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Council releases Foreshore and Parks COVID-19 Summer Safety Plan

12/11/2020

Georges River Council has released its Foreshore and Parks COVID-19 Summer Safety Plan to maintain safe and enjoyable community spaces for residents and visitors throughout summer.
 
The plan, which commenced this month, has identified local priority areas and will ensure the public is aware of and complies with COVID-19 Public Health Orders. It outlines four stages that will guide how Council will respond to non-compliance and directions from NSW Health throughout the summer season.
 
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the plan will allow members of the Georges River area to enjoy their summer whilst balancing the public health risk brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“Summer is a great time in the Georges River area and we want people to get out and enjoy their favourite summer activities, but it's critical that we all comply with the COVID Safe rules to continue to manage the pandemic,” said Mayor Greene.
 
“Council has implemented an extensive plan to ensure that residents and visitors to the area can still enjoy local recreational opportunities like swimming, parklands, cycling and walking tracks, while keeping themselves and the rest of the community safe.
 
“Council is installing signage around popular locations in the local area to remind people of important COVID Safe rules, and I implore visitors to adhere to these rules so that we can continue to enjoy our beautiful foreshore and parklands,” added Mayor Greene.
 
Council will focus on educating the public on the NSW Health Physical Distancing Guidelines with public announcements, social media content, signage and implementing controls at public amenities including public parks, reserves and outdoor pools as directed by NSW Health.
 
Council Rangers, Parking Patrol Officers and Engineering Operations units will be deployed to enforce regulations with increased patrols and monitoring during the school holidays and on weekends.
 
The following locations have been identified as part of Council’s plan:
  • Carss Bush Park, baths and dog park
  • Oatley Bush Park
  • Oatley Pleasure Grounds baths
  • Jewfish Bay Baths
  • Olds Park
  • Hurstville Oval
  • Evatt Park
  • Gannons Park, wetlands and dog park
  • Gifford Park
  • Harold Fraser Reserve/Oval
  • Moore Reserve and dog park
  • Riverwood Dog Park
  • Todd Park
  • Poulton Park
  • Tom Ugly’s Point
All parks and reserves, public amenities, swimming enclosures (baths), BBQ’s, shelter sheds, picnic tables and outdoor seating as well as playgrounds and exercise stations are included in the plan and will be monitored.
 
Signage will reinforce Public Health Orders including the required 4m2 per person order per location and 1.5 metre physical distancing requirements. The community is encouraged to read the plan for further detail on its implementation: https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/StGeorge/media/Documents/Council/FINAL-Public-facing-Georges-River-Council-Foreshore-and-Parks-COVID-19-Summer-Safety-Plan-V-1-0.pdf

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