Working together as a community

Published on 26 March 2020

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It’s been a real tough couple of weeks as we’ve responded as a community to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has created a lot of uncertainty across our community, but now is the time to come together and work as a community to see us through this pandemic.

We’ve seen some panic buying across our region and no doubt it has created some anxiety throughout our community. We have worked with our local supermarket operators to remove delivery curfews on supermarket loading bays to help them restock their shelves.

I encourage everyone to stay calm, not panic and follow the advice from relevant authorities, such as NSW Health.

Council is taking a proactive approach to keeping the Lake Macquarie community updated as the current situation progresses. The health and safety of our residents, customers and employees is our top priority and we are continuing to monitor daily developments.

Council’s dedicated web page has more information about how we’re responding, as well as helpful links to NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health.

We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions, including washing your hands regularly with soap and water, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home if you are sick.

I also have been corresponding with the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Local Emergency Management Committee, which is encouraging the community to practice social distancing by avoiding crowds. This is a very important measure that will ultimately help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This has of course, impacted our community events and activities and as a result we have cancelled and/or postponed a range of activities, including Learn-to-swim classes, Belmont Beer, BBQ and Beats, all the Over 55s events and activities, all Me2 Program activities, as well as ANZAC Day services and NAIDOC Week celebrations.

I want to reassure everyone, that Council is planning and taking measures to keep our essential services operating. At this stage, there is no disruption to core Council services to the community, so services such as waste and recycling collections will continue as normal.

We can all take simple steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please look after one another and keep an eye on your family, friends and neighbours. Remember, the situation may evolve so to stay up to date refer to the advice from NSW Health

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser