Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates for Hawkesbury Residents

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Council recognises that there is significant concern in the community around Coronavirus. This page has been set up to provide local information to our community about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will regularly update this page with messages from NSW Health and also advise of any changes to our operations which may affect our residents.

The global management of the situation is evolving daily.

Council is following the recommendations of the Federal and State Government agencies before any changes are made to our operations.

Members of the public are encouraged to observe good hygiene practices and seek advice from their General Practitioner or local hospital if they have flu-like symptoms.

NSW Government Health Website

Further information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be obtained from the State Government health agency

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and our hospitals have well established plans for handling respiratory infections, like COVID-19 and influenza further details can be found

Council recognises that there is significant concern in the community around Coronavirus. This page has been set up to provide local information to our community about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will regularly update this page with messages from NSW Health and also advise of any changes to our operations which may affect our residents.

The global management of the situation is evolving daily.

Council is following the recommendations of the Federal and State Government agencies before any changes are made to our operations.

Members of the public are encouraged to observe good hygiene practices and seek advice from their General Practitioner or local hospital if they have flu-like symptoms.

NSW Government Health Website

Further information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be obtained from the State Government health agency

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and our hospitals have well established plans for handling respiratory infections, like COVID-19 and influenza further details can be found

  • Hawkesbury Regional Gallery – COVID-19 Operational Update – Fieldwork Exhibition

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    24 days ago

    We are excited to be reopening Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s doors on Saturday 18 July 2020, with the major exhibition Fieldwork – landscapes west of Sydney. Fieldwork is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. It will be on display until Sunday 20 September.

    The exhibition includes significant and seldom-seen paintings and works on paper from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection by prominent artists including Hilda Rix Nicholas, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, JJ Hilder, Sydney Long and Charles Meere.

    A highlight is Gruner’s painting Spring frost 1919. This iconic and much-loved painting is seldom taken off display from the Art Gallery NSW. Another highlight is Sydney Long’s painting Midday (1896), which depicts the Hawkesbury River. We are one of only three regional galleries to welcome these treasures into our communities.

    The exhibition includes other treasures from the Gallery’s collection that depict landscapes west of Sydney between the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. There is a focus on plain air painting at artist camps and on excursions organised to areas such as the Hawkesbury River, Blue Mountains and Sydney’s western suburbs. The exhibition reveals how these bucolic images fed into the development of national narratives at the turn of the century, and how this legacy both vexed and was embraced by modern landscape artists.

    Hawkesbury Regional Gallery opening hours:

    Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10am-4pm

    Saturday - Sunday 10am-3pm

    Closed Tuesdays.

    The Gallery is located at 300 George Street, Windsor, on the top level of the Deerubbin Centre.

    Entry is free.

    Don't miss this special opportunity to enjoy beautiful and important Australian artworks, within the security and serenity of your local gallery. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is implementing a range of measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of its visitors and staff and to facilitate physical distancing. The Gallery experience will be different but safety is the main priority.

    What health and safety measures will be operating at the Gallery?

    • physical distancing rules in place
    • 1.5 metre floor markings to support social distancing
    • maximum of 50 visitors
    • hand sanitiser station at entry to the Gallery
    • queue locations will be in place where necessary
    • high contact touch points cleaned throughout the day
    • signage displayed at the facility with COVID-19 messages
    • vigilance in adhering to the most up-to-date State and Federal government guidelines
    • no group bookings or public programs until further notice
    • the Gallery Shop will be open for cashless transactions only
    • no unwell visitors please
    • a record of visitor names and phone number or email address will be kept for a period of at least 28 days. All information will be kept securely and only for the purpose of COVID-19 tracing if required.

    The past two months of imposed isolation have shone a spotlight on the importance of Gallery exhibitions, activities and events for enhancing community and cultural life. The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery has also been able to keep in touch with everyone online. Staff look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy the Gallery exhibitions in a way that keeps everyone safe and strong.

    Further easing of Government restrictions will see more Gallery activities become available in future. Please subscribe to the Gallery eNewsletter The Gallery Facebook pageThis external link will open in a new window is also available for further updates.

    For further operational updates visit www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.auThis external link will open in a new window and Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hawkesburycitycouncilThis external link will open in a new window

    Connect with Hawkesbury Regional Gallery:

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hawkesburygallery/This external link will open in a new window

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hawkesburyregional_gallery/This external link will open in a new window

    Website https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/gallery

    Phone 4560 4441

    Email gallery@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

  • RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY - OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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    about 1 month ago

    From 29 June Richmond Branch Library will be open to limited hours to offer a Click & Collect service and a limited computer service. Richmond Branch Library will be open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am-2pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.

    Click and collect enables library members to borrow items from the library while complying with current health and safety directives. Click and collect service allows library members to pre-order items and collect during opening hours. Library members can reserve items online or over the phone on 4560 4460 during library opening hours. Contact the Library to arrange a suitable time to collect them.

  • Calling on Hawkesbury women to register now

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    about 2 months ago

    Hawkesbury City Council is proud to announce a new business support initiative called the Hawkesbury Women Back to Work Program which will commence on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.

    The free program aims to provide women who are looking for a job with all the necessary skills to get back into the workforce. It also hopes to help women to achieve increased financial independence through gaining and maintaining employment.

    As part of the interactive program, there will be a series of five webinars which will cover preparing a great job-ready resume that stands out, preparing for job search, interview skills and being job-ready. The program is also supported with a personalised one-on-one coaching session.

    Council is calling for female residents of the Hawkesbury to register to participate by going to https://howtojobsearch.com.au/women-back-to-work-program

    The pilot program is being delivered by the Western Sydney based employment services agency How to Job Search on behalf of Western Sydney Business Centre. Council has engaged Western Sydney Business Centre to run the program which is being funded from the Community and Economic Development Resilience fund from NSW Government.

    As mentioned above, the program commences on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. For more information, and to see FAQs, visit https://howtojobsearch.com.au/women-back-to-work-program or contact How to Job Search via email help@howtojobsearch.com.au or call 02 8006 0082.

  • New recovery grants to help small businesses reopen

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    about 2 months ago

    Thousands of small businesses reopening across NSW after the COVID-19 shutdown will have the chance to receive funding of up to $3,000 each under a new Small Business Recovery Grant scheme from the NSW Government.

    Applications will be open from Wednesday, 1 July until Sunday, 16 August to help businesses safely relaunch their operations and to assist in business recovery with funds remaining from the $750 million Small Business Support Fund.

    Small business owners can also get advice from Business Connect advisors to help them innovate, pivot or take advantage of opportunities in the market.

    The Small Business Recovery Grant can only be used for expenses from 1 July and where no other Government support is available. More information will be made available on the Service NSW website www.service.nsw.gov.au closer to the launch.

    Background

    Eligible businesses and not-for-profits must meet a range of criteria including:

     Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020 registered in NSW;

     Have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000 as at 1 March 2020;

     Have fewer than 20 Full Time Equivalent staff (including non-employing businesses) as at 1 March 2020;  Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 as at 1 March 2020;

     Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent from March to July 2020 compared to the equivalent period (of at least two weeks) in 2019;

     Are in a highly impacted industry as at 1 March 2020. These industries were impacted by the COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement Order 2020;

     Have costs from 1 July 2020 associated with safely re-opening or scaling up their business.

    Small business affected by drought or natural disaster or not in operation 12 months ago, but that commenced operations prior to 1 March have alternative time ranges for comparing the decline turnover to turnover.

    Service NSW www.service.nsw.gov.au will launch the Small Business Recovery Grant online on Wednesday, 1 July and will accept applications until Sunday, 16 August 2020.



  • Community Centres - Operational Update

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    about 2 months ago

    Our local Community Centres are now permitted to reopen with social distancing restrictions in place to ensure the safety of our community. Prior to opening to the public, each Centre will need to have their COVID-19 Safety Plan approved by Council.

    Please contact your local Community Centre to find out when they will be opening and what services they will be providing.

    ℹ️Follow this link for a list of our local Community Centres

  • Hawkesbury Regional Museum - Opening to the Public

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    2 months ago

    The Hawkesbury Regional Museum will re open to the public from 10am tomorrow, Wednesday 10 June 2020. Our staff from Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre will also be at this location until further notice.

    Some things will be different on your visit. We are implementing a range of measures to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors and staff and to facilitate social distancing. The Museum experience may be different to what you are used to, but your safety is our main priority.

    👉Opening hours will be from 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesday)
    👉Social distancing rules are in place
    👉1.5 metre floor markings to support social distancing
    👉Maximum of 40 visitors
    👉Hand sanitiser station at entry to the Museum
    👉Queuing lines will be in place
    👉High contact touch points cleaned throughout the day
    👉Signage displayed at the facility with Covid-19 safety messages
    👉Perspex sneeze guards at Museum reception
    👉Vigilance in adhering to the most up-to-date state and federal government instructions and guidelines
    👉The Museum Shop will be open, but for cashless purchases only
    👉There are no group bookings or public programs until further notice
    👉We ask please, that people not visit the Museum if they are feeling at all unwell
    👉We are required to keep a record of visitor names and phone number or email address, for a period of at least 28 days. This information will be kept securely and only for the purpose of tracing COVID-19 infections.


  • HARDSHIP, PENSIONER CONCESSION AND DEBT RECOVERY POLICY

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    2 months ago

    Hawkesbury City Council understands that from time to time members of our community may experience financial difficulties and may require assistance in making payments.

    Council is also committed to developing consistent, fair and effective policies and processes in regard to the management of debts owed to Council.

    At its meeting on 28 April 2020, Council resolved to place a Draft Hardship, Pensioner Concession and Debt Recovery Policy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days and seek submissions from interested parties.

    The policy is on public exhibition until Tuesday, 7 July 2020 and may be viewed via this link www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/hardship-policy

  • Customer Service Centre Opening to the Public

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    2 months ago

    Our Customer Service Centre will reopen to the public from Thursday, 4 June 2020 with some restrictions in place for your safety and the safety of our staff.

    👉Opening hours will be from 9am to 4pm
    👉A hand sanitiser stand is in place at the entry to reception
    👉Keep 1.5m distance from our staff and other members of the public
    👉Our counter now has protective screens in place
    👉Cashless payments are the preferred method of payment
    👉The Duty Officer will not be available at the counter but you are able to contact Council for planning advice at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/council/contact-us
    👉Please DO NOT attend this facility if you are unwell

    We continue to have online options if your preference is to do business this way.

    👉Online Report or Request it form www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/report-and-request-forms
    👉Call our Customer Service Centre on 4560 4444
    👉Email Council at council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
    👉Visit our website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

  • LIBRARY SERVICES - OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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    2 months ago

    As of Monday, 1 June the Hawkesbury Central Library will be opening to offer a Click and Collect Service to all library members with reduced operating hours, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and Sunday 2-5pm.

    The Click and collect will enable library members to borrow items from the library while complying with current health and safety directives. The Click and collect service will allow library members to pre-order items and pick them up by appointment only. Library members can reserve items online or over the phone on 4560 4460 during library opening hours. The library will contact the member to arrange a suitable time to collect.

    As Richmond Branch Library is a physically smaller Library than Hawkesbury Central Library, Council is currently ensuring controls such as physical distancing are fully in place before it is reopened. Hawkesbury Library Service will continue to operate within current COVID-19 safety guidelines for physical distancing and gatherings for the safety of staff and community members. Your cooperation in observing these guidelines is required and appreciated.

    We will continue to update our community on any operational changes to our facilities via our Facebook page and COVID-19 website page https://www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/Covid19

  • Waste Management Facility - Operational Update

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    3 months ago

    We’re pleased to announce that as of Wednesday 27 May the facility will be open 7 days a week 8am-4pm (excluding Public Holidays).

    Delays maybe experienced as we maintain social distancing so please be patient with staff. To ensure the safety of our staff and the community, these strict guidelines will apply;

    👉Social distancing, with a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others
    👉Maintain good hygiene for your own safety and the safety of others
    👉Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser before you arrive and when you leave
    👉Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others to illness
    👉You may be asked to wait so please be patient
    👉Cashless payments are the preferred method of payment at the site
    ℹ️Follow this link for further information on our Waste Management Facility https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/environment/waste-management/waste-and-recycling/waste-management-facility