Cabonne Council has enacted its Business Continuity Plan to try to provide as many services as possible for as long as possible during the Coronavirus emergency.
Measures have been implemented to enable the Council to continue its operations should one of its offices be forced to shut down.
The Council has relocated and separated executives and staff between offices in Molong and Cudal to duplicate its services in each location and, where possible, staff are working from home to minimise the spread of the virus.
Work crews are starting from different locations and travelling in separate vehicles to observe social distancing protocols as far as practicable.
Essential services such as the provision of water, sewerage and waste collection will be paramount, but should the COVID-19 pandemic escalate the Council may have to reduce its service levels in other areas. This may mean that only emergency roadworks and repairs will be undertaken should Council’s resources be depleted.
However, all non-essential meetings have been postponed until the crisis eases and, no cash transactions will be accepted. New payment arrangements have also come into effect at waste disposal depots.
The NSW Government has also made the decision to postpone the 2020 September local government elections, they will now be held in September 2021.
To comply with the Federal Government’s shutdown of non-essential services, swimming pools, libraries, skate parks, out- door playgrounds, caravan parks, camping grounds, amenities blocks at sporting grounds and the Age of Fishes Museum at Canowindra have been closed while the community shopping bus service and Council’s private skip bin service have been suspended until further notice.
“While Cabonne may seem relatively isolated from areas with the largest number of cases, the best way to manage this out-break is to assume the virus is already in the community and therefore follow all the advice from health authorities by staying at home as much as possible and restricting any travel to essential purposes,” said Cabonne Mayor Cr Kevin Beatty.
As the crisis evolves, Cabonne residents are urged to check Council’s website and Facebook page for updates on Council’s services.