Liverpool City Council Mayor, Wendy Waller, has expressed her concerns to LGNSW over what she says is a lack of government clarity over the ability for councils to collect rubbish, provide childcare and carry out emergency maintenance to roads, footpaths and drains as COVID-19 Public Health Orders continue to evolve.
Mayor Waller (pictured) said Liverpool and other local government areas would continue to deliver essential services to the community following talks with NSW President, Councillor Linda Scott.
“I’m very pleased this clarification occurred in a timely manner and I’ll continue lobbying the NSW Government for further updates around the list of authorised work as the changes to the Public Health Order continue,” Mayor Waller said.
“The message is constantly evolving and we need to ensure residents are well-informed in order to follow the public health order at all times,” she said.
“Any work Council does will be approved by NSW Health and the Police. Council will continue to provide rubbish and household waste collection, emergency maintenance to roads, footpaths, and drainage systems during this time.
“Council recognises that families with young children need support as parents work from home or are authorised workers on the frontline and Council’s early education and care centres and pre-school will remain open with COVID protocols in place for residents who need this vital service.
“Residents can continue to access parks, reserves, and open spaces for outdoor exercise,” said Mayor Waller.
She commended Liverpool residents for complying with the NSW Government stay-at-home restrictions.
There are now seven COVID-19 testing clinics across Liverpool, including a 24-hour drive-through facility at Whitlam Leisure Centre.