A lot has changed for all of us over the last three months.
Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, the Elected Members and staff of PAE have been working to ensure we can minimise risk, keep our residents safe and take care of the most vulnerable people in our community. Led by our COVID-19 Incident Leadership Team, we have been monitoring the status of the pandemic, and responding appropriately to help play our part in ensuring community safety.
We take advice on all public health matters from the State and Federal health departments and comply with restrictions and recommendations announced by the national cabinet of the Prime Minister and South Australia’s Premier. We have also adopted our own precautionary measures
to protect members of the community, our volunteers and our staff.
The pandemic has had an impact on the programs and services we can provide to the community, but we are committed to continuing to operate as many services as possible while keeping people safe.
• Services to our most vulnerable community members.
• Online programs through our libraries, community centres and recreational facilities.
• Click & Collect at our Libraries and continuing our home library service
• Provision of Council customer service through our phones and website
• Continuing to assess planning and building applications
We are continuing to provide essential services like waste collection, community safety services, public health services and environmental care. Plus, we have also put in place additional services and support in many of our teams. We’ve also been so impressed to hear how you, your groups and businesses have adapted your lifestyles, behaviours and ways of working to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The situation around restrictions is changing daily. This information is correct at the time of the print edition release, and we regularly update our website, and create social media posts relating to the services we are providing. We look forward to reopening our facilities and recommencing our community programs as soon as we are able.
Our Incident Leadership Team, the Elected Members and all of the staff have been planning for our recovery. Part of this forward planning has been captured in our Annual Business Plan for 2020-2021, and we invite you to have a say on what has been proposed.
Although we come from diverse backgrounds, the people of PAE have always demonstrated a real commitment to looking out for and supporting each other, and this level of community connection will hold us in good stead once the pandemic is over.