyone who is looking for further information regarding COVID-19 visit this site.” Said Mayor Curran
Gympie Regional Council senior executive staff are continuing to look at the potential impact of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effects this may have on council and the community. Areas of consideration include critical service delivery, public facilities, staffing numbers and public events.
“At this stage it is business as usual, however we know that this can change overnight and we need to be prepared to ensure continuity of services for our community.” Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith explained.
“We are also looking at our future planning. It’s not a question of if, but when COVID-19 will have an impact on council resulting in changes to services. It is important that we have processes in place to ensure we deliver critical services for the community, and how we support our staff.”
“It’s very important to reinforce that at this stage, no core services are being impacted or reduced, however with the current environment we are in, this can change overnight.”
All customer services points across council, including the library, gallery and civic centre are open as per normal operating hours. For residents who may not wish to visit in person, residents can call council on 1300 307 800.
Council updates can be found gympie.qld.gov.au/covid19.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
From today, people across our region and the country will celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Although COVID - 19 may change the way we get together, it doesn’t change how we can reflect and acknowledge our history, our culture, our achievements and how each of us can individually contribute towards reconciliation in Australians.
In these COVID-19 times, Council will acknowledge the week a little differently. Today at our Council Ordinary Meeting, which will be live streamed, we will have a special acknowledgement of Country, we will commemorate Sorry Day and mark the commencement of Reconciliation Week.
Aunty Lillian Burke Butchulla Elder and President of Cooloola Aboriginal Services Inc. will share her story of the Stolen Generations and what reconciliation means for her. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Aunty Lillian speak and to Council continuing to work with traditional owners and indigenous groups across the region.
We will also be streaming a Reconciliation Week musical event from 7pm this Friday, live from the Civic Centre, plus other activities such as digital storytelling for our local schools. If you’d like to know more, head to the Council website.
The last few weeks have been very busy for Councillors. We are continuing to work on the budget as our priority. There have been some great conversations and I’m really proud of the work Councillors and staff are doing as we work on one of the toughest budgets we’ve seen. We are focused on the core services and getting these right for you, our residents. It’s not going to be an easy job and some very hard decisions made as we look at how we can best serve the community.
Mayor Glen Hartwig