Kiama Council Snippets Monday May 18

Dogs on leash: Our rangers are reporting an increase in people walking their dogs without a leash, or with a leash in the wrong areas. The NSW Government recently significantly increased fines for not properly controlling your dog, or walking them where you shouldn't. Please refer to our website for the best places to exercise them and yourself: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/residents/pets---other-animals

Volunteer Week (18 - 24 May): Our fantastic volunteers are taking a well-earned rest as we all deal with COVID-19 measures, but we can't wait to welcome them back. Without them we couldn't provide many services our community relies on. Why not share your volunteer tribute or story online using the hashtags: #nationalvolunteerweek #kiamavolunteers

Playground and rock pools open: Easing of restrictions means we can now re-open our playgrounds, outdoor exercise stations, skate parks and rock pools. Only 10 people (including children) can use these facilities, including only 10 swimmers at a time in a rock pool, and 10 people in boot camps (including the trainer). Please follow the advice of health authorities when using these facilities; wash your hands before and after you use this equipment; assume the person who has used the equipment before you has the virus.

Kiama Leisure Centre: While the rock pools and outdoor exercise equipment can now be used, the Leisure Centre remains closed to the public under current COVID-19 measures.

Advice for business: The NSW Government has relaxed restrictions for many food-related businesses. We have added a section to our COVID-19 webpage that provides advice and online resources to help with issues such as queue marking and footpath dining.

Customer Service: Our customer Service crew is also still working behind closed doors, but you can still call or email them: (02) 4232 0444 or council@kiama.nsw.gov.au. If you want to pay your rates in person, you can still do so by visiting Australia Post.

COVID-19 Relief Package: A reminder about our COVID-19 financial relief package, which allows those experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, to defer payments without incurring interest.

COVID-19 complaints: Complaints regarding community behaviour should be forwarded to NSW Police - 1800 333 000.

COVID-19 questions: Questions regarding COVID-19 should be directed to the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080.