Wattle Range Council service centres getting back to business


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The latest State Government health advice has eased some of the COVID-19 restrictions on Local Government facilities and services. Over the course of this week, Wattle Range Council will be reopening a number of its buildings and services in response to this advice.

“The reopening process will be done in a measured and controlled way to enhance public safety and ensure that the underlying principles of 4 square meters per person, 1.5 metres between people, regular hand washing and cleaning regimes are maintained,” Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower explains.

“As of Monday the 11th of May, the Beachport and Penola Visitor Information Centres have reopened for Council related business. The Millicent Visitor Information Centre will remain closed for now, however all three will continue to provide tourism services online and over the phone, and information packs will be available for collection from the front doors. It is envisaged that all three centres will open for tourists when the State Government announces its next round of relaxations in early June.

“The Millicent Library will reopen to the public from Tuesday the 19th of May, however it will be limited to a maximum of ten patrons at any given time. Control measures will be put in place at the front door and we appreciate your ongoing support and adherence to these measures. Until then, our click and collect service will remain in place.

“Bookings for Council halls and other public facilities are also being accepted again via the Millicent Main Office or the Beachport and Penola VICs. Unfortunately, the latest health advice still restricts any physical activity, and food or beverages in public facilities at this point in time, and patrons will be limited to a maximum of ten people. Organisers will also be asked to provide a list of names for all patrons on their booking request form in accordance with Government guidelines. These restrictions are expected to ease further in early June depending on State Government advice at the time.

“The Supper Room in the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre will not be made available to the public at this point in time, as it will be converted to a temporary Council Chamber in anticipation of face to face Council meetings resuming in June. Meeting rooms in all three Visitor Information Centres, the Library and the Main Office will also remain closed to the general public for now.

“Council facilities will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis and in accordance with their patronage rates, and social distancing signs will be posted to remind people of minimum health and safety requirements. We sincerely appreciate the community’s ongoing support as we all navigate our way through this pandemic, and we are looking forward to resuming normal services as soon as we can.”

The Penola and Beachport Visitor Information Centres (VICs) are open for Council related business transactions only (Including library services at the Beachport VIC).

Council's Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said: “This welcomed change is part of an ongoing assessment to re-establish critical Council services across the district. Although the focus is on Council business, such as rates and permits, we will continue to provide restricted tourism information via the provision of tourist information packs, which are available from outside all of our VICs.

"We will review this approach over the next couple of weeks to determine if any changes are required, but we hope this is the start of getting back to better times. Both the Beachport and Penola VICs will be open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and although the Millicent VIC will remain closed to the public, staff are on-site taking phone calls and responding to emails”.

Ewan Grant

12 May 2020

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