Read the Mayor’s message for updates on new recreational facilities and libraries, development of the ambitious coastal walkway from Manly to Palm Beach and big picture issues that affect the Northern Beaches.
All our thoughts are with the friends and family of the young local who lost their life to COVID this week. Our hearts go out to you – a life devastatingly lost much too soon.
What a terrible illustration of the indiscriminate nature of this new strain of the virus. And of the seriousness of it.
It’s hard not to be affected by such awful news so close to home. Do reach out if you need support – there are plenty of services available on the Northern Beaches who can help.
And please keep following the health orders. We can all do our part to help reduce the risk.
There is no doubt this is one of the toughest challenges we have faced.
The Premier has made it clear, the way forward is to get the jab as soon as you can. Until then, follow the health orders. Please, get familiar with the latest restrictions and case locations near you on the NSW Health website.
But there is a small silver lining with the news our Year 12s can get back to face to face teaching soon with strict COVID controls.
This Saturday will see the return of low-risk construction and trades in some areas across Sydney. Here at Council we are working with our construction teams so we will keep you updated on what sites can resume safely.
And it is welcome news to hear about the additional support the federal and state governments are delivering to our local businesses.
Finally, a big shout out to the folks in Belrose who turned out for testing in droves! It is really incredible to watch our community spring into action at times like this. Thank you for what you are doing. Whether it’s getting tested or vaccinated, staying home, self-isolating, checking in with neighbours or calling those you know are struggling – we can all play our part to get through is.
Stay safe and continue being kind! It’s great to see so much positivity.
I guess that while it’s not ideal, we all know that if we are going to get on top of this situation then another week of lockdown is what we must do.
Council will continue to deliver essential services, support our vulnerable community members and keep delivering the Library 2 U service through this period. And yes, we will keep the lights on at the parks and our open spaces so you can get out and exercise.
Our Customer Service Centres are continuing to take your calls and help through our online services. If you have a question for us, just reach out. For local businesses, we have a Business Support Service to help point you in the right direction.
Like the Premier said, we need to pull together, support each other and do our best, and together we will get through it.
Please check in on your family, friends and your neighbours – let’s just get this done now.
So stay home, get tested if unwell and use the Service NSW QR code check-in where ever you go. And get the jab if available to you. You know the line… we are not safe until we are all safe
Finally, I can’t stress enough how tough this lockdown is on our local businesses, so please do your bit and support them when you can. Buy a voucher, grab takeaway, buy online. Just buy local.
Stay safe (and sane) everyone.