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COVID-19 Updates
 
  • Georges River Foreshore and Park COVID-19 Summer Safety Plan
    Throughout the 2020/2021 summer season, Georges River Council will focus on maintaining safe and enjoyable community spaces for residents and visitors alike. Council Rangers, Parking Patrol Officers and Engineering Operations units are deployed, particularly during school holidays and on weekends, to provide enhanced and increased patrols and monitoring.

    Council has focussed on educating the public of the NSW Heath Social Distancing Guidelines through public announcements, social media content, signage and implementing controls of public amenities including public parks, reserves, outdoor pools etc. and will continue to do so.

    For further details review the Georges River Council’s Foreshore and Parks COVID-19 Summer Safety Plan or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 9330 6400, or St George Police Area Command Office on (02) 8566 7499

     


     
  • Waste requirements for people in isolation or with positive COVID-19 results
    The NSW EPA and NSW Health have advised that anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 or is currently in self-isolation must dispose of their double-bagged household waste in a lined red lidded general waste bin.  

    To align with this advice, Council urges any residents who have tested positive to COVID-19, or are in self-isolation, to double bag household waste (including recyclables) while infectious (or potentially infectious). If you are in this category, all your household waste must be disposed of in your red-lidded general waste bin. Plastic bags must never be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin.

    When presenting bins kerbside, please ensure that bin lids are closed and that bins are not overflowing with waste.

    Once the spread of COVID-19 is controlled or risk is mitigated, recyclables can again be placed unbagged in yellow-lidded recycling bins.
     
  • Council Events
    Council's has designed a COVID-19 Safe Community Events Program which will bring a series of free events to the Georges River community from September 2020, through to February 2021. This program will enable the Georges River community to come together safely to enjoy quality local events over the Spring/Summer period, despite restrictions in place to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Stay tuned for these new events to be announced and included in Council’s What’s On event listing.
  • Meetings and gatherings

    As of Friday 23 October 2020 gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people under a relaxation of COVID-19 rules.

    From this date, up to 30 people can gather in outdoor public spaces, an increase from 20, and up to 30 customers per booking and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues will be allowed, an increase from 10.

    On Friday, 16 October 2020 the following changes also came into effect:

    • Corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at an appropriate premises, including at restaurants
    • A music rehearsal or performance of up to 500 people may be held in an outdoor public place
    • Up to 150 people may attend weddings, and
    • Up to 100 people may attend funerals and religious services.

    All events and premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

    Additionally, from 1 December 2020 the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people from 150, subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors.

    Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.
     

  • Customer service
    Council's Service Centres at Georges River Civic Centre in Hurstville and the Clive James Library and Service Centre in Kogarah have now re-opened.

    Residents can also access Council services online at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au including rate payments, live chat, service request lodgements and information on waste services.
     
  • Childcare services

    Our early education services at Jack High Long Day Care, Penshurst Long Day Care, Carss Park Narani Child Care Centre, Oatley West Early Learning Centre and Ocean Street Kindergarten will remain open for normal hours of operation.  

    South Hurstville Kindergarten will be open between 8.30 am and 4.00pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with preschool fees fully funded by NSW Education.  Wednesdays will open between 8.00am to 4.00pm with pre-school fees applicable as per 2020/21 Schedule of Fees and Charges. Our After Care Service between 4.00pm and 5.00pm is available daily but, will need to be pre-booked a week in advance. The new arrangements will be temporary; however will remain in place until the end of 2020.  
     
    As a result of very low attendance, Hurstville Early Learning Centre will currently remain closed.
     
    Our Resource Libraries continue to be available for enrolled children so that families can borrow educational resources from their early learning centres, to assist home learning.
     
    Please contact our Children’s Services administration team for further information on 9330 6449 or csadmin@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
     
    Please note children who attend our childcare centres are all required to be immunised. Find further details on Immunisation and Childcare in NSW.

     

  • Waste and recycling
    At this stage, Council’s waste and recycling services remain unaffected.

    Council’s weekly e-Waste drop-off service which is held on Saturday mornings at Mortdale Depot has been temporarily cancelled until further notice.
  • Libraries
    Hurstville Library, the Clive James Library Kogarah and Penshurst Library are now open for a number of services. Customers have access to self-service kiosks, public access computers, printing / photocopying, browsing the collection and designated study spaces. 
        
    The opening hours are:
    • Hurstville Library is 10.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday
    • Clive James Library is 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday
    • Penshurst Library is 10.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday
    We hope to reopen our other library service points as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

    Returns are available at all libraries via 24/7 after-hours returns chute.

    Enquiries can be emailed to library@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au 

    To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we request that visitors to the Georges River Libraries observe the following rules:
    • Please keep 1.5m distance from other visitors while in the library.
    • We are limiting the number of people allowed in the Library according to current NSW Health advice. We have put signage at the door to let you know how many people should be in these spaces.
    • Please use the hand sanitiser when you come in, and again as you leave. We have increased cleaning schedules in place and will be wiping down our surfaces and handles regularly throughout the day. Hurstville Library, the Clive James Library Kogarah and Penshurst Library are now open for a number of services. Customers have access to self-service kiosks, public access computers, printing / photocopying, browsing the collection and designated study spaces. door to let you know how many people should be in these spaces.
    • Please use the hand sanitiser when you come in, and again as you leave. We have increased cleaning schedules in place and will be wiping down our surfaces and handles regularly throughout the day. 
  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery

    Hurstville Museum & Gallery has now reopened after a period of closure due to COVID-19.

    The Hurstville Museum & Gallery's opening hours are:

    Tuesday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Saturday, 10.00am - 2.00pm
    Sunday, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

    To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we request that visitors to the Hurstville Museum & Gallery observe the following rules:

    • Please keep 1.5m distance from other visitors while in the Museum & Gallery.
    • We are limiting the number of people allowed in the Museum & Gallery according to current NSW Health advice. In some of our smaller galleries, we've put signage at the door to let you know how many people should be in these spaces.
    • Please use the hand sanitiser when you come in, and again as you leave. We have increased cleaning schedules in place and will be wiping down our surfaces and handles regularly throughout the day. 
  • Recreation facilities
    All playgrounds and outdoor gyms in the Georges River area have now re-opened. We request all playground and gym equipment users continue to use social distancing. 

    Under the Public Health Order groups of 10 people can train, this includes coaches, and you should talk to your sport to understand how they will approach this.

    - Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre is closed until further notice.
    - Sans Souci Aquatic Centre is closed until further notice.
    - Hurstville and Beverley Park Golf Clubs remain open but have been enforced to comply with  directives from the Federal Government.
    - Norm O’Neill Cricket Centre is closed until further notice.
    - Hurstville Senior Citizens Centre has been closed until further notice.

    With Winter sport slowly resuming and the public health landscape changing rapidly, it is important to remind everyone of their obligations under both the current public health order and the restrictions put in place by the NSW Government.
     
    It is the responsibility of clubs and associations – not the venue hirer or operator to adhere to these guidelines and restrictions. Specific to community sport, clubs and associations must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place for activities that involve more than 20 participants.

     
  • How can I help?

    A united approach to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic will be critical to support impacted people and communities. Council is encouraging members of the community who wish to donate to do so at www.givit.org.au

    Givit is proudly funded by the State Government with 100% of funds raised being used to purchase essential items. Your generosity during this health crisis could make a big difference to people across Australia who are currently experiencing financial hardship.

  • Grants program
    Council recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented effects in our community. In light of the cancellation or postponement of most community events and engagement activities, please be advised of the following regarding Council’s Grants Programs.
     
    If you have already received a Georges River Council grant, the timeframe for completion and acquittal of your funded project may be extended if you are unable to carry out your agreed programs and activities as a result of COVID-19. Formal notification will be sent to all grant recipients in due course, as we review the implications for each funded program. We are presently identifying options for flexibility for grants recipients, and appreciate your patience in this matter.  

    Venue Hire Grants have now commenced for 2020-2021. Applications can be submitted here 
     
    If you have recently applied under Round 2 of the 2019-20 Community Grants/Micro Grants program, or for a Venue Hire Grant, please note that these grants programs have been suspended temporarily.

    As it will not be possible for many groups to carry out their proposed programs, these grant applications will be under review until we are advised that normal activities can resume.
  • Community language translation
    Translated general COVID-19 information 

    Information for our CALD community (see the Translated Resources tile)

    Information on COVID 19 symptoms and testing is now available inthe following community languages:
    •       Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Arabic, Vietnamese
    •       Bengali, Nepali, Mongolian, Indonesian
    •       Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Spanish
    •       French, Portuguese, Russian, Thai


    Easy read resources

    Easy read resources on COVID-19 (including the Public Health Act, testing information, other resources and children's resources)


    SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal

    SBS has launched the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal, a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language.
     
    The portal provides one place where the many Australians who speak a language other than English can come to for the latest news and resources across more than 60 languages, produced by SBS Radio and SBS News.


    Translated Safety plans for businesses

    Safety plans presented in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese


    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities

    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities

  • Regulatory services fact sheets
  • Advice for local business

    The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions. This information is general in nature and has been provided by the NSW Government Small Business Commissioner to support those small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 .  We will bring you any new updates as they occur.

    The Small Business NSW website contains comprehensive advice on how to manage during the crisis. Alternatively you can speak with a Specialist Advisor about your situation by contacting the Small Business NSW Business Hotline on 13 28 46 (7.00am to 9.00pm, 7 days a week).


    Rates and Payments Hardship Assistance

    Council recognises there are residents and business owners who have been adversely affected financially, both directly and indirectly, during this difficult period of COVID-19 and offer payment arrangements such as interest free extensions and interest free payment plans to ease the burden. Visit Hardship Assistance to find out how to apply.

    For businesses renting the property and seeking rates relief - you will require your landlord to apply to Council for hardship assistance.
     

    Federal Government support for busineses

    Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses on Business.gov.au.
     

    JobKeeper Payment

    Businesses can apply to the Australia Tax Office for a JobKeeper wage subsidy. A series of Fact Sheets have been prepared to help businesses understand the eligibility and claims details.
     

    NSW Economic Surplus Package

    Tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase are outlined on the NSW Economic Surplus Package web page.
     

    Rent and Lease Enquiries

    Advice can be sought on your obligations under rent and lease arrangements can be made by contacting 1300 795 534 where you can speak to an expert on retail and commercial leases.
     

    Business Connect

    If you require support on topics such as managing cashflow, changing your business model and delivering services online, marketing your business during in a challenging environment, reassessing your supply chain, or even accessing financial support, the NSW Government's Business Connect offers a free, mobile business advisory service. This service also offers advice in other community languages.

    To book a session with your local advisor, visit Business Connect  or call 1300 134 359.
     

    Mental Health Support

    If you need support during this stressful time, please visit Lifeline for specific advice on managing mental health during COVID-19.
     

    Additional support services

    The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

    • Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
    • Mensline - 1300 789 978
    • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
    • Beyondblue - 1300 22 4636

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.
     

  • Rates and payments, hardship assistance
    Council recognises there are residents and business owners who have been adversely affected financially, both directly and indirectly, during this difficult period of COVID-19 and offer payment arrangements such as interest free extensions and interest free payment plans to ease the burden. Visit Hardship Assistance to find out how to apply.

    For businesses renting the property and seeking rates relief - you will require your landlord to apply to Council for Hardship Assistance.
     
  • Information for seniors

    The NSW Government have produced important information about Services available to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Council's Services for Seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic also contains excellent resources and support for older members of the Georges River community.

    SHARE is offering free on-line classes for older people including Tai-Chi, Fitting and Stronger, and Relax and Unwin. For more information and details on how to participate in these sessions, view the SHARE At Home Exercise classes for Physical and Mental Health brochure.

  • Emergency financial assistance and support
    For information on emergency financial assistance, accommodation and food relief, visit St George Services.
  • Information for people experiencing race discrimination

    Since the start of the crisis, there has been a deeply disturbing rise in racial vilification of Asian Australians. We believe this poses a serious threat to our national unity, social cohesion, resilience and recovery. It is essential that the distrust, disenfranchisement and vilification of Australians of any racial background is not tolerated under any circumstances.

    We encourage community members to stand together to reject racism by signing the #UnityOverFear petition at bit.ly/unityoverfear

    If you've experienced racism as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), or if you have a question about discrimination and your rights, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW. Their enquiries team is ready to answer your questions or they can help you make a complaint. If they can’t help, they will try to help you find a service that can.

    如果您因新冠肺炎(COVID-19)而遭受种族歧视,或者对歧视和权利有疑问,请与新南威尔士州反歧视委员会联系。 他们的咨询团队随时准备回答您的问题,或者他们可以帮助您进行投诉,如果他们帮不了,他们会尽力帮您找到一个可以帮助您的服务。
     

  • Telehealth services
    Telehealth is a safe and convenience way to visit your doctor of a consultation using your phone or video conference in the comfort and safety of your home. 

    To learn more and to book an appointment, review this Introduction to Telehealth - How to use.
  • COVID-19 Testing

    Help protect your family and community against COVID-19. Get tested even if you have mild symptoms. These include fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat, runny nose or shortness of breath.

    It is safe to attend testing clinics. Clinics have hand gel, masks and other measures in place to protect all patients and staff from COVID-19.

    Local testing clinics:

    Hurstville Community Health Centre

    34 Woniora Rd, Hurstville
    9am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
    9 am – 2pm Weekends
    (closed on public holidays)

    St George Hospital

    Level 1, Clinical Services Building,
    Kensington Street, Kogarah
    8am - 6pm daily

    Testing is free and a Medicare card is not required .

    Other public COVID-19 testing clinics are listed on the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service website. Testing is also available through your GP. For more information, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450.

    We are also urging community members to install the COVIDSafe app. This helps the Department of Health support and protect our communities, and enables people who have been exposed to the coronaviris (COVID-19) to be contacted an an appropriate plan put in place.
     

  • NSW-Victoria border reopening

    The NSW Government reopen the border with Victoria at 12.01am on Monday 23 November. 

    We have protected each other and our local community by staying COVID Safe. And we’ve seen Victoria work hard to get the virus under control. 

    Now we are ready to reopen, to give people confidence to make plans and reunite with family in the lead up to the holidays.

    Thank you for your patience, particularly those communities and businesses in border areas. 

    Let’s remain vigilant 

    We all have a part to play in keeping COVID Safe. We're asking everyone in the community – in both NSW and Victoria – to ensure they're familiar with the current COVID-19 restrictions and to follow COVID Safe best practice wherever they are. 

    Stay home if you have any symptoms and getting tested. Check-in when you visit a venue or business where required. Stay 1.5m apart from others or wear a mask when you can’t. Wash your hands frequently. And if you’re a business, make sure you have a COVID Safe plan. 

    The most up to date information on what to do in NSW can be found at nsw.gov.au, and in VIC at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au 

    It’s great to be back together – let’s remain COVID Safe. 

     

    More information

    Please visit nsw.gov.au for more detailed information on border closures and online permit applications, or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
     
    Thank you for your patience and we will continue to update you with further information and materials.

     
  • NSW Planning reforms
    Extensive planning reforms are underway aimed at stimulating the economy and getting construction moving faster. The NSW Planning Reform Action Plan will bring significant time savings and a more transparent and efficient system.
     
    Here is a great explanation of the reforms from Lindsay Taylor Lawyers.

     
     
  • Face masks
    Wear a mask if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others. Also wear a mask if you have symptoms and are seeking medical advice, or if you are in isolation in the same room as another person.

    For more information on wearing face masks, view the NSW Government website.

 

 


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