Council is getting on with business to provide services and infrastructure for the community, while taking steps to protect its staff and residents from COVID-19 crisis.
The organisation has many actions in place to continue providing services and is regularly reviewing and revising its operations to maximise the availability of services.
“It’s taking innovation and some different approaches to ensure it’s business as usual, while closely following Federal and State Government advice to prevent the spread of Coronavirus,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
“Roads are being constructed and maintained, bridges are being replaced, waste services are ongoing and water services are being closely managed amid the ongoing challenges of the drought.
“We’re forging ahead with the considerable number of major projects we’re undertaking this year, to help ensure this region is as strong and vibrant as possible when the COVID-19 crisis is over.
“They include the runway apron upgrade at Armidale Regional Airport and construction of the Airport Business Park infrastructure, along with repairs to Kempsey Road. Designs for the new playground in Curtis Park are being drawn up and our 2040 Regional Plan is being drafted after some great community feedback,” he said.
“While our administration buildings and some other Council facilities are closed from today until further notice, community members can be confident we’re doing all we can so they can continue to access services.”
Many transactions and Council-related information can be accessed online – anywhere and any time it suits community members – and people are encouraged to utilise these options. They can also phone Council on 1300 136833.
In addition, Armidale Regional Library is introducing a number of measures to help members access library resources and services. Check the libraries page on Council’s website and the library’s Facebook page for details.
“Council was proactive in enabling staff to work away from our administrative buildings, in line with recommendations of social distancing, to ensure staff remain healthy and on deck to deliver projects and services. That includes office staff using online technology to connect with workmates and community members,” Cr Murray said.
Adjusted working practices have also been implemented for Council’s outdoor crews, including team briefings and travelling to worksites, so they can continue to operate while further protecting their health.