Camden Council postpones major events throughout March and April

Camden Council is taking a number of actions to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading - including the postponement of regular community events and activities.

The council has postponed events through to the end of April, including the Seniors Festival, Camden Cultures, the opening of the Spring Farm Community Centre, the International Day of Mourning event and the opening of the Oran Park water play space which was to be paired with Bounce Town.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the council's first priority was the safety and health of residents, staff and visitors.

"It's incredibly disappointing that we're having to make these adjustments," Cr Fedeli said.

"These events and regular programs are resident favourites and so loved throughout the community and our staff have worked incredibly hard to deliver them.

"But when I think about how many people in the community that have the potential to be affected by not taking action now, I know postponing or cancelling them is 100 per cent the right decision."

The opening of the Oran Park water play space was expected to open in February.

However safety concerns due to construction work delays forced the opening to be moved to April.

The event has now been postponed again to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in line with government regulations.

"Council has a responsibility to our residents to take precautionary measures," Cr Fedeli said.

"The absolute number one priority is to protect our community and staff, particularly around large gatherings and events.

"We will be assessing other upcoming events, as well as our regular program of activities, on a weekly basis. If they, too, need to be postponed, we will make those calls.

"For now, I'd like to thank the community for their understanding and implore our residents to follow advice given by NSW Health."

The council is also cancelling its Bushcare program; and planned activities at Camden, Narellan and Oran Park Libraries until Sunday, April 5.

The Narellan and Camden offsite Customer Service Hubs, which are located in Narellan and Camden Libraries respectively, will also be closed temporarily.

The council has also cancelled its ordinary meeting scheduled for next week.

In line with advice from NSW Health, the ouncil is asking residents and visitors to:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell;
  • Self-isolate for 14 days if you have returned from overseas; and
  • Practice simple hygiene by:
    • Cleaning your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub; and
    • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  • Cleaning your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub; and
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  • Cleaning your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub; and
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.

Camden council is also appealing to local community groups, who are scheduled to run events on council-owned land during this period, to either cancel or postpone to when the situation has improved.

Residents are reminded that NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard made an order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force the immediate cancellation of major events with more than 500 people in attndance.

Individuals who fail to comply could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both, plus additional penalties for each day the offence continues. Corporations face even harsher fines.

For more information, including a full list of library activities cancelled, visit camden.nsw.gov.au or call 4654 7777.