26 September 2023

City Services impounded as crisis spreads

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The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS) has announced a raft of closures as part of the new COVID-19 temporary shutdown of non-essential services in the ACT.

In a statement, the Directorate said Libraries ACT would close all nine branches, the ACT Heritage Library and its home library service as from yesterday (25 March).

It said Canberra Cemeteries had closed its head office, while Gungahlin, Woden and Hall cemeteries and Norwood Park crematorium would remain open for visitors who complied with social distancing requirements.

It also announced that the Domestic Animal Services (DAS) shelter in Symonston was now closed to the public, saying shelter staff would continue to care for animals in DAS care and allow residents to collect impounded pets.

TCCS said DAS rangers would continue to respond to call-outs to ensure community safety.

It said the Yarralumla Nursery, including the Plant Issue Scheme and wholesale sales, were now closed until further notice along with Birrigai Outdoor School.

It said it was working closely with contractors, suppliers and industry partners to mitigate delays to its infrastructure program over the coming months.

“This is an active and ongoing conversation, particularly in light of the social distancing requirements recently enforced,” TCCS said.

“Any changes to project timeframes will be communicated with the public once known.”

It said waste and recycling collection services remained in place but would start earlier to reduce the risk of transmission between collection staff.

The ACT’s waste and recycling drop-off facilities are to continue to operate as normal but would not be accepting cash payments.

TCCS invited Canberrans wanting more information about service changes to visit its website, which can be accessed at this PS News link.

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