Statement regarding travelling contractors

Horsham Rural City Council has moved to assure the community it is taking appropriate COVID-19 precautions with the use of contractors from outside the region.

HRCC sometimes uses non-local contractors to complete projects where necessary. From next week three travelling personnel will carry out works at the Selkirk Drive depot.

None of the contractors are from metropolitan Melbourne. However one resides in Geelong, which was subject to heightened Coronavirus restrictions on Thursday.

Council is applying rigorous action when it comes to COVID-19 and has gone to significant lengths to ensure its contractors have a suitable Occupational Health and Safety plan which addresses Coronavirus requirements.

Relevant aspects of this include:

  • Pre-arrival arrangements, including no staff will attend if they have been in contact with COVID-19 infected people in the previous 14 days
  • Daily temperature checking
  • Segregation of contractor and Council staff at the depot
  • Outside hours, the contractor team will be in self-contained housing and bring pre-purchased food and supplies

Further, Council is not in a position to ban travel for work purposes, as the Victorian Government has specifically allowed this.