COVID-19: Welfare of employees, residents and ratepayers top priority for Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council’s top priority is the welfare of employees, residents and ratepayers.

As an organisation of more than 1200 people, council is receiving regular and updated advice from Queensland Health about the impacts of COVID-19 and how it will likely impact the community.

Council will react to that advice.

Council has already set up a specialised working group focusing on the following issues:

  • Safety and health of all employees;
  • Business continuity and how council continues to deliver essential services to the community;
  • Keeping the community informed of updates;
  • How to manage council-owned and managed events; and
  • Ways council can assist the community if COVID-19 escalates.

“At the moment it is about ensuring people remain healthy – washing their hands, being respectful of others and understanding the environment around them,” Ipswich City Council CEO David Farmer said.

“Queensland Health is the lead agency in this state and our key priority as a council is to protect employees and customers as this situation evolves. We are also intent on maintaining essential services.

“We expect more information to come from Queensland Health, and we’ll be putting the people of Ipswich at the forefront of any decisions we make.”

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