Last updated: 6 April 2020 (changes are marked * UPDATED *)
In response to the current COVID-19 situation and the Government’s announcement that all non-essential services must close and people must go into self-isolation for a minimum for four weeks from 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, we advise the following information with regards to Council’s services and facilities. These arrangements will apply until further notice.
CLOSED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE)
- Grey District Library (see here for a list of FAQ's) * UPDATED - unfortunately the APNK free wifi service from the National Library has been discontinued due to people gathering outside libraries around NZ and not following the two metre physical distancing rule *
- Westland Recreation Centre
- Spring Creek Pool
- Runanga Service Centre and Community Library
- Council owned Freedom Camping sites – These will be closed from 2pm on Tuesday 24 March 2020 (Cobden Bridge Site, Cobden Tiphead Site, Blaketown Tiphead and Iveagh Bay)
- Council Office
* UPDATED 2 April 2020 * Council dog parks in Cobden and Preston Road are closed to the public. The access roads to the Cobden and Blaketown tipheads are also closed to vehicles.
This is due to the current government rules under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 that everyone must stay home except for trips for essential purposes only. People are allowed to exercise locally, however there is risk of people coming into close contact with each other at the dog parks, as well as touching surfaces such as the gates, locks etc which may be contaminated. We have closed our playgrounds due to similar risk. We have also had multiple reports of numerous vehicles going out to the tipheads. Police have repeatedly requested people drive for essential trips only.
Our contractors and staff will be putting up signs and barriers shortly. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation during this time.
ESSENTIAL SERVICES STILL OPERATING
There will be reduced staff working in the Council offices and some staff working from home. You can still contact us via phone 03 769 8600 (monitored between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday) or email email@example.com. We will also be updating and monitoring our website www.greydc.govt.nz and Council Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GreyDC.
We will continue to maintain and operate the following essential services:
- Roading, Water supply, Stormwater and Wastewater/ sewerage (to keep operational and respond to emergency/safety issues only)
- Civil Defence – An Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) is being set up at the Westland Recreation Centre from Monday 30 March 2020
- Port of Greymouth
- Cemeteries - This includes applications for new burials and visiting the cemeteries (Note: people must abide by the 2 metre physical distancing rules set by Government)
- Refuse and recycling collecting will continue as normal – Note: Some changes will apply with the upcoming public holidays (Easter and ANZAC Day) * UPDATED * see here for details
- Building consents/Resource consents/LIMs – All current applications that have been submitted will be processed and new online applications will be processed as resources allow; please note that there may be limited staff available to do the processing which may impact on timeframes
- Public toilets will remain open with routine cleaning
- Retirement Housing - Council is keeping in regular contact with tenants in its retirement housing units
- * UPDATED * Animal Control - this is considered an essential service under Ministry of Health guidelines, however to ensure staff safety in terms of minimising unnecessary public interaction and sticking to the two metre physical distancing rule, Council will deal with urgent issues only such as dog attacks in conjunction with the Police and will provide care as needed for any impounded dogs
- Landfill/Disposal: * UPDATED *
McLean’s Pit Landfill & Recycling Centre
- This site is only open for 'essential services and sanitary house hold waste disposal only'. For example, you can take household waste to site but you cannot take green waste or clean up your section or house and bring trailer loads of materiel to site. Cleaning up your house or yard at this time is not essential.
- All access will be via the recycling centre.
- All customers are required to ensure they practice good hygiene and physical distancing when using these facilities.
Resource Centres – Moana, Blackball & Nelson Creek
- These sites are only open during normal hours and days of operation for 'essential services and sanitary house hold waste disposal only'. For example, you can take household waste to site but you cannot take green waste or clean up your section or house and bring trailer loads of material to site. Cleaning up your house or yard at this time is not essential.
- All customers are required to ensure they practise good hygiene and physical distancing when using these facilities.
SERVICES NOT OPERATING
The following services have been deemed non-essential and will therefore not be operating during the Alert Level 4 lockdown stage:
- Playgrounds – * UPDATED * All Council owned playgrounds will be closed to the public; note ALL playgrounds (including school playgrounds) are off limits because of the risk to users as the virus can stay on equipment and surfaces for up to 72 hours
- Council meetings – a decision has been made to defer the ordinary Council meeting planned for Monday 6 April 2020 and we will review this after four weeks
- No building consent inspections will be carried out
- * UPDATED * All Council controlled boat ramps are closed except for essential use - as per the advice from the Government, help our emergency services by only doing safe activities - avoid swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or tramping
We have been updating our website with information as the situation develops - you can read updates here. For more information, please visit the official website, www.covid19.govt.nz.
Please follow all instructions from the Government and keep yourselves, friends and family safe.