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What we are doing in response to Covid-19

Updated 30 March 2020

We would like to assure you that it is our priority to safeguard the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice in this rapidly changing environment and putting in place measures to protect our community during these challenging times.

At this stage, the public is being encouraged to stay at home unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising.

Due to current social distancing requirements, our playgrounds are closed until further notice however our Parklands and tracks remain open to ensure people can enjoy exercising outside and spending time in nature.

To ensure we can continue to keep our Parklands and tracks open we need you to follow NSW Health guidelines below.

 

See our Frequently Asked Questions.


Visitors to the Parklands

All visitors must follow NSW Health’s guidelines:

  • Do not use our playgrounds or exercise equipment until further notice.
  • Practise social distancing of 1.5 metres from other people and do not gather in groups of more than 2 people.
  • Practise cough and sneeze hygiene by covering your nose and mouth with your elbow while coughing and sneezing. Tissues should be placed in bins provided.
  • It is your responsibility to regularly wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitiser solution (minimum 60% alcohol) or wipes to protect your own health and other people’s health when using public facilities like toilets or play equipment.
  • If you have recently returned from overseas or have had close or casual contact with a person with COVID-19, please remember that you must self-isolate for 14 days. See NSW Health website for more details.

Parklands changes in response to COVID-19
  • We have increased our routine cleaning schedule across our facilities (including working to provide soap in public toilets). However, it is still your personal responsibility to practise personal hygiene, as above.
  • All picnic shelter bookings are now cancelled with a full refund. Our staff will be in contact with you.
  • All events are cancelled.
  • Weddings of more than 5 people will not go ahead.
  • School excursions will not go ahead, in line with NSW Education advice. Please contact your school directly for any advice on school excursions.
  • Sporting events will not go ahead. Please contact your sports club or organisation directly. 

 

Venue closures and changes

The following venues will be OPEN to the public until further notice:

The following venues will be CLOSED to the public until further notice:


Please check directly with the venues if you have any questions about their operating hours or services.

Parklands staff and contractors

Parklands staff are required to practise social distancing of 1.5 metres and will be keeping a close eye on visitors to our Parklands to ensure Government advice is followed.

As the Parklands is our workplace, any staff meetings of more than 2 people will adhere to the social distancing requirements.

NSW Police have declared that they will be officially monitoring and enforcing the Government protocols, supported by Parklands staff when necessary.

Parklands staff will also follow hygiene rules around handwashing and the use of hand sanitiser or wipes, and will self-isolate if they have recently returned from overseas or have come in close or casual contact with a COVID-19 positive person. 

For more information

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions or please get in contact with us via: info@wspt.nsw.gov.au 

We will continue to provide you with updates as Government and Health advice changes and will ensure that we continue to provide a quality Parklands experience for our visitors. 

Please stay safe during this time, and for key information on COVID-19 in NSW, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus 

Community Advice: https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/community-advice

Notice of track closures for tree planting in Shale Hills

Scheduled work begins this week near Shale Hills Dog Park to prepare for the planting of over 150 new trees.

Tracks around Badu Dam in West Hoxton, between Second Ave and Twenty Third Ave, will be temporarily closed from Monday (March 30).

Track closures are for visitor safety while mulching work using heavy machinery is underway. The tracks will re-open by Friday, weather permitted.

We thank you for your understanding while this important work is carried out.

Hanover Street, Cecil Hills track closure

 

The Trust advises of the closure of the Hanover Street, Cecil Hills pedestrian access to the Parklands.

 The Trust has made numerous attempts to resolve an on-going issue with night time anti-social and illegal activity at this track but the problem has proven to be intractable, impacting on the quality of life of local residents.  Following community consultation meetings with residents, NSW Police and Liverpool City Council, the Trust implemented control measures over the last three years.  Unfortunately these measures have not been effective at stopping the disturbance to local residents.  The Trust has now made the decision that the only viable strategy is to remove the stairs and the access via Hanover Street.

Cecil Hills residents can still access the M7 cycleway and Parklands from the two other nearby track entries at Kensington Close and Jaquetta Close (Rene Place) – both approximately 10minute walk from the Hanover Street entrance.   

The Trust is satisfied that on balance, the benefit of the track for the small number of genuine users was not enough to warrant the ongoing disruption of local residents’ lives. 

In 2020 the Trust is planning a refresh to the overall Parklands tracks and trails masterplan and in this process, will consider the long-term access solutions in Cecil Hills and adjacent residential areas. For more information on Western Sydney Parklands track and trails click here.  

Get Back on Track

Western Sydney Parklands is home to more than 60km of tracks and trails. Come and explore them and get back to what really matters – nature, family, friends, and fun.

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