Services opened up

June 8th, 2020Services opened up

HEPBURN Shire council has opened up a range of services to the community.

HEPBURN Shire council has opened up a range of services to the community.

Chief executive officer Evan King said the easing of restrictions allowed some community facilities and services to re-open, albeit with restricted numbers and social distancing requirements in place.

“Council will take a risk-based approach to re-opening services,” said Mr King.

Playgrounds, skate facilities and outdoor fitness equipment across the shire are now open. State Government regulations are that people should not gather in groups of more than 20 and stay 1.5 metres apart from others.

Council has installed signage to remind the community of appropriate social distancing measures and have scheduled regular cleaning of the playgrounds.

Mr King said council was pleased to announce a new Library Click-and-Collect service at branches. Libraries will be open from 10am to 2pm on specific days with Clunes open Thursday and Friday, Creswick on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Daylesford on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Trentham on Tuesday and Friday.

“Library Click-and-Collect is a temporary service adjustment so that we can serve the public safely until restrictions are lifted further.

“To avoid disappointment, we are asking the community to please wait for confirmation that their items are ready for pick-up. Wait times and queuing outside the library may be necessary, with information available on our website and Facebook page.”

Mr King said the libraries would increase their cleaning regime to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons.

“We’re really excited to see people in our libraries again. We know there will be a lot of grateful patrons, who have really missed the facilities available at a library.  We would like everyone to follow the restrictions and be respectful of the changes being made to the library service.

“We are also required to record the names of people who attend our facilities, but we assure library patrons that if personal information is retained, it will be stored and protected and only be made available to health authorities if contact tracing is required.”

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