Moree Plains Shire councillors hold extraordinary meeting to affirm council's position on coronavirus message urging residents to stay home

The extraordinary council meeting on Friday morning was attended by councillors Humphries, Ritchie, Chiu, Tramby, Cassells, Crawford and Montgomery. Photo: MPSC
The extraordinary council meeting on Friday morning was attended by councillors Humphries, Ritchie, Chiu, Tramby, Cassells, Crawford and Montgomery. Photo: MPSC

Moree Plains Shire Council has reaffirmed its position encouraging residents to stay at home and visitors to leave, during an extraordinary council meeting held on Friday morning.

At 8am on Friday, seven councillors and the general manager Lester Rodgers met in council chambers to affirm council's position on coronavirus messaging, while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Councillors affirmed the position articulated by mayor Katrina Humphries on Thursday, urging all of the shire's visitors to go home, following the closure of caravan parks and camping grounds and the Queensland border restrictions now in place.

Council also requests that all Moree Plains residents who are returning to the shire after being overseas do the right thing and look after their health and the health of all local residents by staying home and self-isolating.

Moree Plains Shire residents are also encouraged to assist local welfare agencies if they can offer any assistance or provide resources to help them during this time.

Residents are also reminded that only essential travel should be undertaken to avoid unnecessarily risking the health and wellbeing of the Moree Plains Shire community.

No public forum was convened during the extraordinary council meeting, given the need to observe indoor gathering restrictions.

A recording of this meeting will be available on council's website by close of business Friday.