Council services resume across the region

A NUMBER of council services have reopened, with additional measures in place to stop the potential spread of coronavirus.

The Swan Hill Regional Information Centre on Curlewis Street reopened on Monday, as did the library for click and collect services.

Council's Splatt Street office welcomed back customers on Wednesday.

The art gallery will open its doors today, but Pioneer Settlement will remain closed until the end of the month.

Council's services closed two months ago due the coronavirus pandemic but since resumed some services following the ease of restrictions on June 1.

Council economic development officer Teresa Lever said visitor services had taken a big hit with the COVID-19 restrictions and were "delighted" to be able to open some services prior to the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

The Swan Hill Region Information Centre has reopened for normal business hours, with restrict hours of 10am to 2pm tomorrow and Sunday.

Ms Lever said the visitor services team had already received a number of enquiries from people that are travelling and many more intending to stay over the long weekend.

"It's really important to support our local tourism industry and visitors to the region as they navigate the new landscape of holidaying in a restricted capacity," she said.

"Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that tourism would generate $104 million for the June quarter across the municipality, so there is a lot of ground to make up."

Chief executive officer John McLinden said recent easing of coronavirus restrictions meant the Splatt Street business centre could now re-open its doors to the community.

"The Splatt Street offices will now be open to the community during normal business hours, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday," Mr McLinden said.

"Additional measures are in place to help stop the potential spread of coronavirus. This includes a hand sanitiser station, protective screens at our customer service points, floor indicators to maintain social distancing protocols and signage.

There will also be a limit of 12 people in the reception foyer at a time, and the office site will also be cleaned regularly.

Mr McLinden asked customers to ensure they did not attend the Splatt Street office if they were unwell.

"If you feel ill please don't come into council. Instead you can contact us over the phone or email, or through council's website," he said.

Council manager cultural development and libraries Camille Cullinan said following the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the library would be taking several steps to reopen the library.

"To ensure the safety of our staff and book loving community we will be taking a staged approach with our reopening process," she said.

"From June 1, the library will reopen for click and collect services only."

Ms Cullinan said there were a number of ways customers can request library materials either online or over the phone.

"When items are available, an appointment will be made with them to collect items from library foyer," she said.

"Appointment times will be between 9.30 am and 5pm Monday to Friday and there will be a 15- minute gap between each appointment."

Ms Cullinan said the library would also be commencing its housebound service from June 9.

"The library housebound service will be extended to other library customers who are in the high-risk category and not currently receiving this service," she added.

"It will also be extended to customers in outlying communities who would usually access the mobile library service."

The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will re-open today.

The gallery will be open weekdays from 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm.

"Members of our art loving community will again be able to pop in and enjoy our program of inspiring exhibitions," gallery director Ian Tully said.

"I am sure they will also be impressed with improvements we have made during our close down period," he said.

Much-loved attraction Pioneer Settlement will reopen on June 25.