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Latest Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19)

1 June 2020 - NSW Govt. restrictions ease, update on Council Services and Facilities Link toggles information below

As the NSW Government's COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease some Council services and facilities are able to gradually re-open.
 
For some of our Services, we have been busy behind the scenes undertaking maintenance and improvement works while it was necessary to be closed, and we look forward to welcoming the community back to refreshed and safe spaces as soon as possible.
 
We are closely following the directives of the NSW Government. Delivering our services in a way that ensures that we are COVIDSafe for the community and our staff remains our top priority.
 
We thank the community for their patience and consideration of others at this time. Continue to look out for one another, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.

Find out which Council Facilities and Services have reopened

 

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Locals to Enjoy Greater Access to Community Facilities Across Sutherland Shire as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

Sutherland Shire residents are set to enjoy an even greater array of ways to enjoy parks, playgrounds and other public facilities, with Sutherland Shire Council preparing to relax restrictions on public gatherings in line with updated advice from the Federal and state governments.
 
Among the changes to be implemented from tomorrow, local residents will now be able to access Council managed playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor gyms, BBQs, outdoor furniture in local parks and plazas. Local ocean rock pools will also re-open with attendance limited to strictly ten people at a time.
 
Read the full Press Release

Full list of Council Facilities and Services


The Prime Minister’s announcement on Friday 8 May directed State Governments to determine how restrictions may be eased for certain businesses and services. The NSW Premier has announced some restrictions will begin to ease across the State from Friday 15 May. This will mean some Council services and facilities are able to gradually re-open, including playgrounds and outdoor pools.
 
For some of our Services, we have been busy behind the scenes undertaking maintenance and improvement works while it was necessary to be closed, and we look forward to welcoming the community back to refreshed and safe spaces as soon as possible.
 
We are closely following the directives of the NSW Government, and will consider the full details on the requirements for easing restrictions as they become available. Delivering our services in a way that ensures the safety of the community and our staff remains our top priority.
 
Update on Council's Services and Facilities

Sutherland Shire Residents and Businesses Supported Through Initial COVID-19 Relief Package

Sutherland Shire councillors have unanimously endorsed an initial COVID-19 Relief Package to support residents and businesses as NSW continues to grapple with the unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said a Phase 1 COVID-19 Relief Package will see measures to support both residents and business, with Council also committing to a relief package for its impacted small and medium commercial and retail tenants.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the entire Sutherland Shire community, so our Phase 1 Relief Package, valued at over $900,000, gives consideration to all Council ratepayers, both residential and business,” he said.

“Business will have fees waived for outdoor dining, health inspections, business related compliance and A-frames, with the waivers backdated to cover the period from 23 March, 2020 through to 30 June, 2021.

“From 1 April, 2020 to 30 June, 2020 there will also be 0.00% Interest charged on overdue business and residential rates and charges, and a moratorium will be placed on all debt recovery legal action until 31 December, 2020.

"By not applying interest to overdue rates and charges, combined with the implementation of Council’s Debt Recovery and Hardship Policy, we'll be supporting businesses and residents who are having difficulties meeting their obligations to enter into payment arrangements without accruing any interest.

“This has been an extremely challenging time for everyone and I want to thank the committee of councillors who have worked extensively since our March Council meeting on developing this package to support our community."

Council also formally adopted the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct - Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Commercial Leasing Principles, which set out Commercial Leasing Principles for SME during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

“In addition to our Phase 1 COVID-19 Relief Package and in conjunction with Council’s Debt Recovery and Hardship Policy, the Code creates a consistent national response for Councils to commercial lease issues during the crisis and aims to ensure all small and medium enterprises have the best possible chance to restart their business activities post the pandemic,” Mayor Pesce added.

“The Mandatory Code applies to all commercial landlords and tenants and provides an open and transparent approach to assisting businesses that find themselves suffering financial distress and hardship as a result of COVID-19.”

Mayor Pesce also took the opportunity to thank the entire community for their support and commended them on their resilience during this challenging time.

“I want to thank our community for adhering to and supporting the directives of health authorities, ultimately helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area and keep everyone safe,” he continued.

“I also want to thank, on behalf of our whole community, the frontline medical and emergency services staff who are supporting us all through this pandemic and acknowledge the support that has been provided to Council from the NSW Government.”

Further relief measures will also be considered as part of the Draft 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget to be presented to Council in April, including extension of Phase 1 measures for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Council Tenants - Application for Rent Relief

Bate Bay beaches and pedestrian pathways have reopened on Tuesday 14 April 2020. 

Council thanks our community for their cooperation and respect of the precautionary closures that were put in place over the Easter long weekend.

We understand our beaches are important places for people to stay active at his time, and ask everyone to continue to adhere to the social distancing requirements and use the beaches and coastal areas  in a responsible way.

In consultation with NSW Police the car parks at Wanda Beach and Don Lucas Reserve will remain temporarily closed until further notice, to assist in ensuring social distancing requirements can be met in these high traffic areas. Car parking closures do not apply to on-street parking.

We will continue to work with NSW Police in monitoring usage on our beaches and surrounding areas and will implement further closures if required for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Other open space areas including parks, reserves and other off-leash dog areas remain open across our suburbs.  

For information on access to National Parks, please visit; NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce has today confirmed Council will abide by the recommendations from NSW Police, NSW Health, NSW Fire & Rescue to close the Bate Bay beaches and car parks this Easter long weekend.

Council has made this decision for the safety of the local community and to ensure the mass gathering and social distancing laws are complied with over the four day holiday period.

From midnight Thursday, 9 April to midnight Monday 13 April, Greenhills Beach, Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, North Cronulla Beach, Cronulla Beach, Shelley Park Beach and Oak Park Beach will all be closed, as per map below:

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Council will also begin to barricade the following car parks from 7am on Thursday, allowing adequate time for clearance of the cars parked prior to the midnight closure:

  • Don Lucas Reserve Carpark
  • Mitchell Rd/Murdoch St, Wanda Carpark
  • Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club Carpark.
  • Prince Street and North Cronulla SLSC Carparks
  • Gerrale Street, Cronulla carpark
  • Hungry Point Carpark

Roadside signage has also been rolled out across various suburbs to inform of the beach and carpark closures over Easter and fencing will be installed to restrict pedestrian access to the Esplanade between Cronulla Beach and North Cronulla Beach.

We understand how much beaches mean to our residents and we want to once again thank our community for their continued cooperation as we implement these measures to ensure the safety of our whole community.

Car parking closures do not apply to on-street parking. Other open space areas including parks, reserves and other off-leash dog areas outside of Bate Bay will remain open across our suburbs.  

For information on access to National Parks, please visit; NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

 

As we all do our bit to help keep our community safe through social distancing, our more than 150 playspaces, 6 skateparks and our 6 outdoor gyms are now closed to public use. 

Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison also announced late yesterday that gatherings of more than 2 people are also no longer encouraged outdoors. 

We ask everyone to please follow the updated Government restrictions and NSW Health’s advice to help keep all in our community safe and well.

As the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic escalates, Sutherland Shire Council will implement temporary closures from 11:29pm Wednesday, 25 March, for a number of our services and facilities in-line with the Australian Government directives announced last night.

Whilst critical that Council implement all necessary actions to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in our community, it is a difficult decision that impacts our staff and our community.

The full list of facilities affected by this new directive to date are:

  • Sutherland Leisure Centre
  • Engadine Leisure Centre
  • Caringbah Leisure Centre
  • Como Pool
  • Menai Indoor Sports Centre
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre
  • Sutherland Memorial School of Arts
  • Engadine Community Centre
  • Sutherland Shire Libraries
  • Council community halls
  • Hazelhurst Art Gallery
  • Ocean pools
  • Council owned and operated tennis courts
  • Sutherland Shire Community Nursery (native plant nursery) will not be open to the public
  • Social/group sporting activities at sporting fields will be prohibited until further notice, and
  • Bushcare groups will be temporarily suspended.

Parks and playgrounds will remain open however, outdoor BBQs will be switched off, and Council will be accepting outdoor personal training permits up to a maximum of 10 people until such time further directives are provided.

Sutherland Shire Beaches will also remain open with Council enforcing the 4m2 per person rule, in line with the NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020, with no more than 500 persons on any one beach.

These decisions have been made as part of Council’s commitment to prioritising the health and safety of both staff and the community and while we understand the impacts will be felt by many, these decisions are in line with the advice and directives provided by the lead public health agencies.

We will continue to work closely with staff and members of the services listed to work through the impacts of these temporary closures.

We strongly encourage every resident to play their part in reducing the spread of this virus by staying up to date with the latest advice from the lead public health agencies and following the advice on necessary and mandatory precautionary measures.

We thank residents and ratepayers for their patience as we adjust to these changes and continue to work through uncertain times to deliver key services.

For more information on COVID-19 and the latest updates from the lead public health agencies, visit australia.gov.au/

Following the announcement this evening by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Council will work to understand the impacts to Council, our community and our staff, and ensure we are fully complying with the new restrictions.

We will provide further information about impacts to Council services once further details are available.

Following last night's announcement by the Federal Government, a number of Council Services will be temporarily closed from 12 noon today until further notice is provided from lead public health agencies. The services affected by this directive are:

  • Como Pool
  • Engadine Gym
  • Hazelhurst Theatrette 
  • Menai Indoor Sports
  • Sutherland Gym and Sutherland Learn To Swim classes
  • Sutherland Indoor Pool
  • Sutherland Water Play Park

Please note that the following services, collocated at some of the above listed locations will remain open:

  • Caringbah outdoor pools
  • Engadine outdoor pools
  • Sutherland outdoor pools

The following venues will be closed only as entertainment spaces. They can still be used for other community purposes, subject to space restrictions, as directed by the lead public health agencies:

  • Engadine Community Centre
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre
  • Sutherland Memorial School of Arts.

Council is working closely with staff and members of the services listed to work through the impacts of these temporary closures, in-line with Federal Government requirements. We encourage everyone in the community to stay up to date with the latest advice from the lead public health agencies and follow the advice on necessary precautionary measures.

Council is aware of the latest statement this afternoon by the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian. We will provide further information to our community about any impacts to Council services once further details are available, following the National Cabinet meeting tonight.

We once again thank our community for their ongoing patience and cooperation during this time.

The safety of our community is of utmost importance and while Sutherland Shire beaches remain open, Council is enforcing the NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020.

Council Lifeguards will continue with announcements at all patrolled beaches to advise patrons that social distancing must be practiced and will ask the public to vacate beaches if the number of patrons at any given location exceeds 500.

We will offer our support to NSW Police Force in conducting patrols if required and if the community is not abiding by the NSW and Australian Government's advice in regards to social distancing, we will be forced to close our beautiful beaches in order to keep the community safe in these challenging and uncertain times.

As always, we thank our community for their cooperation and support of each other at this time.

On Friday 20 March 2020 The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Chief Health Officer updating us on further directives in regards to COVID-19.

These restrictions call on us to play our part as individuals and as a community.

Be assured Council is working through the information that has just been released and will provide further updates to the community, after carefully considering the latest directives from the Federal Government and NSW Health.

This is a rapidly evolving situation for all of us.

Remember: The Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health, remain the best sources of current, official information and advice on COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of our community is of utmost importance and Council is closely monitoring the advice and adhering to the directives of public health agencies on Coronavirus (COVID 19).

In responding to the evolving situation, Council’s focus has been two fold – providing accurate information to the community and points of contact for enquiries and assistance, and also reviewing business continuity plans to ensure essential and other services can continue to be delivered. At this stage Council is continuing to operate services across all sectors with libraries, leisure centres, gyms and early education centres operational, and all adhering to government directives.

Key Points:

  • Non-essential, mass gatherings of 500 or more people outdoors are banned
  • All non-essential, indoor public gatherings for 100 people or more are banned
  • The community is advised to practice social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Council and its partnering event organisers will comply with the law, with community safety front of mind.
  • In addition, select smaller events, with a high proportion of those deemed vulnerable, have also been deferred.
  • In accordance with the Public Health Order 2020 that prohibits mass gatherings of 100 people or more in indoor spaces, performances scheduled to take place between 17 March and 16 June 2020 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre will be either postponed or cancelled.

Council will provide on-going updates via our website on any impacts to our services or calendar of events, assessing the situation as further advice from lead public health agencies becomes available.

We encourage everyone in the community to stay up to date with the latest advice from government public health agencies and follow their advice on necessary precautionary measures.

We take the health and wellbeing of our community very seriously and are continuing to work closely with public health authorities to take necessary precautions as required.  We appreciate the community’s patience and support of each other as we work through these unprecedented circumstances.

Key Contacts and Information

Emergencies 000

National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

Health Direct 1800 022 222

Your General Practitioner (GP)

Health authorities are advising to call your GP, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for further advice should you develop any symptoms of Coronavirus as noted on NSW Health website. If you are seriously unwell and it is an emergency, call 000 immediately.

 

Keep up-to-date with all the key information, as it is made available via:  


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Council Services and Facilities Update

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease some Council services and facilities are able to gradually re-open.
 
For some of our Services, we have been busy behind the scenes undertaking maintenance and improvement works while it was necessary to be closed, and we look forward to welcoming the community back to refreshed and safe spaces as soon as possible.
 
We are closely following the directives of the NSW Government. Delivering our services in a way that ensures that we are COVIDSafe for the community and our staff remains our top priority.
 
We thank the community for their patience and consideration of others at this time. Continue to look out for one another, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.

Below is a full list of services and facilities affected by the current restrictions.

Service Current Status Further Information
Playgrounds
Green OPEN from 15 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Skate Parks
Green OPEN from 15 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Ocean Pools Green OPEN from 15 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2.
BBQs
Green OPEN from 15 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Shelter sheds, Picnic Tables, outdoor seating
Green OPEN from 15 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Sutherland Shire Community Nursery Green OPEN from 18 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Bushcare Groups Green OPEN from 18 May - Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2, with a maximum of 10 people.
Council Owned and Operated Tennis Courts Green OPEN progressively from 25 May, beginning with coaching courts and bookings open to public from 1 June. Call 02 9710 0333 to book a court. Full list of courts for hire.
Hazelhurst Art Gallery Green OPEN from 22 June. Keep up to date with changes and social distancing requirements at hazelhurst.com.au
Sutherland Leisure Centre Yellow

OPEN 6am to 2pm from 15 June  for pre-booked gym sessions (cardio and weights rooms only). Limits apply.

OPEN 6am to 2pm outdoor pools only, with a maximum of two swimmers per lane. Bookings essential. Maximum of 20 people permitted at the pool at any time.Outdoor change room and shower facilities are available.

OPEN 6am to 2pm from 1 July group Fitness Classes recommence under an interium pre-booked timetable

Bookings and details available on the Leisure Centres website.

Indoor pools remain CLOSED.

Engadine Leisure Centre Yellow
OPEN 6am to 2pm from 1 July outdoor 50m pool for pre-boked public lap swiming and pre-booked gym sessions (cardio and weights). Group fitness classes recommence under an interium pre-booked timetable.

Bookings and details available on the Leisure Centres website. 

Caringbah Leisure Centre Yellow
OPEN 6am to 2pn from 1 July outdoor 50m pool for pre-boked public lap swiming.
 
Bookings and details available on the Leisure Centres website. 

Animal Shelter
Yellow OPEN by appointment only. Appointments can be arranged for: release of impounded animals, serious potential adption of animals, dropping off found stray animals. For appointment details, phone (02) 9710 0401 (Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm).
Sporting Fields Yellow OPEN  Social distancing in place - keep 1.5m apart, 4m2.

Council is processing Return to Training applications received from local clubs to ensure training activities comply with the Order, State Sport Organisation guidelines and directives, and any further legislation and directives of the NSW Government in relation to community sport. It is the responsibility of the club and association to ensure the protocols outlined in the Return to Training application are adhered to and players comply with current Public Health Orders.

Restrictions still apply to Council’s amenities buildings and this means access is only for the purpose of removing or replacing equipment, setting or disarming the alarm, and using toilets, and only 1 person per 4m2 is permissible. 

If you would like to enquire about a specific Return to Training application, please contact your sports team or association, and they'll be able to contact Council.

Sutherland Shire Libraries Yellow

RESTRICTED SERVICES  A Click Call & Collect service is available for you to read, watch and listen to new material. Request items online or by telephone and items can be collected from Engadine, Menai and Cronulla Libraries Monday to Friday.

Cronulla, Engadine and Menai Libraries reopen for loans and returns, self-service computer use and photocopying services from Monday 22 June 2020 during reduced hours.

Due to ongoing building works underway at Sutherland Shire Libraries branches, all libraries will remain temporarily closed until further notice.Visit the Library Website for full details.

Council Community Halls Yellow OPEN for hire from 1 July 2020. For details, visit our Community Halls webpage.
Como Pool Red CLOSED for season. Open during summer periods only.
Menai Indoor Sports Centre Red CLOSED

Sutherland Entertainment Centre Red CLOSED

Sutherland Memorial School of Arts Red CLOSED

Council Rates - Financial Hardship

We understand that more than ever, some of our ratepayers may be facing financial hardship. As part of it's Phase 1 Relief Package, Council will not be charging interest on any overdue rates and charges for the remainder of the 2019/20 financial year. There will also be a moratorium on any legal action taken for debt recovery purposes until 31 December 2020. 

It is recommended that if you cannot make full payment by the due date that you schedule ongoing part-payments to suitably manage your outstanding balance.

If you are experiencing financial hardship at this time, we ask that you contact Council on (02) 9710 0333 to explore other measures available to you under Council’s Debt Recovery and Hardship Policy. Alternatively, email us on ratesonline@ssc.nsw.gov.au with your name and contact details and one of Council's officers will contact you.

The Commonwealth and NSW Government are providing financial assistance to individuals and small businesses. We would encourage those who are affected in this way to investigate these support options by reading the information available on the relevant websites: treasury.gov.au and nsw.gov.au.

More Information on Council Rates

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Events Information

The health and safety of our community and staff is our number one priority. We regret that a number of upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed as a precautionary measure, in response to COVID-19 concerns and advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health.

If you have any concerns about attending an event please refer to NSW Health and the Australian Government Department of Health for up-to-date information.

Community Events 

For community events not run by Council, we recommend you contact the event organisers for updates.

Council Events 

During this unprecedented time, the status of events will be updated as information is received. As the situation is constantly evolving, if you cannot find your event listed via the link below or you’re not sure if your event will proceed, please contact the event organiser for further information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Council Events

Community Support Services

Local community organisations are offering support to our community during this time. Below is a list of services available, if you or someone you know is after assistance. If you are unable to find the support or service you are after, please call 9710 0333 and our team will do their best to assist with your enquiry.

Health Services Information on COVID-19 (includes translated and easy read resources)

Employment Services

Emergency Relief Support

Food Support

Community Centres

Seniors Support

Support for people with Disability

Mental Health Services

Youth Support

Child and Family Support

Multicultural Support

Aboriginal Support

Domestic Violence

Carers Support Service

Homelessness Support Services

Transport, Accessibilty, Mobility

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Support Links for Local Business

Sutherland Shire Council is committed to ensuring that we provide the most relevant information, as provided by the lead public health agencies about Coronavirus (COVID-19) for our local businesses. Click on the link below for a list of the most relevant government websites providing information to businesses during this time.

Information for Local Business

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  • Storm
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  • Emergency Contacts
  • Council's Role
  • Recovery

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