Stay local, protect others

Kingborough Council has taken protective measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This includes the closure of Council playgrounds, skate parks, exercise pods and mountain bike parks as required by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

“We have a duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and our staff by taking all necessary actions to slow the spread of the virus.” Cr Dean Winter said.

“However, you can still visit Council-managed parks, recreation areas and bushland reserves for exercise and fresh air. Being cooped up inside can be bad for our mental and physical health.

“Council manages a variety of parks and natural areas throughout the municipality. There are tracks and trails to suit every need and ability. The current advice to stay local when exercising presents a great opportunity to explore a track or reserve near your home.

“Do you like to jog on the sand, which is easier on the knees, or wander along through the waves and check out nature at a slower pace?  Our stunning coastline remains accessible in many places.

“To avoid confusion, we have highlighted the areas that remain open at this time on our website, so you can check where you can continue to exercise at your own pace in your local areas.

“Community green spaces have perhaps never mattered more for our health and wellbeing in this time of staying at home. Whist we aren’t encouraging you to linger in these places as we normally would, a walk through the bush is easily done while maintaining those vital social distancing measures.

“If you like to wander by the water, try a walk down to North West Bay River starting at the Sandfly Oval, or the riverside track at Snug.

“Perhaps you like to look down through the trees to the landscape below, try a walk along the Tinderbox Hills track from Estuary Drive or the Alum Cliffs track from Kingston Beach or Taroona.

“Just make sure you are exercising locally in your area and please, remember to keep your distance from others (1.5 metres) and practice good hygiene by washing your hands.

“We also ask that you do not visit our open spaces if you don’t feel physically well, to make sure we are protecting the health and well-being of our whole community.”

For more information visit our Tracks and Trails webpage.