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- Buy Local and Support Local Businesses
- What is Council doing to prepare for COVID-19?
- What about Rate payments?
- Does BODC have any input in ensuring adequate Health Services are provided to the community in light of COVID-19?
- What Council and Government facilities are now closed?
- Should I cancel my event?
- Should I close my business?
- What about campsites and caravan parks, are they open?
- Emergency Accommodation and Guidelines for travellers
- What do I do if I have been told to Self-Isolate?
- How do I report someone for not Self Isolating or not adhering to Government Guidelines?
The following are the best sites / contact points for up to date information on Covid-19
Tasmanian Public Health Hotline: 1800 671 738
Prime Minister of Australia Official Announcements: www.pm.gov.au/media
The Australian Government has also developed a Coronavirus App which can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google Play as well as a WhatsApp feature – more information here, https://www.whatsapp.com/coronavirus/
Please adhere to Australian Government’s Social Distancing and Public Gatherings Guidelines at all times.
Many of our businesses have been hit hard by the Coronavirus so it is important that we support them as much as possible. Many Have adapted their services and hours so they can still operate.
Below you will find lists of local businesses, their services and hours of operation.
UPDATED 10:50am 9.04.2020
We have now implemented procedures to allow staff to work from home and have broken the BODC office staff into two teams. This will mean that approximately half the team will be in the office on any given day and the other half will work from home. The Works crews have also been split into two teams with staggered start and finish times. This means we can adhere to social distancing guidelines, limit contact amongst staff and the community, while still providing essential BODC services. We have also increased our hygiene practices including regular sterilisation of surfaces and shared spaces including vehicles.
We have also installed soap dispensers in as many of our public toilets as possible, focussing on those that are high use. Unfortunately we were not able to complete all due to a global shortage on soap dispensers and soap-refills. This means that while we will endeavour to do all we can to keep toilets equipped with soap, we cannot make this guarantee.
What are BODC essential services?
Essential services include but are not limited to;
- Emergency services
- Cleaning of public facilities
- Community support
- Waste and Recycling collections both kerbside and around townships
- Normal customer service operations
- Processing Development Applications for Building and Planning Services
- Providing communication updates to the community on COVID-19 via our channels including the website and Facebook.
- Essential Maintenance
Please be assured that we will continue to serve our community as much as possible within Government parameters.
We understand that there are people out there in our community who are very worried about their financial situation and will now be struggling with rate payments as a result of COVID-19. We are currently reviewing our options in this space. In the meantime, if you are worried, please give us a call to discuss.
No. This is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government. What we can do is pass on concerns raised by our community to The Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Due to announcements made by the Federal and State Governments we have been forced to close all community facilities managed by ourselves including buildings, recreation grounds, playgrounds, camp areas etc including;
- Bendigo Community Stadium, St Helens, which includes the outdoor spaces associated with the Stadium (Netball Courts).
- The Fingal Recreation Ground
- The St Helens Football Ground and Change rooms
- St Marys Football Clubroom and Grounds
- The Portland Hall
- St Marys Community Hall
- Pyengana Recreation Ground and building (toilets and shower facilities closed as well)
- St Helens camp site located at Tully Street, St Helens
- The St Helens MTB trails both the Flagstaff stacked loops and the Bay of Fires trail.
- St Helens History Room and the Visitor Information Centre.
- St Helens Aerodrome to everything but emergency services
- All Playgrounds
- All BBQ facilities
- All Skate Parks
- St Helens Library- Public Toilets
Jetties remain open but please adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines.
The Premier of Tasmania, Peter Gutwein, announced on 25 March that State Government facilities will also be forced to close. This includes:
- St Helens Library
- St Helens online access centre
- St Marys Library
- Fingal Online Access Centre
- ALL PARKS AND WILDLIFE MANAGED CAMP SITES, PARKS AND RESERVES. (More information here https://parks.tas.gov.au/)
You can view a full list of Tasmanian Government facility closures here: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/government-service-closures
Guidelines around events have been determined by the State and Federal Government. As a result we have had to cancel all events held in/on Council facilities. Check here for up to date guidelines: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/
We also recommend that you check these guidelines and recommendations daily as things are rapidly changing.
We cannot direct you to close your business however the Federal Government has released some strict guidelines around what is essential and non-essential businesses and have provided direction on what and how businesses can operate. This is changing daily so we recommend that you keep up to date by checking the information here.
All Council operated camp and recreation grounds are closed including:
- Tully Street Free camping area
- St Marys Recreation Ground
- Mathinna Recreation Ground
- Pyengana Recreation Ground
- Fingal Recreation Grounds.
Black water dumps remain open.
The following Parks and Wildlife facilities are CLOSED:
- Walking tracks
- camp grounds
- day use areas
- Public shelters etc.
More information can be found here, https://parks.tas.gov.au/
The State Government has now implemented strong guidelines for travellers including a list of Emergency Accommodation providers.
You can find more information by clicking here.
You MUST self-isolate, do not put the rest of the community at risk. This means heading straight to a place you will be Self Isolating in, DO NOT stop at the shop or the Chemist, there are services in place to ensure you have all you need once you are in isolation. The State and Federal Governments are now ready to enforce Self Isolation which includes large fines and even jail time. You can find more information here.
In an effort to crack down on people who are not adhering to Self-isolation guidelines, the Federal and State Governments are encouraging people to report anyone doing the wrong thing via the hotline 1800 671 738. This includes someone who has returned from overseas or interstate that has not Self Isolated for 14 days or businesses that are not adhering to current Government guidelines.