Re-opening is a patience game
Published on 12 June 2020
Re-opening the Leisure Centre this week is a big step for Council and our community.
The Leisure Centre is an important part of everyday life for many.
While instructors have done a great job moving their classes online, they obviously can’t replicate the social interaction the Centre provides.
So there’s plenty of excitement about the doors opening on Monday.
I just want to make everyone aware, it will not be business as usual.
Running the Leisure Centre is a major undertaking at the best of times.
Reopening under COVID-19 regulations will be a huge challenge for staff and patrons.
Aqua classes, public swimming, fitness classes, the gym, crèche and sauna will be available.
But there will be strict limits on numbers, and you will need to book.
Learn to swim, gymnastics, kinder gym, the toddlers pool, spa and parties are not available under current regulations.
From this week our community halls will be available for use as well.
As with the Leisure Centre, booking these facilities comes with strict COVID-related conditions for Council and users.
The next step for Council is opening our Administration Centre on Manning Street.
We are busy setting up our foyer and counter area so our customer service team and our customers are safe.
We’re also reassembling our planning, environment, engineering, finance and compliance teams.
Thanks to COVID, it’s not simply a matter of putting everyone back where they were.
Like the Leisure Centre, when the Administration Building opens, it won’t be business-as-usual.
We’d like people to phone or email rather than come in.
We’ll also be encouraging everyone to make use of our new website, which is being switched on at the end of the month.
It will provide a much wider range of online resources and services, which are easier to use. Council made easy.
I ask one thing of everyone as we re-open our facilities and restart our services:
Please be patient.
Council staff, like everyone else, have had to live and work through this pandemic.
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that a little kindness goes a long, long way.
Clr. Mark Honey