Landcare Resource Centre closed to public

UPDATE 24/3/20
A huge thank you to the Lake Macquarie Landcare community for your patience and understanding during such an uncertain and challenging time.

The health and safety of residents, volunteers and employees is our top priority. For this reason, the Landcare Resource Centre will be closed to the public until further notice.

I am a Green Team or Nursery volunteer, do I still come in?

There will be no Nursery or Green Team volunteers operating from the site.

I am expecting the Green Team or LSO support day on my site, what happens?

We will reschedule those visits at a future date, either as a Landcare Support day or Green Team day.

I would like to buy plants for my garden, are plant sales still occurring?

Landcare Nursery plant sales will also be cancelled until further notice; however we are investigating whether alternative options can be put into place.

I would like to pick up plants, tools or materials for my Landcare site, can I still do this?

Call us on 4921 0392 to arrange resources for your site. We can either arrange pick up service at the Landcare Resource Centre or delivery.

I am booked into upcoming Team Leader Training, what happens now?

All Team Leader Training sessions are suspended at this point in time. We are working to deliver our Team Leader Training remotely, and will keep you updated on how this progresses. It will also present an opportunity for existing Landcarers to undertake a refresher course.

I usually pick up my green waste bags from the Landcare Resource Centre, can I still do that?

Yes, just give us a call beforehand. You can also pick up green waste bags from Council’s Administration Building, Works Depot and the Awaba Waste Management Facility.

A number of you have already informed us that you are temporarily closing down your Landcare sites while we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. We support groups who have made this decision, as we know it is not one made lightly. We will be here to help when you are ready to start up again.

We also support groups who feel comfortable that they can put measures in place to protect themselves, their families and members of the public and have made the decision to continue.  Our volunteers are very well aware of the social, mental, and physical health benefits that are inherit to Landcaring.

Contact us for information if you are trying to decide whether to continue.

The decision whether or not to hold a working bee should be based on the risks for the participants. When determining whether your group should continue to carry on Landcaring, please consider the following.

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, those most at risk of serious coronavirus infection are:

·         people with compromised immune systems (such as people who have cancer)

·         elderly people

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

·         people with chronic medical conditions

·         people in group residential settings

Please remember that although you may not fall into one of these categories, you may have family members or others you are caring for that do. It is our collective responsibility to protect those who are most vulnerable.

If you do decide to continue Landcaring, please take the following precautions into consideration when planning your working bees or meetings.

·         Ask participants to stay home if they are unwell, or have been advised to self-isolate.

·         As usual, ensure participants register and sign in and out using your Landcare Green and Blue Books so they can be contacted if required.

·         Encourage participants to wash their hands often during your event. Provide facility for hand washing with soap where possible, or hand sanitizer as an alternative.

·         Ensure good hygiene practices are in place, particularly in relation to food handling and shared equipment or workspaces.

·         Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures including maintaining 4m2 of space per person.

Visit the Health NSW website for further information, https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/protect-yourself.aspx.

Stay up to date with current advice as circumstances change, and review your activities and risk management accordingly. Visit www.health.nsw.gov.au.

Please forward this information to your group members, particularly those who do not access email regularly.

 

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