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  1. Council’s community support measures for COVID-19

    Date:
    27 Mar 2020

    At a special meeting of the Alice Springs Town Council held 26 March 2020, it was unanimously agreed that exceptional support measures be put in place for our local economy and the Alice Springs community. “In these uncertain times, it’s important that the community is aware of what Council has been actively working on to be able to make this announcement today. Council Officers have been assisting in the coordinated response effort, whilst also proactively developing potential recovery measures for our community.” Mayor Ryan The community support measures to be implemented: 1. That the local weighting criteria for Council procurement be increased from current 10% to 30% weighting in Council’s Procurement of Good and Services Quotations and Tenders Policy until 30 June 2020. 2. From 27 March 2020, the charging of interest on outstanding rates balances is suspended until 30 June 2020. 3. The rates payment due dates for the last quarterly payment will be extended from 3 April 2020 to 30 June 2020. 4. Fees and charges – as from 27 March 2020: a. Fees associated with the Civic Centre public toilet shower usage will be waived until June 2020. b. All Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre (ASALC) memberships and 10 visit passes are suspended, to resume upon reopening. c. Library late fees waived until the Library is reopened. d. The Sports Facility Advisory Committee participation levy will be waived until 30 June 2020. 5. Council will meet to consider further measures as part of its 2020/21 financial year budget deliberations. CEO Robert Jennings said “Elected Members have also expressed deep concern for Alice Springs and are working on a raft of initiatives for the next level of response, so as to be ready to support our community when it will need it most.” This resolution further supports the work that Council is already doing in working with the NT Government to action the priorities of the Department of Health and Emergency Operations Centre. To this extent, the following actions have already been undertaken: • Ensuring the ongoing provision of Council’s essential services, such as waste and roads • Numerous actions to ensure the safety of the public and Council staff • Cancellation of Council events and activities in alignment with its facilities and events management processes • Closure of the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre facility on Monday 23 March 2020 • Closure of the Public Library on Tuesday 24 March 2020 • Closure of the Civic Centre (to the public) Friday 27 March 2020 • Restriction on funerals, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s directives • Moving all public meetings to Zoom, where possible Note: These special measures have been put in place as a result of COVID-19. All information is correct as at 11am, Friday 27 March, 2020.

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  2. Council's COVID19 Response 23 March 2020

    Date:
    23 Mar 2020

    Council’s COVID-19 response as at 23 March 2020 Alice Springs Town Council wishes to advise the community that, in line with public health advice, the Alice Spring Public Library will cease operations from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice. The Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre has also ceased operation as at 12noon, Monday 23 March 2020. “The safety of our community is Council’s number one priority. As such, Council has implemented a range of measures based on the advice of the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Department of Health, and the Northern Territory Chief Minister in regard to a community response to COVID-19” said CEO Robert Jennings. At this stage, non-essential Council events for March, April and May 2020 have been CANCELLED. This includes: Twilight in the Mall, Multicultural Fitness month, Dancing with Dementia, YAG Recycled Art launch (exhibition logistics TBA), Library Book Sale, Anzac Day Dawn Service, 12hour Swim, April Night Markets, Big Day Out in Harmony, Pets On Parade, National Simultaneous Storytime, and the Saturday morning Heart Walk. Council is evaluating its other upcoming events and will advise the community in due course. Last week, Council advised that it would suspend all current (including externally led) programs and events at the Library. This includes the regular programs such as Lego Club, Preschool Storytime, STEAM Club, Connect to Tech, Baby Rhyme Time, School Holidays Programs and Storybook Saturday from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Council is also looking at how to best manage and conduct its meetings over the coming months, including the use of teleconferencing facilities. The NT Government’s Emergency Operation Centre has been set up in Alice Springs to monitor and manage COVID-19 across the Barkly and Southern regions. Council is represented on this group and continues to work with all key stakeholders to conduct and coordinate responses to ensure the health of all Territorians. Council reminds all community members to stay up to date with official and accurate sources: https://securent.nt.gov.au/ or https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/ or https://www.health.gov.au/. Note: These special measures have been put in place as a result of COVID-19. All information is correct as at 3pm Monday 23 March, 2020.

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  3. Council’s COVID-19 Response as at 17 March 2020

    Date:
    18 Mar 2020

    Council is vigilant in managing its public venues (such as the Library and Aquatic Centre) to minimise the risk and, at this stage, both the Library and Aquatic Centre are operating to regular trading with increased sanitation. However in the interests of public health, if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, or feeling sick in any way, please do not use these facilities. In line with national public health advice, the Alice Springs Public Library will be suspending all current (including externally led) programs and events at the Library until further notice. This includes regular programs such as Lego Club, Preschool Storytime, STEAM Club, Connect to Tech, Baby Rhyme Time and Storybook Saturday from today (Tuesday 17 March 2020). Meeting room bookings are also being reviewed. The Harmony Day Citizenship Ceremony scheduled for this Friday 20 March will be going ahead however precautions and social distancing measures will be put in place. At this stage non-essential events in March (only) 2020 – Twilight in the Mall, Multicultural Fitness month and the Saturday morning Heartwalk – have been CANCELLED. Council is currently evaluating its other upcoming events against risk assessment documents provided by Secure NT and will advise the community in due course.

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  4. 2019/2020 Budget amendments

    Date:
    02 Mar 2020

    Alice Springs Town Council wishes to advise the community of the 2019/2020 Budget amendments, please click on below link. For enquiries, please contact the Director of Corporate Services on 8950 0564.

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