COVID-19 UPDATE – Wednesday, 28 July 2021

With the announcement today by the NSW Premier of an extension of the current lockdown to 28 August 2021, and in accordance with NSW Health guidelines, Council services operating in the community remain limited.

Our facilities remain closed. This includes Hornsby Shire Libraries, Community Centres, Thornleigh Brickpit, Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres, Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre and our Customer Service Centres.

These measures are to keep our community and our staff safe during this current outbreak but we are still here for you. Please be assured that we will respond to emergency callouts. If you have any requirements of Council, please contact Customer Service on 9847 6666 and online as usual and we will respond during normal business hours.

Under these current restrictions, while we may not be able to respond face-face, we will endeavour to find a way to assist in a COVID-safe way wherever possible. Many of our services are available online, including lodgement of Development Applications, and our Duty Planning Officer is available for enquiries on 9847 6760 (8.30am-5pm).

Further information on the new restrictions is available in the NSW Premier’s media release and on the NSW Health website.

We are constantly monitoring this evolving situation and will keep you updated here and on Facebook with any changes.

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and advice of relevant state and government authorities, Council has cancelled or changed most upcoming community and civic events, programs and activities.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and community. These are unprecedented times and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please follow all Federal Government guidelines relating to social distancing and public gatherings.

Summary of changes to events

Council Events

The following events are on hold or cancelled until further notice.

  • All regular library programs and events, including Meet the Author and Mums and Bubs

Website Calendar of Events

Citizenship Ceremonies

Ceremonies are held at Hornsby Shire Council Chambers, 296 Peats Ferry Road (formerly Pacific Highway), Hornsby.

We have adopted additional precautionary safety measures, as per the Federal Government Recommendations, for the Citizenship Ceremonies e.g. social distancing, no refreshments after Ceremony, 20-25 candidates per ceremony. Everyone must sign in using the QR Code for the event.

Council’s General Meetings

Council’s General Meetings during the current COVID-19 Stay at Home Orders will proceed on the second Wednesday of each month commencing at 6.30pm.

Consistent with the messaging from the NSW Government, and in the interests of public health, the Meetings will be conducted on line.

Most Councillors and Senior Staff will be “attending” and participating in the Meetings via audio-visual links and members of the public will not be permitted to attend the Council Chambers.

Updated arrangements

Members of the public who wish to address Council about agenda or non-agenda items will be able to participate verbally in the Meeting via a ZOOM meeting link. Details about the process will be provided when you register to speak. Registrations to speak and copies of your address to Council are to be received by Council no later than 12 noon on the day of the Meeting.

Generally, a maximum of four addresses from the public are permitted on any agenda or non-agenda item – usually two addresses for and two against the recommendation, in respect of agenda items. Where more than four registrations to speak are received on an item, preference will be given to those registrations received by Council first. The General Manager will advise the meeting of any further addresses received.

A time limit of three minutes per address still applies so members of the public should ensure their addresses meet this criteria.

All written addresses will be distributed to Councillors and relevant Senior Staff prior to the Meeting to ensure that Councillors have all available information on hand to make appropriate and well-informed decisions.

The online meetings will continue to be live-streamed and viewable via the usual link: http://hornsby.webcastcloud.tv

If there are any questions in respect of the above, contact should be made with Council’s Council Meeting and Governance Officer on 9847 6836 or by emailing tcampbell@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.