COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 Important Information

Mayor's Address to the Community 27.03.2020

Mayor’s Message to the Community – COVID 19 Mayor’s Message to the Community – COVID 19 (58345 KB)

The Coonamble Shire Council is focused on providing information for the health and wellbeing of their local community during this global pandemic.

With the release of new information daily, Council is posting recommendations and updates on our Facebook page, and providing links that will be useful for the community to stay informed -

The following simple measures will prevent the spread of the virus – so please adhere to them:
  • Hand hygiene – regularly clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitiser. 
  • Cough etiquette – cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home – avoid close contact with people unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, and stay home if you have these symptoms.
  • Touching – avoid touching your face and avoid shaking hands with others.
  • Social distance – maintain a distance from others of 1.5 metres, and avoid crowded places.

To help identify COVID-19 symptoms the Australian Government, Department of Health have released this easy to follow chart.

What should you do if you or someone you know has COVID-19 like symptoms? Initially assess symptoms against this poster.

The Federal Government has established the National COVID-19 Triage 24/7 Hotline (1800 020 080) to help triage people with respiratory symptoms and those concerned about contact with COVID-19.
Locally, you can contact Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service (02 6822 0000) who have testing facilities available and will provide guidance. The Local Health District have rigorous systems, resources and processes in place to treat anyone who needs to be hospitalised due to COVID-19.  
The Federal Government advises that people without symptoms do not need to be tested.


Local grocery supplies under pressure
Our supermarkets and stores have been severely impacted by panic buying. This is resulting in great pressure being placed on those businesses and certain members of the community who cannot access necessary supplies. 
During such uncertain times, it is understandable that people are feeling insecure and anxious. The community is urged to support each other as rationally as possible, and to encourage a calm approach as we cope with COVID-19 together. 

Support for businesses 
Federal and State Government directions are impacting the operation and viability of many businesses, including ours. Some information and resources which may support these businesses include – 

Council is receiving regular updates from the Office of Local Government which continue to support our operations. Most recent announcements include the postponement of Local Government elections until 2021 and amendments to the Local Government Act to allow Council meetings to be held remotely.