Mayor's Message | Information and services keep flowing at Lake Mac

TAKE CARE: Lake Mac Mayor Kay Fraser with husband Carey.
TAKE CARE: Lake Mac Mayor Kay Fraser with husband Carey.

It's been a real tough couple of weeks as we've responded as a community to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has created a lot of uncertainty across our community. But now is the time to come together and work as a community to see us through this pandemic.

We've seen some panic buying across the region and no doubt it has created some anxiety throughout the community. We have worked with supermarket operators to remove delivery curfews on supermarket loading bays to help them restock their shelves.

I encourage everyone to stay calm, not panic and follow the advice from relevant authorities, such as NSW Health. Council is taking a proactive approach to keeping the Lake Macquarie community updated as the situation progresses. The health and safety of our residents, customers and employees is our top priority and we are continuing to monitor daily developments.

Council's dedicated web page at lakemac.com.au/COVID19 has more information about how we're responding, as well as helpful links to NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health.

We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions, including washing your hands regularly with soap and water, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home if you are sick.

I also have been corresponding with the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Local Emergency Management Committee, which is encouraging the community to practice social distancing by avoiding crowds. This is a very important measure that will ultimately help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Community events have been affected and we have cancelled and/or postponed activities including learn-to-swim classes, Belmont Beer, BBQ and Beats, all the over 55s events, all Me2 Program activities, as well as ANZAC Day services and NAIDOC Week celebrations.

I want to reassure everyone, that the council is planning and taking measures to keep our essential services operating.

At this stage, there is no disruption to core council services to the community, so services such as waste and recycling collections will continue as normal. We've also stepped up our cleaning programs so that everyone can be confident using our public amenities and playgrounds.

We can all take simple steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Look after one another and keep an eye on your family, friends and neighbours. To stay up to date refer to the advice from NSW Health.

Kay Fraser is the Mayor of Lake Macquarie