Beat the Heat Table

 

Council

Local “Beat the Heat” Initiatives

Central Coast Council
  • “Beat the Heat” focus included in early childhood centre disaster preparedness workshops.
Cessnock City Council
  • Promoting Council libraries as Community Cool Spots, including providing chilled water for patrons, and displaying “Beat the Heat” posters in these facilities
  • Social media promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages and access to “Community Cool Spots” through Facebook and Twitter
  • Directly e-mailing all Council staff about managing heat stress in the workplace.
Dungog Shire Council and Dungog Community Centre
  • Dungog Community Centre has been working with local communities,  businesses and clubs across the Shire to identify suitable locations to provide “Community Cool Spots” during heatwaves
  • Social media campaign through Facebook promoting local “Community Cool Spots”, Alert NSW and NSW “Beat the Heat”  websites
  • Regional “Beat the Heat – Are you Drinking Enough” posters placed in Council trucks and machinery.
Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Social media promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Facebook
  • Inclusion of “Beat the Heat” story on Council’s website and inclusion of “Beat the Heat” banner on Council’s homepage
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council’s Community Services Interagency Network
  • Communication to staff about managing heat stress in the workplace through email and factsheets, an intranet story, and display on Depot televisions of SafeWork NSWs  “Working in Hot Conditions” video clip
  • Purchase and supply of cold bottled water to bulk waste collection and Awaba Waste Management Facility staff, and implementation of a modified work/rest arrangement as required
  • Commenced program to provide appropriate air conditioning and refrigeration in work site caravans.
Maitland City Council
  • Regional “Beat the Heat” posters and flyers distributed for display in all Council Libraries, Art Gallery and Community Centres.
  • Communication to staff about managing heat stress in the workplace, focusing on  keeping hydrated, early signs of heats stress, and first  aid treatment. Methods included toolbox talks for outdoor staff, e-mails and distribution of the regional “Beat the Heat – Are You Drinking Enough?” poster.
Mid Coast Council
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council’s Community Services Interagency Network and Local Health Network
  • Council libraries promoted as “Community Cool Spots” during normal opening hours
  • Delivery of “Beat the Heat” education sessions for Ageing & Disability staff and Disability Interagency Network representatives
  • Distribution of regional “Beat the Heat” printed communication resources through Community Service Network (interagency), Forster Health Committee, Ageing & Disability Services and Disability Interagency Network
Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council’s Community Services Interagency Network
  • Regional “Beat the Heat – Are You Drinking Enough” poster displayed on toilet doors in the majority of council facilities
  • Muswellbrook Library promoted as a “Community Cool Spot” through poster displays in that facility.
Newcastle City Council
  • Promoting Council libraries as “Community Cool Spots”, including providing water for patrons, and promoting  “Beat the Heat” information and  materials to the broader local government library network across the region
  • Social media promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages via Twitter and Facebook
  • Extended pool hours where demand existed
  • Extended beach patrol hours until 7.30pm
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council’s Community Services Interagency Network
  • “Beat the Heat” information and  materials provided to Council’s Leadership Group for distribution to all staff
  • Regional “Beat the Heat – Are You Drinking Enough” poster adapted to a large magnet and placed on Council trucks and machinery, as well as placed in key locations
  • Distribution of “Beat the Heat” printed information and materials to outdoor work crews for providing to the community during any interactions
Singleton Council
  • Distribution of regional “Beat the Heat” communication materials to all local hotels and clubs, GP clinics, pharmacies, child care centres and nursing homes
  • Promotion of local shopping centres, libraries and Visitor Information Centres as “Community Cool Spots”
  • Social media promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages via Twitter and Facebook and on Council’s webpage
  • Inclusion of “Beat the Heat” news story in “Up Country Entertainer”
  • “Beat the Heat” messages seasonally promoted through Council corporate e-mail signature, and daily during heatwave conditions
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Singleton Show, Broke Fair and Seniors Week 2016, and to community organisations and networks including Singleton Heights Centre Zumba Class, Singleton Welcoming Committee, Friendship Group, University of the Third Age (U3A), Broke Hall, Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation and Whitmore Enterprises and Challenge Disability Services
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council’s Community Services Interagency Network and Disability Advisory Group.
  • “Beat the Heat” messages and materials incorporated into pilot schools program
  • Distribution of “Beat the Heat” regional communication resources through Council facilities and depots, including the “Beat the Heat – Are You Drinking Enough” poster displayed in bathrooms.
Port Stephens Council
  • Extended pool opening hours and provided additional evening life guard and volunteer life savers at patrolled beaches during the 10-12 February heatwave
  • Promotion of “Beat the Heat” messages through Council social media posts and on Council’s website.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
  • Council successfully advocated on behalf of its communities for Ausgrid and Essential Energy to cancel planned disruptions of power during the 10–12 February 2017 heatwave
  • Development and distribution of a magnet and information flyers on coping with the heat through Council libraries
  • Ensured Council’s Aged Hostel and Aged accommodation residents had plans in place for coping with the 10-12 February 2017 heatwave
  • Extended opening hours for Council pools
  • Promoted via media release, strategies for keeping cool during extreme heat conditions.