Information about the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic can be found on the following websites:
World Health Organisation
Australian Government Department of Health
Tasmanian Government Coronavirus Website
If you think you might have COVID-19 because of recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) for advice. If you haven’t travelled or had contact with confirmed case, phone your doctor or healthdirect Australia (1800 022 222). Protect others around you by washing your hands and keeping your distance.
West Tamar Council's Response to COVID-19 as of Friday 3rd April 2020
The safety and well-being of staff, Councillors, volunteers and the community continues to be our top priority.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we expect there to be an interruption to our normal services. We are happy to record your enquiry, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive a response or resolution within the usual timeframe.
We will endeavour to continue to provide essential Council services for our community. To be clear though, essential services means just that, only services that support public health and safety, statutory obligations and emergency response.
In the interests of community safety, the following Council Buildings and Facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
All non-essential meetings and events have been cancelled including:
- Youth Services
- Local Area Advisory Groups
- Special Committees of Council
- Seniors’ Advisory Group
- Youth Advisory Council
Parks, Sports Grounds and Reserves, a reminder to practice social distancing and personal hygiene at all times, and that gathering in groups of more than 2 is no longer permitted:
- Sports Grounds will be on a limited maintenance regime and will not be maintained for training or competition
- As per Australian Government Guidelines, our Playgrounds, Skate Parks, and Outdoor Exercise Equipment is closed
- Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service have closed all National Parks and Reserves including but not limited to; Trevallyn Reserve, Narawntapu National Park, Tamar Island Wetlands Centre and Greens Beach.
- Council owned Tennis Centres, Bowls Clubs and the Riverside Swimming Centre is closed.
- Pontoons and boat ramps remain open.
- Use of camping or overnight rest areas is no longer permitted.
Our Beaconsfield and Exeter Waste Transfer Stations are open for the delivery of waste only and cash won’t be accepted, payments to be made via EFTPOS or tip tickets. The tip shop is closed until further notice.
In order to intensify cleaning at our larger public toilets, some smaller toilets will be closed until further notice. New soap dispensers have been installed and cleaning has been increased to twice daily at the following locations which are open as usual:
- Riverside (Tailrace Park)
- Trevallyn (Lions Park)
- Rosevears (Brady’s Lookout)
- Gravelly Beach (Rose Bay Park)
- Paper Beach
- Exeter (Tamar Visitor Centre and Biloo St)
- Beaconsfield (West St and Middle Arm Park)
- Frankford Hall
- Beauty Point (Esplanade)
- Greens Beach
We appreciate this is a difficult time but we genuinely have the best interests of our staff, volunteers and the community, at the forefront of our minds in taking this action. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to update these measures as things progress. A full list of business restrictions can be found on the Tasmanian Government's Coronavirus website.
For languages other than English, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health Website.