The operation of the Singleton Waste Management Facility will change to bookings only for residential waste and commercial operators must ring ahead after the NSW Government announced an extension of the Hunter lockdown.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said services would continue as they have for the past week with the exception of the Waste Management Facility, and Council was also working closely with Singleton Business Chamber to support local businesses impacted by the ongoing stay-at-home orders.
"It is disappointing that the lockdown won't end as scheduled, but the highest priority is the health and safety of everyone in our community," she said.
"I acknowledge everyone who has been doing the right thing over the past week and urge you to hang in there just a little bit longer, continue to follow the public health orders to keep each other safe, and hopefully we'll be out of lockdown sooner rather than later.
"These are challenging circumstances, particularly for our local businesses, and Council staff are working with the Singleton Business Chamber to provide support into addition to Government assistance including one-on-one business coaching and a new round of the Business Supporting Business program that offers $250 Spend in Singleton gift cards to businesses to purchase essential items from other local businesses.
"Whether you're taking care of your mental health or looking for practical assistance for your business, please visit Council's website at singleton.nsw.gov.au to see what support is available to you."
General Manager Jason Linnane said Council's top priority continued to be the safety of staff and the community while ensuring essential services continued to be provided.
"The extension of the lockdown doesn't change anything in our approach to taking action to comply with the public health order in the ongoing delivery of essential services for our community," he said.
"I pay tribute to all of our staff who have stepped up to continue to support our community in these challenging circumstances, whether they're still out on the job while following Government requirements such as wearing a mask and social distancing, or working from home.
"While people can't come in to our Administration Building or Visitor Information Centre at the moment, we're still here to take your calls or respond to your emails.
"Remember as well that many of our services are available online, such as lodging a development application, submitting a CRM or finding a great book to read from our Library's extension online collection.
"You can also dispose of essential waste at the Singleton Waste Management Facility, so long as you ring ahead to make an appointment on 02 6578 7329.
"For the complete list of what Council facilities are open and closed, and how you can contact us, head to Council's website."
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