Media Statement – City Update on Phase 3 Easing of Restrictions

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LIBRARIES

Joondalup Library reopened on Monday 18 May weekdays 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Duncraig Library reopened on Wednesday 3 June weekdays 9.30am to 5.00pm.

Consistent with State Government direction, the maximum number of library visitors will increase from 20 to 100 once new formal directions are issued by the State Government (anticipated to take effect 8 June 2020).

Customers are welcomed back to browse, borrow books, CDs and DVDs, read magazines or access the public computers and printing facilities. However, they will need to provide their contact details to staff members upon entry.

The City is taking a cautious and considered approach to reopening its library branches to ensure COVID-19 safety is the highest priority. Whitford and Woodvale Libraries remain closed until further notice.

After hours chutes are open and loans remain extended until 30 June 2020, while Books on Wheels and Click and Collect services are still available.

Exciting and interactive children’s programs are available in a modified format online, including story time, toddler time, pyjama stories, chop chop stories and Lego club.

Adult programming is available in a modified format online including Discovery Sessions, Author Talks, knitting gallery and photography club.

The City’s digital collection is available, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, films and documentaries. If residents need help accessing the online library or any digital assistance to access services, the Digital Help Line is available by phoning 9400 4180.

The City is unable to take bookings for its library meeting rooms until further notice.

The Books on Wheels service is committed to continuing service to the City’s most vulnerable community members.

LEISURE CENTRES

The City is proposing to open Leisure Centre – Craigie for increased patronage on Monday 15 June.

The slight delay is to ensure the Centre’s reopening is done in a balanced and coordinated way and caters as equally as possible for the greater numbers, which were in excess of 4,000 daily patrons prior to the COVID-19 closure.

The City will be reactivating all 4,300 memberships that were suspended during the COVID-19 period.

The City will also be re-engaging and re-training around 200 of its casual employees and ensuring the facility is COVID-19 compliant so that patrons are able to move safely around the Centre.

The following facilities will be available:

  • Gym
  • Group fitness (including indoor cycle classes)
  • Creche
  • Indoor and outdoor pools (excluding swimming lessons)
  • Spa, sauna and steam room
  • Changerooms and showers
  • Café (takeaway only)

The State Government guidelines allow for up to 100 people in a single undivided space, and up to a maximum of 300 people in the entire facility at any one time.

Programs and services, including swimming lessons, casual basketball, personal training, team sports, short courses and facility hire will remain closed or unavailable until further notice.

Duncraig Leisure Centre will also remain closed at this stage.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES

Park bookings, including sporting club bookings and regular use of sports floodlighting, recommenced on Monday 1 June.

Most community facilities and all changerooms will be reopened from Monday 15 June.

The City has opted to delay the re-opening of facilities to provide sufficient time for:

  • User groups to review their regular bookings and activity requirements in accordance with the new State Government directions;
  • The City to install sufficient sanitising/hygiene products, and signage across all affected facilities in accordance with its COVID Safety Plans;
  • The finalisation of accelerated building maintenance works in closed facilities.

Mildenhall (Duncraig) and the Whitfords Senior Citizens Centre will remain closed due to current and proposed refurbishment works.

The City has prepared COVID Safety Plans for each facility in accordance with the State Government’s Phase 3 requirements.

Hirers will also be required to prepare a COVID Safety Plan to support the delivery of their activities within community facilities, as part of a new COVID-19 Terms and Conditions of Hire.

Public toilets remain open and are subject to daily sanitisation cleans by the City.

The community and regular users of such public infrastructure should consider the use of the COVIDSafe app and are also reminded of the importance to implement good hygiene measures such as washing hands before and after use and exercising physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres to others.

PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

The City’s 239 playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment will reopen on Saturday 6 June.

Barbecues will be turned back on and the hotplates cleaned to allow for cooking.

The Mirror Park Skate Park (Ocean Reef), MacNaughton Park Skate Park (Kinross) and Shepherds Bush Park pump and jump track (Kingsley) will also reopen on Saturday 6 June. Residents are asked to be patient whilst the City works as quickly as possible to get temporary fencing removed.

Facility users are again reminded of the need to practice good hygiene by washing or sanitising hands before and after using equipment and exercising physical distancing by remaining 1.5m apart from others.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City will be returning to in-person Council Meetings and Briefing Sessions from Monday 8 June 2020, however due to the need to implement physical distancing requirements, public attendance at meetings will be restricted in number to a maximum of 40 people.

Priority attendance will be given to those persons wishing to make a public statement, ask questions, or make a deputation (Briefing Sessions only). To register interest in attending meetings, email council.questions@joondalup.wa.gov.au or call 9400 4313 from 9.00am on the day of the meeting.

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES

The City is waiting for clearance from the Federal Government to recommence citizenship ceremonies.

The Department of Home Affairs continues to actively monitor the restrictions in place set by the National Cabinet and the Department of Health to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and will move to support local governments in recommencing in-person ceremonies when it is safe to do so.

YOUTH SERVICES

Face-to-face programming remains on hold, however modified youth programs have been adapted to be delivered online to help young people stay connected.

Visit the Y-Lounge website (y-lounge.com.au) or follow the Youth Services team on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

A Youth Holiday program which adheres to social distancing protocols will be run in the July school holidays, and it is anticipated EDGE and Anchors Youth Centres will commence in Term Three.

A date has not yet been confirmed to reinstate the Youth Truck.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

The City’s Community Transport Program will be reinstated at a future date. Physical distancing requirements cannot be achieved on the bus however the City is keeping in contact with clients directly to check on their wellbeing.