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Council plans to reopen community facilities

Taradale Hall

Friday 12 June 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is planning to reopen the doors to community and sports facilities from Monday 22 June, as COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease across Victoria.

In the meantime, local sports teams and recreation groups can use reserves for outdoor club-based activities once they receive a tick of approval from Council. Clubs need to show they can meet the current restrictions and return to play rules.

“We understand the community is eager to see the doors open to our community facilities and we are working on a plan to safely reopen them in a staged and considered approach in accordance with the directions set out by the Chief Health Officer,” said Cr Christine Henderson, Mayor, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Our community halls and sports facilities provide important places for our community to meet and stay active, and many sports clubs are also keen to get back on the field or court.”

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have the right procedures in place to safely reopen our facilities to user groups, staff, volunteers and the community.”

“These measures include undertaking a risk assessment, safety inspections and an initial deep clean of buildings.”

“We’re working with our Committees of Management and local sports clubs to ensure COVIDSafe systems are in place to clean equipment and high touch surfaces, and meet the social distancing, density and hygiene requirements,” said Mayor Henderson.

“We need to be confident the right checks and balances are in place before we can permit use,” she said.

Sports and recreation clubs need to be prepared and able to demonstrate they can meet the current restrictions and COVIDSafe health and hygiene requirements, as set out by the relevant state sporting association and the Victorian Government to ensure the safety of all.

Council is aiming to have most facilities ready to open on Monday 22 June, when the next round of restrictions ease.

“We are prioritising key community facilities in each town across the shire so each community has a central place to gather and connect within the limits of public gathering rules,” said Mayor Henderson.

“We’re also working to reinstate face-to-face customer services at the Civic Centre. In the meantime, residents can still reach us by phone, email or make an online service request as usual,” she said.

To stay up-to-date with COVID-19 news and service updates from Council visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

For information about COVID-19 and the stay safe directions visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Image: One of our community centres, Taradale Hall.

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