Clarence City Council would like to thank all volunteers for their patience and compliance with our recommendation that on-ground and face-to-face activities be postponed for the time being.

COVID-19 restrictions are now being relaxed in Tasmania with a gradual return to near normal life.

Council is pleased to advise that on-ground landcare and coastcare activities on council land will be able to restart from Monday, 15 June 2020, subject to conditions outlined.

In accordance with new work health and safety regulations, groups will be required to abide by Clarence City Council’s COVID-19 Ready Safety Plan.

This plan applies to all work undertaken by our volunteer groups. It outlines strategies for the safe return to functions and environments in the current situation.

For example, social distancing rules will apply and, most importantly, you must not attend Working Bees if you are unwell, including if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms. There are also restrictions that remain in place regarding vulnerable people that may apply to you.

Prior to the resumption of activities, we will require groups to meet with council’s work health and safety staff or our Natural Areas Volunteer Coordinator to go through the COVID-19 Ready Safety Plan and ensure you understand how the plan impacts your activities.

Council will also recommence support for groups from this date.

This will include staff support, as well as insurance cover for Working Bees on council land. This means that for groups, Chris Johns – the Natural Areas Volunteer Coordinator – will be able to attend working bees from Monday, 15 June 2020.

Community involvement is essential to achieving the protection and conservation of natural and cultural heritage in Clarence, and more broadly, Tasmania. Clarence City Council is pleased to continue to support groups with their on-ground works.