General Community Updates

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From 11 October 2021, the Gilgandra Visitor Information Centre, the Gilgandra Shire Library, Coo-ee Lodge and Jack Towney Hostels, Gilgandra Fitness Centre and the Pool will require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all those on the premises aged 16 years and above, as per the current Public Health Order.

Evidence you can use:
> Your COVID-19 digital certificate which shows proof of only your COVID-19 vaccinations that you can add to a digital wallet.
>Your immunisation history statement which lists your COVID-19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations.

There may be medical exemptions to this, which also requires evidence. This must be in the form of a medical certificate, or other written evidence signed by a registered health practitioner or NDIS provider.

With the Stay at Home order lifted for Gilgandra Shire, the following is in place for Council services and facilities.

Updated: 11 May 2022 2.00pm

Administration Building, Warren Road

The building is open to the public. Customer requests can also be received by phone 6817 8800 or online www.gilgandra.nsw.gov.au. DA and CC lodgement is as per normal by the e-planning portal https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/onlineDA

Ranger Services

Ranger Services will continue as normal.

Service NSW, Miller Street

Is open, 8.30am to 4.00pm . The number of customers in the service area will be limited to two, in line with COVID Safe guidelines. We encourage customers to use online or phone transactions where possible.

Cooee Lodge and Jack Towney Hostels

As COVID-19 continues to be active in our community, we would like to assure you that we will continue to put in place practice measures to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19 in line with NSW Health guidelines and the current Public Health Order.

Please read and be aware of the following changes:

Visits and Outings
Residents are permitted to have two fully COVID vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged 12 years and under, per day.
Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit.
All visitors are strongly encouraged to get a booster vaccine if they are eligible for one.
Up to 2 children under 12 years are permitted to visit the facility, provided they are accompanied by a person fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We continue to recommend that visits with residents occur in an outdoor setting, where possible.

Visiting a Resident - Outdoors
Current procedures are:
• Fully vaccinated visitors who meet with a resident outside do not require a RAT or a mask, unless they are unable to socially distance.
• Non-vaccinated visitors can visit in an outdoor setting, however, are required to undertake a RAT (following the same procedure that indoor visitors must undertake), maintain a strict 1.5m social distance and wear a mask.
• There are no time limits or set visiting hours for outdoor visits.

Visiting a Resident - Indoors
Cooee Lodge will no longer be supplying Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) to visitors entering Cooee Lodge Hostel from Monday, 16 May 2022.
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits are now widely available in shops and pharmacies. We kindly request that all visitors conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to arrival. If you have any difficulty in obtaining a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) locally, please feel free to contact us and we can ensure one is made available to you.

Current procedures are:
• Visiting hours are between 10.30am and 2.30pm daily.
• All visitors entering the facility must show physical evidence of a negative RAT result taken within 24 hours before entry will be permitted.
• Visitors must wear a surgical mask over their mouth and nose for the entire visit. Surgical masks will be supplied upon entry to the facility.
• Visitors should enter via the Administration Office (off Cooee Drive) between Monday to Friday and via the Hostel Main Door on weekends and Public Holidays.
• Evidence of double COVID-19 vaccination and current influenza vaccination (by digital certificate or immunisation history statement) is to be provided to staff, if not already provided.
• Visits are to be in the residents’ room and not in any communal areas inside.
• To arrange an indoors visit outside of the current visiting hours or to visit someone who is unwell, please contact us directly and speak with clinical staff.
• Fully vaccinated visitors will be permitted to stay for a period of one hour per visit. Visiting hours are limited to a maximum of two hours per day.
• Non-vaccinated visitors will only be permitted in the facility when a loved one is at the end of life – this is in line with the Public Health Order.

Visitors must not enter the facility if they:
• Have COVID-19 symptoms.
• Have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements. People who have had high risk exposures should not enter high risk settings for at least 14 days since their exposure to a COVID positive person.
• Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
• Have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; it has been at least 7 days after arrival and they have received a negative rapid antigen test 6 days or later after arriving in NSW.

Please note:
• The recent relaxation of rules for self-isolation advice for household and close contacts does not apply to people visiting or working in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
• All staff at Cooee Lodge are required to receive the influenza vaccination as part of working in Residential Aged Care Facility.

Resident Outings
We will continue to liaise with residents, family, and visitors to have risk management strategies in place for outings. As each outing will be different, each request will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteers
Volunteers are encouraged to return to Cooee Lodge Hostel. The same conditions of entry apply as outlined above for indoor visitors; however, the hours of visiting can be negotiated outside of standard visiting hours after consultation with our clinical staff.

Volunteers can contact us to arrange to collect a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) ahead of any volunteer work scheduled at Cooee Lodge Hostel.

Please call Cooee Lodge on 6817 8744 or Jack Towney Hostel on 6817 8777 with any enquiries.

Gilgandra Visitors Information Centre

The Gilgandra Visitor Information Centre is open at its temporary location at 22 Miller Street, Gilgandra.

As a condition of entry evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all those on the premises aged 16 years and above must be sighted, as per the Public Health Order. There may be medical exemptions to this, which also requires evidence. This must be in the form of a medical certificate, or other written evidence signed by a registered health practitioner or NDIS provider. 

Information can also be found @ www.gilgandraregion.com.au or by phone 02 6817 8800.

Gilgandra Fitness Centre

The Gilgandra Fitness Centre is open.

As a condition of entry evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all those on the premises aged 16 years and above must be sighted, as per the Public Health Order. There may be medical exemptions to this, which also requires evidence. This must be in the form of a medical certificate, or other written evidence signed by a registered health practitioner or NDIS provider.  

Classes of 10 each weekday @ 5.00pm - 5.40 pm and 5.45pm - 6.30pm

You must follow COVID Safe plans and adhere to limits of users.

Gilgandra Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homelessness services are available - please call 6817 8798 or email gys@gilgandra.nsw.gov.au 

Gilgandra Shire Library

The Library is now open, with Conditions of Entry in place, including a maximum capacity of 15 visitors, Covid check in, hand sanitiser use, masks and social distancing.  Evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all those on the premises aged 16 years and above must also be sighted, as per the Public Health Order. There may be medical exemptions to this, which also requires evidence. This must be in the form of a medical certificate, or other written evidence signed by a registered health practitioner or NDIS provider.  

Three computers are available for bookings. 

Come in and browse the shelves, or use our Click & Collect/ Call & Collect service: you can reserve the items you want on our online catalogue, either by using the North Western Library app on phones or tablets, or using the North Western Library website, https://www.northwesternlibrary.com.au/. Alternately, contact the library and staff will make a selection to suit your requirements. 

Staff will be available by phone to answer your questions or help you to join the Library,  phone 6817 8877 or email library@gilgandra.nsw.gov.au

Gilgandra Waste Facility

The Facility is open for waste disposal. The Op Shop and recycling centre is open from Monday, 27 September. 

Gilgandra Youth Services 

Gilgandra Youth Services is operating.
For more information on the Breakfast Club or Youth Club services and activities, please call 6817 8798, email gys@gilgandra.nsw.gov.au

Meals on Wheels and Community Transport

Meals on Wheels and Community Transport is continuing services.
If you are interested in volunteering with Council, please access further information here.
If clients have any enquiries, please call 6817 8750.

Orana Living

Orana Living houses implementing measures in line with NSW Health advice. Please call 6817 8600 to speak with Orana Living staff.

Public Parks

All public parks in the Gilgandra Shire are open. The community is reminded to observe social distancing requirements when using these public spaces. Normal public park maintenance will continue.

Public Toilets

Hunter Park and Miller Street CBD public toilets are open. 

Road Maintenance, Water Sewer and Depot

Road Maintenance and water and sewer teams will continue as planned. The depot and workshop will continue to operate as normal.

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Council will continue to stay up-to-date with Federal Government advice, in addition to NSW Government and NSW Health requirements and Public Health Orders. Necessary changes will continue to be implemented at the range of service locations and facilities that Council operates.

Current COVID-19 restrictions can be found by visiting the NSW Government website.

Council facilities have social distancing and hygiene measures in place, including all visitors to wear face masks and sign in, limits on customer numbers where stated. Strict social distancing and hygiene arrangements are in place to ensure health and safety of staff and customers. Customers are asked to not visit the various services and buildings if they are unwell.