Moree Plains Shire Council reopens public areas and council services as restrictions ease

Spilsbury Park reopened to the public this week.
Spilsbury Park reopened to the public this week.

Moree Plains residents will now be able to enjoy the use of a majority of the shire's parks and ovals as more public places reopened this week.

Spilsbury Park and Jacaranda Park both reopened to the public on Monday, while the playgrounds in Ashley, Biniguy, Boggabilla, Boomi, Garah, Gurley, Mungindi, Pallamallawa and Weemelah opened back up on Tuesday.

Boughton Oval and Ron Harborne Oval are open to personal training sessions and group fitness classes upon booking with Moree Plains Shire Council.

Council is also working with sporting groups who wish to resume training. Please contact council's engineering services for requirements regarding bookings for training purposes on these ovals on 6757 3222.

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Public toilets across the shire are also now open, including the facilities in Balo Street, Jellicoe Park (Warialda Street), Webb Avenue, Kirkby Park, Apex Park, Mungindi and Garah.

Moree Skate Park, Kirkby Park (Rocket Park), the outdoor gymn equipment, Apex Park and Mungindi Playground have been open since the end of May.

Members of the public are urged to exercise caution when using facilities and to continue to adhere to social distancing requirements and restrictions on outdoor gatherings of 20 people or less.

There will be an increased cleaning of equipment at all parks.

As a result, people are advised to take care when using the equipment after spraying has occurred; in the cooler months, certain pieces of equipment may still be slightly wet and slippery until it dries out in the morning sun.

The Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, Moree Community Library and Moree Customer Service Centre are also now open to the public.

The Library reopened on June 9 under restricted business hours to members only. It is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm, with a limit of 10 patrons permitted in the building at any time.

Members must register their attendance at the front counter upon entry. Access is restricted to the ground floor only.

A limited number of PCs will be available for 30 minute bookings per member per day and returns are subject to a quarantine period of at least 24 hours.

Members are encouraged to use the self-service kiosk to borrow items and renew their loans and to continue to use the external chute for all return items.

The call and collect and home delivery service will continue to operate. Increased cleaning will be conducted by professional cleaners at the library.

The Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre is now open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with a limit of 10 patrons in the building at any time. All visitors must register their attendance providing their phone number and name upon entry for the purposes of contact tracing.

Visitors should follow the arrows that direct the flow through the exhibitions, floor markings and signage have been installed to help visitors maintain safe distances.

The Dhiiyaan library, archive and study room will remain closed to the public. Any documents requested from the archive room will be retrieved by staff only. Staff require five days' notice to retrieve materials to allow time to research.

PCs are available to use for 30 minute bookings; sessions will commence from 10am with entry to the final session at 4pm. Groups of 10 will be by appointment only.

Meanwhile, Council's Customer Service Centre at the Max Centre is open for face-to-face transactions by appointment. To book a time to visit the Customer Service Centre please call (02) 6757 3222. Walk-in customers are asked to call Customer Service prior to entering level two to ensure the permitted number of patrons is not exceeded.

Customers are still encouraged to contact Customer Service to make payments or address enquiries over the phone or by email. Please email council@mpsc.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6757 3222.