Services that impact the safety, health and wellbeing of the Cardinia Shire community are being given top priority by the council during Stage 4 of the pandemic.
Cardinia Shire Council’s essential services such as road, drain and footpath maintenance, rubbish and recycling collection, tree services, maternal and child health, immunisations and maintenance of outdoor spaces will continue.
Although some modifications will be made to comply with the current Covid-19 directions and advice.
Council’s parks, nature and recreation reserves will remain open for people to visit for exercise only – provided government exercise restrictions are followed and the park is within five kilometres from home.
However, Mt Cannibal Reserve will be closed for the duration of Stage 4 restrictions.
Playgrounds, skate parks, barbecue facilities, BMX tracks, outdoor exercise equipment and basketball rings cannot be used, in line with the restrictions.
While most council buildings and facilities remain closed, the council will continue to provide most services online and over the phone – including customer requests and applications, planning permits, pet registration, and support for young people, seniors and it’s CALD community.
Innovative ways have been found to deliver a number of services, including the Casey Cardinia Libraries home delivery service for vulnerable residents, and its online event program.
Cardinia mayor Jeff Springfield said the council would remain absolutely focused on looking after the community during this very challenging time.
“These Stage 4 restrictions are unlike anything we’ve experienced before. This is an extremely tough time for business owners and operators, and indeed, for so many across the wider community,” he said.
“Council will continue to be there for our community, and we’ll keep supporting and working closely with government health agencies and Victoria Police in the collective fight against Covid-19.
“It’s now more important than ever that we all work together, look out for one another, and follow the latest advice from health authorities to help slow the virus’ spread.”