Moree Plains Shire Council's next council and committee meetings have been cancelled, following the federal government's latest social distancing shutdown measures.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced tighter social gathering restrictions on Tuesday night, with further shutdowns to prevent groups of people congregating together.
To ensure compliance with these social distancing requirements, Moree's council and committee meetings, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, are cancelled and the business proposed to be determined has been deferred.
This week, NSW councils have been working with the Office of Local Government in relation to meeting arrangements to ensure that essential services continue to be delivered during these challenging times.
On Tuesday night, NSW Parliament passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 including amendments to the Local Government Act to allow councils to hold official meetings electronically instead of physically.
As such, extraordinary meetings of Moree Plains Shire Council are now capable of taking place remotely.
This means that urgent business will be able to be dealt with and recording of any such meeting will be available through council's website.
Council's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, following the impending Easter break.