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COVID-19 safe events coming to the Georges River

01/09/2020

The Georges River Council community will come together safely to enjoy quality local events over the Spring/Summer period, despite restrictions in place to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georges River Council endorsed a COVID-19 Safe Community Events Program at its Meeting on 24 August 2020, which will bring a series of free events to the Georges River community from September 2020, through to February 2021.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the events will allow the community to connect again following a challenging year of drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council has had to make the decision to cancel its popular Magic of Christmas, Australia Day and Lunar New Year events, which attract tens of thousands of people from across Sydney,” said Mayor Greene.

“I am delighted that Council is able to bring a broad mix of scalable events to the Georges River area, which can be adapted to the changing nature of COVID-19 restrictions.

“There really is something for everyone in the mix - like a Frightful Eighties’ Drive-in Movie Marathon for Halloween, local food markets, mobile music events, fun run and community sports fan days.

“While Council’s Magic of Christmas event cannot go ahead in the traditional sense, Council will make sure much-needed Christmas joy is spread throughout the local area with a range of virtual and physical events, including digital Santa photos, an ice-skating rink and Christmas carollers,” added Mayor Greene.

At the Council Meeting on Monday 24 August 2020, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry spoke about the importance of connecting the community to events while keeping residents COVID-19 safe.

“Council’s Community and Culture Team has been working hard to re-imagine its summer events and adapt them to the current environment, to give residents an opportunity to enjoy new experiences and support local business while staying safe and healthy,” said Councillor Landsberry.

Richard Sheehan, Vice President of Oatley Lions and Festival Coordinator of the Oatley Village Festival also expressed support of the COVID-19 Safe Community Events Program.

“This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, most larger scale community events such as the Magic of Christmas, Australia Day Festival, Lunar New Year, The Oatley Lions Village Festival and The Lugarno Lions Spring Festival are unable to be held, leaving a huge gap in the program of local community events,” he said.

“Both Oatley and Lugarno Lions are excited by the proposed program and wish to express our full support for the concept. We look forward to working closely with Council in order to assist them to implement their plans over the next six months,” Mr Sheehan added.

The program also features wellness events and an Australia Day Award Ceremony and Citizenship Ceremony. Attendee numbers for physical events will be controlled using a ticketing system, and will include hygiene and physical distancing measures, COVID-19 safety marshals and COVID-19 safety plans.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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