Lake Inverell

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council is constantly monitoring the situation as well as taking advice from the Australian and New South Wales governments to respond appropriately to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Residents are urged to follow the NSW rules for gatherings that apply to individuals and businesses and recommended protocols for social distancing. Residents are also urged to get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild.

Border closure to protect NSW

NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens. The closure will be effective from 12.01am Wednesday, 8 July and follows the concerning spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne. Read more.

DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING

Drive-through testing is now available in Inverell.  Appointments are to be booked in advance by phoning the Inverell clinic on 6721 9520, or Read more about this service.

As restrictions start to ease and we become more active it is important to ensure we:

Follow the rules.
Practice social distancing.
Wash your hands.
Get tested.
Look after the vulnerable.
Look after yourself.
Stay home
Download the COVISafe App

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS AND SERVICE LEVELS

In conjunction with the NSW Government restrictions please ensure you continue to follow: the 4 square metre rulephysical distancinghygiene and safety requirements for businesses.

Restrictions are easing and constantly changing, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules for the current restriction levels.

For information on local business and facilities please see the table below or make direct contact with the particular business / facility to ensure individual requirements are adhered to.

LOCAL / COUNCIL SERVICES

Local information from 1 June 2020
Council officeAll Council facilities are open.
For contactless payment, Council has suspended the credit card surcharge on all rates & water accounts until 31st December.
Tourism CentreOpen. Contact (02) 67288161, visit their: Website, or Facebook for full details.
Public LibraryOpen. The Library has returned to normal operating hours. Contact (02) 6728 8130 for full details.
Water, Sewer & WasteNo change to services
Copeton Dam
Northern Foreshores
Closed for camp ground redevelopment.
Copeton Dam
Howell
Open
Copeton Dam
Reflections Holiday Park
Open. Contact (02) 6723 6269 for full details.
Pindari DamOpen
Ashford Caravan ParkOpen. All visitors must abide by the Park's COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
Yetman Caravan ParkOpen. All visitors must abide by the Park's COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
Outdoor PlaygroundsOpen. Maintain social distancing. Gatherings of up to 20 persons.
Skate ParksOpen. Maintain social distancing. Gatherings of up to 20 persons.
Indoor recreational facilitiesOpen with restrictions.
Inverell Swimming Pool Open with restricted access. Please contact (02) 6722 3939 for full details.
Ashford Swimming PoolClosed for the winter season.
Community centresOpen with restricted access.
Sapphire City MarketsRe-commencing 21st June 2020. More information

Council Customer Service Centre

Our Administration Centre in Otho Street remains open and as per government advice, please only visit the Administration Centre if it is essential. If possible, please do business with us via email, online or by telephone – our contact details are below.

For contactess payment, Council has suspended the credit card surcharge on rates and water accounts until 31st December 2020.

Our customer service team is available 8.30am – 4.30pm weekdays to assist.

Email: council@inverell.nsw.gov.au  Web: www.inverell.nsw.gov.au  Phone: (02) 6728 8288  Facebook: facebook.com/InverellCouncil

Making a payment

Payments can be made via BPay or direct debit can be arranged through your bank. Online payments can be made via our website please visit our Rates & Water page for more information.

For contactess payment, Council has suspended the credit card surcharge on rates and water accounts until 31st December 2020.

Our customer service team is available 8.30am – 4.30pm weekdays to assist.

Local Businesses Stepping Up

For residents who are in self isolation or those who wish to minimise contact with others, many local businesses are now offering services such as home delivery, phone ordering and contactless pick-up.

Council is maintaining a list of these businesses, which is posted on our Facebook page.

We encourage residents to take up these options and commend local businesses for continuing to service our community in these difficult times.

2020 Council Elections Postponed

The Minister for Local Government has postponed the September 2020 Local Government elections for one year due to COVID-19.

This means elections will now be held September 2021 and the current council will remain in place until then. The subsequent local government elections will be held in 2024.

COUNCIL NEWS ALERTS

Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Alerts
31 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) News AlertDownload[3 MB – PDF]
26 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) News AlertDownload[742 KB – PNG]
20 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) News AlertDownload[78 KB – PNG]

FURTHER INFORMATION

Australian Government website & The NSW Government website: These sites are regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.

Department of Health website: For further information on COVID-19, including  daily updates, FAQ’s, current facts and figures, staying healthy and travel advice.

Coronavirus Statistics: The NSW Government updates their website every day with the current situation, latest case numbers and related information.

Coronavirus Testing Clinics: Find your closest Coronavirus Testing Clinic using the NSW Health interactive map

Queensland Boarder Restrictions: Information on restriction regrading travelling into Queensland.

Last modified: 07-Jul-2020

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CONTACT COUNCIL

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Correspondence:
General Manager
PO Box 138 Inverell NSW 2360

Administration Centre

144 Otho Street
Inverell NSW 2360

Phone: (02) 6728 8288
Fax: (02) 6728 8277
Email: council@inverell.nsw.gov.au
ABN: 72 695 204 530

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