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COVID-19 Updates
 
  • Local drive through testing clinic
    A drive-through testing clinic is available at:

    79 Coleridge Street
    Riverwood NSW 2210
    Ph: 02 8745 6500
    Open: Monday to Friday
    8.30am - 4.30pm

    For more information visit https://medlab.com.au/coronavirus-testing


     
  • Additional resources 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.
     

  • 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.
     
  • Customer service
    Council's Service Centres at Georges River Civic Centre in Hurstville and the Clive James Library and Service Centre in Kogarah are open.

    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 Term 1 2021.  
     
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

     
     

 

 


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