Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Update

Published on 17 March 2020

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As the health situation continues in respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke has noted that the main priority for Council during this time is the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff and Councillors, volunteers, contractors, along with their families, as well as our customers and communities.  Equally critical is to ensure we can continue to strive to deliver critical services.

"We are constantly monitoring the latest advice from NSW Health, the Federal Government and the World Health Organisation, regarding Coronavirus," he said.  "Council has a Business Continuity Framework that we rely on in circumstances where threats become real against our service delivery.  In light of this latest threat, our plans are being constantly reviewed and updated, as the situation is changing quickly.  Council's rely on advice and orders in some situations, from NSW Health, the Federal Government and the World Health Organisation. Council’s Business Continuity Plan focusses on our priorities to best manage the safety of our people and the delivery of our most critical services."

Mayor Bourke said Council also continues to heed advice from the authorities in regard to upcoming Council events.   “Everyone reacts differently to information about Coronavirus and it can be a stressful and  emotive issue,” he said. 

“We ask our community to be considerate and respectful of others feelings and circumstances, and first and foremost to look after yourselves, and to stay informed by regularly visiting NSW Health’s website for the latest updates.   I want to reassure the community that Federation Council has plans in place to respond to the threat of Coronavirus, and to continue to ensure continuity of essential services for the people of our Council area.   The Executive team are continually reviewing our responses to the situation, and will be briefing Council at regular intervals, and in light of directions and any changes from the relevant State and Commonwealth Government agencies.  Like all service providers, we know there are challenges ahead and the community can be rest assured that we will be doing all we can, like all other levels of Government to work through this ongoing issue.”

Further information on what Council is doing in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.



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