Council Happenings - 7 August 2020

LAST CHANCE TO DROP IN FOR DUNGOG'S FUTURE

Following a busy week of Drop-In Sessions across the Shire, we will be holding our final Drop-In Session for residents to have their say on the Rural Lands Strategy, while the Policy Directions Paper is still on public exhibition.

Council representatives will be at Shaw’s Bakery, Clarence Town, from 10am – 12pm this Monday 10 August for your opportunity to contribute to future land use planning in the Dungog Shire. 

We thank all community members for remaining vigilant in adhering to restrictions during these sessions and ask that anyone dropping in on Monday please maintain appropriate social distancing and follow recommended hygiene practices to help keep our entire community safe and healthy.

Light refreshments will be provided.
 

DUNGOG AND CLARENCE TOWN POOLS GET COVID SAFE APPROVAL

Dungog and Clarence Town Pools have both received the official COVID Safe authorisation,  ahead of their scheduled openings in October.

The COVID Safe plan includes procedures and processes that are new for all aquatic centres and swimming pools.

Some of these changes include new and improved safety and directional usage signage, traffic flow of entry and exit, public announcements, COVID safety training programs, separation rules for swimmers and other user groups, and new hand sanitisation units, both in the entry, as well as outside each of the changerooms.

The COVID Safe authorisation are in place, pending any further changes to the Public Health Orders, prior to when the swimming season begins!
 

SPOONER BRIDGE UPDATE

Works on the new Spooner Bridge have been finalised this week, with approach works commencing soon, and all works anticipated to be completed by the end of October.

While the new bridge is currently open to public access, the causeway adjacent to the bridge was closed for public access last week, and remains closed until further notice.

As we work toward full completion, we will continue to update you about this important infrastructure project for our Shire.


COVID-19 DELAYS COMMUNITY GRANTS

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the subsequent emerging changes, councils across the Hunter region have collaboratively decided to delay the upcoming rounds of Community Grants, with further advice to follow at the end of this month.  

The Small Community Grant Program 20/21 will still open, but due to the COVID-19 situation, it may have changed delivery outcomes to align with Public Health Orders.

Council will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available.


LAST ‘LIVING WITH LESS’ ONLINE WORKSHOP

The final online workshop in the popular Living with Less series is happening this Thursday 13 August at 6.30pm.

This is your last chance to learn the art of decluttering, organising, donating and sustainable removal of your stuff. You will also learn how to set goals, find the time to get it done, stay motivated, and to organise, recycle or give away your unwanted or unused 'stuff'.

Tune in for all the tips and tricks from expert Professional Organiser, Susanne Thiebe.

Thursday 13 August 6.30pm – 7.40pm BOOKINGS: trybooking.com/book/event

While this is a free community event, bookings are essential via the link above.

For more information, contact the JR Richards & Sons Waste Education Officer on 0439 890 525 or education@jrrichards.com.au


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