Council Services and Covid-19

Council continues to monitor the latest advice from State and Federal bodies in relation to this issue and will adhere to and implement that advice as soon as is practicable.
 
The ongoing work health and safety of the Dungog Shire Community is of paramount importance to Dungog Shire Council especially in relation to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic with Council’s focus during the COVID-19 situation is to maintain  good service levels while protecting our community.
 
To  assist and support you in your management role of Council owned Facilities, please find below  information  in regards to usage of Shire facilities and how we can work together to reduce any potential impacts that may affect both your facility and users –
 
Required Changes to Council’s Service Provision –
 
Based on the recent announcements from both the Prime Minister, NSW Premier and their health advisors, and to prioritise the well-being of the community and staff, the following changes are being made to Council services until further notice:-
 
Community Buildings and Facilities:
 

  • Clarence Town Community Centre – Based on the current direction from NSW Health and Education Departments, this facility will remain open for the sole utilisation by the Clarence Town Community Pre-school.  No other use of this facility will be permitted;
  • Clarence Town Museum – Closed to all users;
  • Clarence Town School of Arts – Closed to all users;
  • Clarence Town Senior Citizens Centre – Closed to all users;
  • Clarence Town Swimming Pool – Closed to all users;
  • Clarence Town Holiday Park – Reduction in sites;
  • Dungog Doug Walters Pavilion – Closed to all external users;
  • Dungog James Theatre – Closed to all users;
  • Dungog Museum – Closed to all users;
  • Dungog Swimming Pool – Closed to all users;
  • Gresford School of Arts Precinct – Based on the current direction from NSW Health and Education Departments, this facility will remain open for the sole utilisation by the Gresford Community Pre-school.  No other use of this facility will be permitted;
  • Gresford Returned Serviceman’s Hall – Closed to all users;
  • Martins Creek School of Arts – Closed to all users;
  • Paterson Museum – Closed to all users;
  • Paterson School of Arts Hall – Closed to all users;
  • Vacy School of Arts Hall – Based on the current direction from NSW Health and Education Departments, this facility will remain open for the sole utilisation by the Vacy Community Pre-school.  No other use of this facility will be permitted;

Open Spaces
 
Council’s Parks, Reserves and other Open Spaces will generally remain open for passive recreational casual community use.  Council implores users to abide by Social Distancing and number of users at the facilities at any one time.  Group gatherings such as weddings, etc is not permitted.
 
In addition to this, specific rules apply to the following facilities:-
 

  • Clarence Town Tennis Courts – The tennis courts may continue to be utilised but Club House Facility will be closed (with the exception of the storage room);
  • Bennett Park – open space area will remain open for non-structured and casual community use but Canteen and change rooms will be closed;
  • Barnes Oval – this is a Department of education facility with a lease agreement between Council and Department of Education, based on current direction from Education Department this facility is closed to all external users
  • Dungog Showground – This is a Crown Land facility where both Council has partial control responsibilities but other users have lease agreements directly with Crown Lands.  Council’s position at this facility is as follows:-
    • Reduction in use to non-structured and casual community use to be further determined in conjunction with the Section 355 Committee;
    • Council will liaise with the Girl Guides who lease a building on the site with respect to their ongoing use of the facility;
  • Dungog Tennis Courts – The tennis courts may continue to be utilised but Club House Facility will be closed (with the exception of the storage room);
    • Paterson Sports Ground – This is a Crown Land facility where both Council has partial control responsibilities but other users have lease agreements directly with Crown Lands.  Council’s position at this facility is as follows:-
    • Open space areas will remain open for non-structured and casual community use;
    • Boxing facility will be closed to all users;
    • Council will liaise with the Golf Club lessee for continued use but they will be encouraged to not utilise the Club House Facility;
    • Council will liaise with the Tennis Club lessee for continued use but they will be encouraged to not utilise the Club House Facility;

Public Amenities / Toilet Facilities
 
The following Public Amenities / Toilet Facilities will be closed as soon as practicable:-

  • Clarence Town Wharf Reserve;
  • Clarence Town Lions Park (Bridge Reserve);
  • Dungog Bruyn Park (adjacent to the Library);
  • Dungog Frank Robinson Park;
  • Dungog Showground;
  • Gresford School of Arts;
  • Paterson Kings Wharf Reserve;

Public Barbecues
 
All public electric barbecues will be turned off as soon as practicable.  These include barbecues located at:-
 

  • Clarence Town Lions Park (Bridge Reserve);
  • Dungog Coronation Park;
  • Dungog Frank Robinson Park;
  • Dungog Jubilee Park;
  • Gresford Orana Park;
  • Paterson Kings Wharf Park;
  • Paterson John Tucker Park;
  • Vacy Park;

To date, NSW Health and the other advising authorities are clear in their message, with reference to social distancing and non essential indoor gatherings,  these changes will be effective from Tuesday 24th March at 5.00pm, we aim to maintain a  level of service to the community during this period.

The  NSW Health site is the primary source of information and health updates.

Other Council facilities
 
In order to do all we can to limit the transmission of the virus and to prioritise the wellbeing of staff and the community, the end of season closure for the two  public swimming across the Shire will be brought forward to Tuesday 24th  March.
 
Dungog Shire Library will remain open at this time but all public events and children’s story time have been cancelled, Library loans have been extended and access to library computers will be restricted during this time. Gatherings, tutoring sessions, social groups, study sessions and individual student study are no longer permitted this will be reassessed on 13th April.
 
Please disseminate to your committee these changes, if bookings have already been confirmed and fees taken for activities/events after the date of closure then refunds are to be provided. Future reservations can be made but at this time no deposits are to be taken until these changes are reviewed and updates are provided.
 
If  you require any further information or clarification regarding these matters, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Hitchens Executive Manager of Infrastructure and Assets on 49957777.