CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

UPDATED 02/04/20 at 4:51pm

 

KEY INFORMATION

We urge you to get all the latest facts from the Tasmanian Government website; including information on what support packages are available for families and businesses: -   www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS IN TASMANIA

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Council is continuing to monitor the changing situation with COVID-19.  We will continue to operate essential services as long as circumstances permit, however, arrangements may change very quickly in line with government and health expert directives.

We understand that the pandemic is having an impact on our local community and businesses and that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty about what lays ahead. We urge everyone to stay calm and support each other as we work through these challenging times together.

 

COUNCIL MEASURES

Waratah-Wynyard Council takes part in regular state-wide meetings of all Tasmanian Councils and the Local Government Associate of Tasmania (LGAT).

Council’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) has been enacted and Council’s leadership team are meeting regularly.

The following facilities are currently closed:

  • Artscape (the Saunders Street Clinic has the option to convert it into a respiratory centre if required)
  • The Wonders of Wynyard volunteers have been asked to take a break from the centre and not attend to minimise risk for those in high risk categories. Staff are still working, but it is no open to the public.
  • All indoor sporting venues and public halls.
  • the Wynyard Foreshore Market has been suspended until further notice
  • The Waratah Caravan Park
  • Public Playgrounds and skate parks

Users are reminded that it is a legal requirement to comply with this Government directive – no access to facilities will be exempt and penalties will apply for non-compliance.

We understand these and other measures our communities are facing do cause inconvenience and anxiety – however in the interest of public safety – we ask that everyone takes the advice and direction given by the Government seriously.

 

TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

There is now is a new Tasmanian Government website for all State Government information on Coronavirus -  www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au.    The Tasmanian Government is circulating daily updates and face sheets.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The Australian Government is addressing the potentially significant economic consequences of the virus, without a permanent or structural impact on the budget balance.

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

  

HELPFUL LINKS and PHONE NUMBERS

Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Suicide and crisis support 1300 659 467

Business Tasmania Hotline 1800 440 026

Events Hotline 1300 880 634

For general information about coronavirus, call the national 24-hour coronavirus information line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website at

smartraveller.gov.au – travel information for Australian citizens

www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov .

World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION UPDATE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

Thursday, April 2, 3pm

  • The Australian Government has announced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package that gives families fee relief while supporting child care services to keep their doors open and employees in their jobs. Read more.
  • Registrations are open for small businesses, and other eligible employers, to apply for a 50 per cent wage subsidy of their apprentices’ or trainees’ wage from January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Read more.
  • Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. Check State and Territory websites for further enforcement information.
  • Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education. Read more.
  • People aged over 70, aged over 65 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 with pre-existing conditions should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.
  • The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper Payment to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the Coronavirus. Read more.
  • Evictions will be put on hold for 6 months by the states and territories. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. More information to come this week.
  • If you are in self-isolation because you are confirmed or suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, use this form to help us track the spread of the virus. Read more.
  • A safety net package of $1.1 billion has been announced by the Prime Minister to expand mental health and telehealth services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief. Read more.

 

 

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email: council@warwyn.tas.gov.au
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