City begins re-opening community facilities

Published: Friday, 15 May 2020 at 3:39:09 PM

From next week the City of Albany will begin phasing-in a re-opening of its facilities and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as the State Government begins to lift public restrictions.

 

A number of facilities and services will resume in a limited capacity from Monday, May 18 to comply with public gathering and social distancing requirements.

 

City executive and management staff met this week to review the latest advice from the State Government and plan how the City would manage re-opening public facilities such as Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, Library, National Anzac Centre and Forts Store, and some waste services.

 

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said service delivery would be modified to meet requirements and resources, but this would be reviewed as restrictions were eased until services were back to normal operations.

 

“We’re very excited about transitioning our facilities back to operating, that’s a good sign for our community and is testament to the work everyone has done to stop the spread of COVID 19,” he said.

 

“We still need to balance reopening our facilities with the health and safety of our community, and achieve that sustainably too, which presents some challenges but we’ll work through that carefully and do what’s in the best interests of our community and ratepayers.

 

“Our commitment as a local government is to provide a high level of service to our community, and they expect that, so that will be our priority in line with the requirements and resource capacity of the City.”

 

Community members visiting the re-opened facilities will be required to abide by public gathering and social distancing requirements, and follow hygiene protocols.

 

Facilities will implement a Covid-19 Safety Plan to accommodate the following service changes:

 

Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre

  • From Monday, May 18, ALAC stadium courts and Member Group Fitness programs will re-open Monday to Friday from 6am to 8pm.
  • A restricted booking system will apply to all programs or hire arrangements to comply with public gathering and social distancing restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and ask that you follow directions of staff.
  • The ALAC crèche will re-open from Monday, May 18 to support parents or primary carers who are attending member fitness classes.
  • The Recreation Services team will support outdoors and indoors sporting clubs and organisations to resume non-contact training on surrounding grounds and courts in compliance with restrictions.
  • Aquatic facilities within the centre will remain closed as the current restrictions on gatherings mean it is not viable to restart these operations. This will continue to be reassessed as public gathering restrictions change.
  • Online fitness classes and home work-outs will continue to be facilitated.
  • All other ALAC facilities and services will be reviewed as restrictions are further relaxed.

 

Albany Public Library

  • From Monday, May 18, Albany Public Library will re-open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.
  • Access will be managed to comply with public gathering and social distancing restrictions, please expect delays in accessing the library due to these restrictions. Staff will be on-hand to assist and we appreciate your understanding.
  • Library opening days and hours will be reassessed as restrictions are further relaxed.

 

Albany Visitor Centre

 

  • Albany Visitor Centre remains closed until further notice. This will be reassessed as restrictions are relaxed and demand for visitor services increases.
  • The Visitor Centre continues to provide an information service and receive bookings via email and phone. Email stay@amazingalbany.com.au or call 6820 3700. Emails and calls are responded to between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. If a staff member cannot answer your call immediately, or you call outside these times, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

 

Albany Regional Day Care

  • The Day Care centre remains open for normal hours. Priority is being given to working families at this time. Any families wanting to return their child to day care should contact the centre on 6820 3650 to discuss their child’s enrolment.

 

Albany Heritage Park

 

  • The Forts Store will re-open to customers from Monday, May 18. The store will open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm until further notice.
  • Princess Royal Fortress grounds are re-open to the public, however all collections and museums within the precinct, including the National Anzac Centre, remain closed in compliance with current State Government restrictions.
  • Opening of the National Anzac Centre and other museums within the site will be reassessed as restrictions are further relaxed.

 

Waste Services

 

  • From Saturday, May 23, Bakers Junction Waste Transfer Station will re-open on Saturdays only from 8.15am to 4.15pm. It is proposed that this will continue for at least six months and will be re-assessed as resource capacity permits.
  • Hanrahan Waste Facility and other operating waste stations will continue to accept card payments or passes only. No cash payments will be accepted until further notice.
  • Fossicker’s Tip Shop remains closed until further notice. This will be reassessed subject to capacity to manage social distancing requirements.

 

Vancouver Arts Centre

  • Vancouver Arts Centre will re-open to annual hirer groups only from Monday, May 25.
  • Hirer groups will be required to implement a plan to ensure their activities comply with public gathering and social distancing requirements.
  • Due to the confined spaces at VAC and the use by hirer groups, the centre will not re-open to the public until further notice. This will be reassessed as restrictions are further relaxed.

 

Albany Regional Airport

  • The airport remains open, but staff will continue to manage numbers within the airport to comply with public gathering and social distancing restrictions.

 

Council Meetings

  • Members of the public and media will be able to attend (in person) at Council and Committee meetings commencing at the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 26. Attendance will be limited to 10 people to comply with social distancing requirements.
  • If you are unable to attend a Council meeting, community members can send written submissions or questions to councilliaison@albany.wa.gov.au. Your submissions or questions will be tabled at the meeting and recorded in the minutes. Responses to questions will be provided in writing.

 

The City of Albany will continue to increase access to its facilities and resumption of community services as the State Government implements changes to Covid-19 restrictions over coming months.

 

“We’ll continue to strive to meet the changes the State Government makes wherever possible, but due to some operational changes there may be some temporary delays in resuming full service delivery in some instances,” Mr Sharpe said.

 

For up to date information on service delivery and links to the current Covid-19 restrictions, visit www.albany.wa.gov.au.

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