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  • Latest COVID-19 Update – 6 May 2021

    NSW recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This has prompted Premier Gladys Berejiklian to tighten social distancing restrictions.

    The following measures are effective from midday, Thursday 6 May 2021 until 12:01am Monday, 10 May 2021. The following applies to the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

    • Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children

    • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)

    • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed

    • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed

    • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however; dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time

    • Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.

    NSW Health has also advised if you have been to any of the below locations during the time and date indicated you should:

    • Immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last there

    • Get tested even if you have no symptoms

    • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retests should any symptoms occur

    • Even if you receive a negative test, you must stay in isolation for 14 days

    Annandale, Barbeques Galore Annandale, G1/212-220 Parramatta Road, 2pm to 3pm on Saturday 1 May 2021
    Balgowlah, SMITH MADE 14/28 Roseberry Street, 2:30pm to 2:45pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021
    Bondi Beach, Bondi Trattoria, 34 Campbell Parade, 12:45pm to 1:30pm on Thursday 29 April 2021
    Bondi Junction, Screening of The Courier at Event Cinemas Westfield, 6pm to 8pm on Friday 30 April 2021
    Bondi Junction, The Meat Store 262 Oxford Street, 3pm to 4pm on Sunday 2 May 2021
    Brookvale, Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, 8/52-54 Sydenham Road, 12:30pm to 1pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021
    Casula, Barbeques Galore Casula, The Crossroads Unit 12B Parkers Farm Place, 4pm to 5pm on Saturday 1 May 2021
    Collaroy, Alfresco Emporium 1021 Pittwater Road, 1pm to 1:30pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021
    Double Bay, Chemist Warehouse Double Bay, 459-463 New South Head Road, 3:45pm to 4pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021
    Double Bay, Woolworths Double Bay, Kiaora Lane and Kiaora Road, 4:05pm to 4:15pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021
    Mascot, BP Runway, Mascot Cnr Butler Road and General Holmes Dr, 4:30pm to 5pm on Saturday 1 May 2021
    Moore Park, Azure Café Entertainment Quarter Shop, 5a Building 205, 12:30pm to 1pm on Monday 3 May 2021
    Moore Park, The Stadium Club Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, 11:30am to 12:30pm on Monday 3 May 2021
    Paddington, Barbetta, 2 Elizabeth Street, 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday 30 April 2021
    Rose Bay, The Royal Sydney Golf Club Kent Road, Rose Bay, NSW 2029 5:30pm to 9pm on Monday 3 May 2021
    Rushcutters Bay, Figo Restaurant, 3/56-60A Bayswater Road, 8:45pm to 11pm on Friday 30 April 2021
    Silverwater, Joe's Barbeques & Heating, 142 Silverwater Road, 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturday 1 May 2021
    Silverwater, Tucker Barbecues, 138 Silverwater Road, 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturday 1 May 2021
    Sydney, District Brasserie, 2 Chifey Square, 11am to 12pm on Friday 30 April 2021
    Sydney, HineSight Optometrist; Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, P2 / 61- 101 Phillip Street, 12pm to 1pm on Friday 30 April 2021
    Sydney, Fratelli Fresh Westfield, F5 Pitt Street, 1:15pm to 2:15pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021

    For more information visit NSW Health.

  • Latest COVID-19 update - 14 March 2021
    NSW Health was notified on 13 March of a new case of COVID-19 in a security guard who has been working within the hotel quarantine system, and who is now in isolation.

    All four household contacts of this case have so far tested negative for COVID-19. They will self-isolate for 14 days.

    NSW Health has been notified of a number of venues and public transport routes which have been visited by the confirmed case.

    Anyone who visited any of the following venues at the listed times are close contacts who should immediately be tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:
    • Beverly Hills, Pancakes on the Rocks, 507 King Georges Rd: Saturday 13 March, 10.45am–12pm
    Anyone who was a customer any of the following venues at the listed times should monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms reappear, they should be tested again. 
    • Bexley North, Bexley Aquatic Centre, 98C Preddys Rd: Saturday 13 March, 9am–9.30am
    • Haymarket, Dae Jang Kum Korean restaurant, 35 Goulburn St: Saturday 13 March, 12.15-12.20am
    • Haymarket, 7 Eleven Capitol Square, George St: Saturday 13 March, 12.20-12.25am
    • Hurstville, Hudson’s Coffee Shop Hurstville Private Hospital, 37 Gloucester Rd: Monday 8 March, 8.30-9am
    • Hurstville, Hudson’s Coffee Shop Hurstville Private Hospital, 37 Gloucester Rd: Tuesday 9 March, 8.30-9am
    • Hurstville, Hudson’s Coffee Shop Hurstville Private Hospital, 37 Gloucester Rd: Wednesday 10 March 8.30-9am
    • Hurstville, Coles Hurstville Station, 225 Forest Rd: Wednesday 10 March 8-9pm
    • Hurstville, Hudson’s Coffee Shop Hurstville Private Hospital, 37 Gloucester Rd: Thursday11 March, 8.30-9am
    • Hurstville, Hudson’s Coffee Shop, Hurstville Private Hospital, 37 Gloucester Rd: Friday 12 March, 8.30-9am
    Anyone who travelled on the following train services during the time and date indicated should monitor for symptoms, and if they appear immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms reappear, get tested and isolate again.
    • T4 line, Hurstville to Central: Friday12 March. Departing 6pm Hurstville and arriving Central at 6.30pm
    • T4 line, Central to Hurstville: Saturday13 March. Departing Central 7am and arriving Hurstville at 7.30am
    The source of this new infection is under investigation and urgent genome sequencing is underway. 

    There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../how-to-protect.../clinics or contact your GP.

    NSW Health urges anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

    If you visited Pancakes at the Rocks at Beverly Hills on Saturday 13 March 2021, please get COVID-19 tested. 

    For more information visit NSW Health.
     
  • Construction Work Days - EPA (Covid-19 Development construction work days) Order 2020
    The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 was introduced to address an immediate need in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary measure ensured workers could practice social distancing without a loss of productivity or jobs and ensure homes and necessary infrastructure could be built.
     
    Public health advice and rules have since changed and are less restrictive than they were at the height of the pandemic. Although COVID safe work plans are still required, there are no health orders currently in place that mandate social distancing on worksites.
     
    The Minister has signed Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order (No 1) 2021 which revokes the Construction Work Days Order.

    The order will commence on Monday 17 May 2020.
     
  • 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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