COMMUNITY SAFETY – COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) INFORMATION
The health and safety of our staff and community is Glamorgan Spring Bay’s number one priority and we are actively taking measures respond to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
In the interest of public safety, we have made changes to the way we deliver services in accordance with advice from the Department of Health. Council has enacted its Pandemic Plan to ensure we maintain an appropriate level of service to the community.
To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions, we encourage you to interact with Council the following ways:
Protect yourself, protect others
Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to be tested for COVID-19 if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.
It is recommended that Indigenous people over the age of 50; people over the age of 65 with existing health conditions; and anyone over the age of 70 should continue to stay at home as much as possible to protect their health.
Community members are encouraged to check in on vulnerable residents by phone or online to provide social connection and see if they need assistance.
The Government has introduced a staged response to easing restrictions throughout the Tasmania.
Parks, Reserves and Playgrounds – are now open – social distancing must still be observed. The playground equipment is not sanitised.
- Unwell adults or children are not permitted to use the playground equipment
- Unwell children should not play with other children
- Wash your hands before and after using equipment
- Stay at least 1.5m apart
- Children’s hands should be cleaned thoroughly before and after using the equipment.
- For the latest State Government information on COVID-19 in Tasmania, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au
- For the information relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, visit the Australian Department of Health website: health.gov.au
- Download the Coronavirus Australia App from the App Store or Google Play
- Download the COVIDSafe contact tracing app on the App Store and Google Play
- Follow Stay Healthy Stay Connected on Facebook for tips on keeping mentally healthy
- Up-to-date information about coronavirus: coronavirus.tas.gov.au
- Red Cross Australia has got practical tips to maintaining wellbeing and manage isolation
State Government financial support
The Tasmanian Government is providing further support and economic stimulus to help businesses affected by COVID-19. See Stimulus and support for more information.
Australian Government financial support
Information about Australian Government support for businesses is available on the Treasury website.
Where to get help
National Debt Helpline
The National Debt Helpline’s (1800 007 007) financial counsellors provide free, independent and confidential advice to help you manage your debts or negotiate with creditors. The National Debt Helpline website also has step-by-step guides and useful information on how to deal with specific types of debts.
If your business has been impacted by coronavirus, you are encouraged to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 to discuss your situation and register your impact. You can also fill out the online form on the Business Tasmania website.
Information for Tasmanian tourism operators is available on the Tourism Tasmania website
For a range of print-friendly posters, flyers and fact sheets please go to coronavirus.tas.gov.au/resources.
Mental health support:
If you are feeling distressed, seek support:
- Beyond Blue, 1300 22 46 36
- Rural Alive & Well 1300 4357 6283 (1300 HELP MATE)
- Lifeline Australia, 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia, 1300 78 99 78
- Kids Helpline Official, 1800 551 800
- Tasmanians experiencing significant mental health problems can contact the Mental Health Services Helpline on 1800 332 388 for more immediate support
- In an emergency call 000
More mental health resources are available on coronavirus.tas.gov.au.
Emergency Relief support:
For emergency relief support including emergency food relief visit https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/emergency-relief-support
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN
To ensure that everyone is prepared for an emergency situation such as fire or flood, we have developed a GSBC Emergency Management Plan for the entire municipal area. This plan is reviewed, managed and administered by the Municipal Emergency Management Committee. It is reviewed regularly to ensure compatibility with regional and state arrangements.
The DRAFT GSBC Emergency Management Plan Issue 10 – September 2020 is now available for viewing.
What you need to know
If you are in immediate danger please call 000.
During emergency situations up to date information can be found as follows:-
- Tasmanian Fire Service website
- Tasmanian Fire Service Information: 1800 000 699 (if you need an interpreter call 131 450)
- Tasmanian Fire Service Facebook page
- Road Closures – Tasmania Police
- SES – Floods and Storm 132 500 (if you need an interpreter call 131 450)
- Protecting your health in smoky conditions
You can also tune into ABC radio (936 AM band) which broadcast regular updates.
TasALERT is an emergency warning and information system in an online platform.
It will provide a single source of clear and consistent emergency and resilience information from across government in an easy-to-use and high performing interface. Outside emergency response periods, the website will provide general information on topics such as volunteering, disaster preparedness and resilience-focused campaigns.
We do live in an area that has been and can be affected by bushfires. If you need some information on how to be Bushfire Ready, Prepare a Survival Plan, where your Nearby Safe Place is, or even just an explanation of the Tasmania Fire Service alerts and warnings, please go to the Tasmania Fire Service website, you should find everything you need there. www.fire.tas.gov.au
Council encourages residents to do their own emergency planning. Be pro-active, and talk to your family and friends about being prepared and staying safe in the event of a disaster. By working together, we build a stronger community and become more resilient to disasters.