Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Gympie Regional Council Continues To Address COVID-19 Impact On Community
Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran has called a special council meeting for 9am Tuesday morning regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this is having on the community.
The Mayor, in his role as chairperson has also called a meeting of the Local Disaster Management Group, which is currently on Alter status, for Monday.
Council has been responding to the emerging situation regarding COVID-19 for over 2 weeks now with Councils Executive Team regularly meeting to develop and implement plans to deal with the unfolding Pandemic.
Numerous events and activities have been cancelled with the latest service to be impacted being the Gympie Regional Libraries which will close to customers from Monday 23 March until further notice in order to help slow the spread of the virus.
Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith highlighted some of the areas of concern.
“We’re currently working and planning for the continuation of our critical services should the situation significantly escalate, how we deliver these, with the priority of ensuring the ongoing welfare and safety of staff and the community.” He said.
“We are also looking at how we can best support local business. We know businesses are already hurting; what are the measures Council could take to deal with the economic impact? We are also talking to the chambers of commerce and will update the community very soon on this.”
Bernard Smith said some of the proposals being looked at included reducing or eliminating business costs and fees and the promotion of the region with a shop local campaign to name a few.
“We’re also looking at our capital works program with an emphasis on projects with a high employment and local content in order to support local employment,” he said.
“We will do all we can as a Council to support our community through these uncertain times, this is our priority and our focus.” Bernard Smith said. “Once the Council have met on Tuesday, we will update the community on any decisions made, with staff putting into place the outcomes as soon as possible.”
Council will be establishing a hotline next week to assist businesses who have general enquiries, need particular advice, or are working under regulatory requirements which do not directly impact the community but are restricting the business’ ability to operate under the current circumstances, which if where more flexible, would be of assistance.
“It's important that we all support our local businesses any way that we can and I would encourage the community to shop local if they are able to.”
Gympie Regional Council will update the community via the council website, facebook page and local media outlets.
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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