Published On 14 May 2020 at 08:00 PM
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.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, welcomed the changes.
“Our open spaces, beautiful beaches, waterways and parks here in the Sutherland Shire are a huge part of what makes this such an incredible place to live and I know any further steps we can take in restoring public access to these facilities as the restrictions ease will be warmly welcomed by the community,” Cr Pesce said.
“From next Monday our Council nursery will reopen and Bushcare will recommence operation under social distancing guidelines. From Wednesday, we will also reopen the outdoor pools at Sutherland Leisure Centre, with special booking arrangements to be put in place to manage public access and ensure that social distancing restrictions are still observed.
“It is important to note that not all Council run facilities will immediately be reopened as soon as permitted by the Federal and state governments, as Council has used the lockdown period to prioritise a range of maintenance and improvement works at a number of community facilities.
“A number of these projects are still underway and we will continue to take a staged approach to reopening and look forward to welcoming our community back to our refreshed and safe spaces as soon as possible.
“I would thank all those in our community who have shown such incredible patience and diligence over the past few months in making sure they adhere to the many restrictions put in place to keep our community safe.
“It is through the efforts of local residents in observing these restrictions that we have been able to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Sutherland Shire.”
Sutherland Shire Council will continue to provide regular updates to the community on access to public spaces and facilities via its website sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Emergency-Information/PublicHealth#councilservices
Those seeking to access outdoor pools at Sutherland Leisure Centre can also visit sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Leisure-Centres/