Information & Service Updates
Links to latest information & Council service updates
COVID-19 Testing and Latest Updates
If you experience any cold or flu-like symptoms please contact your GP or phone 1800 671 738 to arrange a test. Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest information updates and a range of resources:
• Locations of mobile testing units
• Information about current restrictions
• Business and employee support links
• Keeping yourself safe
• COVID-19 symptom checker
• Reporting non-compliance
• Frequently asked questions
• Information for older people
COVID-19 Safety Plans
If you are a business or community organisation / group recommencing operations or activities in line with the easing of restrictions, you will need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. For information about how to develop a plan and for links to useful templates click here
Need to access information in another language?
You can access COVID-19 information in other languages via the Department of Home Affairs website.
Changes to Council's services
Council has implemented changes to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We understand that some of these measures may cause inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to help keep our staff and the community safe.
Customer service office
Council’s customer service office is open for walk-in enquiries for a maximum of five (5) people at any one time. If possible, contactless payment (card, not cash) is preferred. If you do need to visit the customer service office, please use the sanitising station on your way in and maintain social distancing.
Consider if a visit to the office is essential. Our customer service staff can assist you over the phone and a range of services can be accessed via Council's website.
Service Requests - Can now be lodged online
Click here to lodge a service request online.
The conduct of Council Meetings is currently being undertaken in accordance with the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020. This has necessarily meant that public attendance at meetings has been restricted. Under these arrangements Council meetings have been undertaken remotely via online avenues.
Given the current COVID-19 circumstance in Tasmania, Council has now resumed face to face meetings at the Council Chambers in Westbury.
While COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, Council is mindful of the need to ensure community safety and compliance with regard to the number of people who may gather. This obligation is balanced with the need to minimise disruption to the business of Council. Considering this, Council has determined that limited public access to Council meetings will be permitted from the date of the next Council Meeting on 11 August 2020.
During this first phase, only individuals making representations to planning applications which are subject to statutory timeframes, will be permitted to preregister and attend the meeting for their relevant agenda item. To ensure compliance with Council’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, those intending to attend must register their interest with Council’s Customer Service Centre by phoning 6393 5300. On arrival, attendees will be required to provide their name, address and contact number to support COVID-19 tracing in the event it is necessary.
Overall numbers will be limited to four representors in the Council Chamber at once. People will be asked to leave the meeting at the conclusion of their agenda item. If more than four representors have an interest in an agenda item, people may be asked to leave the meeting room after their representation to allow others to make their representation to Council.
Council will continue to ensure minutes and audio recordings of Council meetings are available on Council’s website and will review access for other people and media in due course. These arrangements are subject to review based on any changing circumstance relating to the COVID-19 Disease Emergency.
For information on how to make online or written submissions or to ask a question on notice, click here
Waste disposal facilities
Council’s waste disposal sites are open as usual and the Deloraine tip shop has resumed operation. Please remember that social distancing rules apply at all our waste facilities, including when waiting in line, at the tip face or visiting the tip shop. Please do not linger at these facilities longer than necessary.
Playgrounds, skate parks and tennis courts
These facilities are open for use for a maximum of one person per two (2) square metres. When using these facilities, please apply social distancing (remain 1.5m from others) and continue to follow health advice.
All of Council's barbecues are now open for use. When using this facility:
• Please ensure you clean the cooking surface and all touch points before and after use
• Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and follow health advice
• No more than one person per two square metres within the space
• Remain 1.5m from others.
Council's community sporting facilities
Council's Community Sporting facilities remain closed to casual hirers.
Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre
This facility remains closed to casual hirers.
Council’s public toilets
All of Council's public toilet facilities have reopened to full capacity.
Council’s self - contained RV rest stops
Bracknell River Reserve Self-Contained RV Rest Stop - Open
Permits are required and available for purchase from the Bracknell Roadhouse, 28 Elizabeth Street, Bracknell. If using this facility remember to apply social distancing and follow health advice.
Deloraine Self-Contained RV Rest Stop - Open
Permits are required and available for purchase from the Great Western Tiers Visitor Information Centre located at 98-100 Emu bay Road, Deloraine. If using this facility remember to apply social distancing and follow health advice.
Council Depots - no public access
Council’s depots are currently closed to public access.
Great Western Tiers Visitor Information Centre
The Centre is open for walk-in enquiries for a maximum of forty (40) people at any one time. Please remember to use the sanitising station on your way in and maintain social distancing.
Bookings at halls and at leased venues
Halls under the management of committees and venues leased by Council will take bookings for groups up to a maximum density of one person per two (2) square metres. The total number of people in a venue must not exceed 250 after applying the two square metre rule.
All bookings are subject to the implementation of approved WorkSafe plans specific for each hall or venue.
Due to construction works, Council's Chambers are not in use at this time. When use of this space resumes, it will be subject to a density of one person per two (2) square metres, setting a maximum limit of 34 people based on the floor area of 69.96 square metres.
Westbury Town Hall
Casual bookings for this facility are not being taken at this time. When use of this space resumes, it will be subject to a density of one person per two (2) square metres, setting a maximum limit of 115 people based on the floor area of 231.8 square metres.
Westbury Recreation Ground Function Centre
Casual bookings for this facility are not being taken at this time. When use of this space resumes, it will be subject to a density of one person per two (2) square metres, setting a maximum limit of 81 people based on the floor area of 163.2 square metres.
Council appreciates your understanding as we continue to manage the potential spread COVID-19.