Playgrounds and Skatepark First to Re-open as Focus Changes From Stay Home to Stay Safe
Tuesday, 26 May, 2020 - 17:30
Signage at Mansfield Shire Council’s playgrounds and skatepark is being updated to reflect the changes announced by the Premier at the weekend: they are open today with a maximum of 10 people at any one time.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said the Premier outlined a gradual re-opening of facilities, with the playgrounds and skateparks first on the list.
“As of today (26 May) these are open but we remind the community the equipment is not sanitised. The message has changed from Stay Home to Stay Safe and practicing good hygiene and social distancing will continue to be a key part of that,” Cr Attley said.
Cr Attley said the way we access services and facilities will be different and will continue to change and present new challenges as we Council and the community work through them together.
“We know people will be excited to be back out and interacting with facilities and services and the Youth Centre and Visitor Information Centre will open from 1 June. Each new opening may have different limitations so we encourage the community to give us feedback on how it is working for them or any ideas they may have,” she said.
On the June long weekend (6, 7 and 8 June) people will be allowed to travel.
“We will welcome visitors back to our region and trust that they will also adhere to the social distancing and good hygiene requirements because the health and safety of our community is important,” Cr Attley said.
“We can expect the town and Shire will be busier than it has for some time and we all need to play our part to ensure that it does not lead to infections,” she said.
Cr Attley said the Bush Market will be held that weekend and restaurants are already taking bookings.
“Businesses in the Shire have done very well following the guidelines and keeping their staff safe. I congratulate them on it and know they will keep up the good work as the town welcomes back visitors.”
In the week starting 8 June, Council will start a staggered re-implementation of bookings at the Community Centre (including the Buckland Room). The Property Officer will work with groups with existing bookings to re-implement their programs.
From 22 June bookings at the Sports Complex will recommence, in-line with the easing of restrictions.
“Council programs and support such as playgroups, planned activity groups, maternal health and counselling that were providing alternate service to face-to-face will gradually be re-introducing increased face-to-face service as well,” Cr Attley said.