The City of Ballarat has radically changed its work practices at its Ring Road depot site due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Depot-based teams, including roads, footpath and drainage maintenance crews, waste collection staff, and parks and gardens staff, are now operating on modified duties and temporary satellite depot sites have been set up to ensure social distancing measures can be achieved.
A comprehensive COVID-19 workplace and hygiene induction for all teams has also been carried out, which involved more than 200 staff.
A skeleton staff remained at the depot to carry out essential services while the COVID-19 work practices were being put in place, with the rest of the teams taking 10 days of special leave.
City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley said it was essential to provide a safe workplace during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Council always has the health and welfare of its workforce as an absolute priority,” Ms Linley said.
“We believe we are now bringing the depot teams back into a safe work environment and all teams are very keen to get back to delivering quality services to our municipality.
“You will notice some changes in that our outdoor and waste collection staff are now operating solo and using social distancing if they come in contact with the public.
“Please keep this in mind if you see one of our team members as they are working not only to keep up the City’s maintenance needs but also your safety.”