Council meeting: The March ordinary meeting of council is on Wednesday, March 25 at the Bungendore Council Chambers, starting at 5.30pm. Items on the agenda include the tender for the second stage of upgrades at the Bicentennial Hall, a number of applications for assistance under council's Cultural Arts Assistance Scheme, harmonisation of a number of council policies and information reports on maintenance grading and gravel resheeting, the local government general election 2020, a summary of the impacts of COVID-19 on council operations and more. The full agenda is available on council's website. In light of COVID-19, council is making provisions for the online submission of presentations to council, so that presenters do not need to attend meetings if they don't want to. We will be adjusting the layout of the Council Chambers to allow social distancing, installing a monitor in the foyer so that the public gallery can be extended and sanitising microphones as required. The meeting will be livestreamed at webcast.qprc.nsw.gov.au
COVID-19: Council is not involved in the delivery of health care services and is not in the position to offer health advice. We encourage everyone to stay up to date with the advice about COVID-19 from the health departments of the Australian and NSW governments. Council is following the advice of the government and this means there is some impact on council services and events. We are updating our website with impacts to council services. Our libraries remain open and have made changes to a number of their services to maintain safety and improve online and home services. New members are welcome at the library and you can join simply by emailing the library. The library has also extended loans to eight weeks and has a wide range of online resources which you can access from home, including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. Go to library.qprc.nsw.gov.au
Playground upgrades: There will be upgrades to the playground equipment at Ernie Beaver Park in Queanbeyan West and at Esmond Avenue Reserve in Jerrabomberra. There will be construction fencing in place and the playground at Ernie Beaver Park will be closed to the public for approximately two weeks. Esmond Avenue Reserve will be upgraded once that work is complete. While the upgrades will have different equipment in each park, both include some great climbing frames and active balance activities. We've also recently completed some shade sail installs at Moore Park, Ray Morton Park and Sister City Park in Queanbeyan.