Strathbogie Shire Council

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Coronavirus information

Accessing property to undertake fire and flood preparedness

Council is receiving a significant number of requests from residents in metropolitan Melbourne wishing to access their properties in our Shire to undertake essential fire, flood and other hazard preparedness.

We are encouraging non-resident landowners to use local contractors to undertake mowing, slashing and property clean ups wherever possible and a list of people can be found below. This will be constantly updated so we encourage you to continue visiting this page. 

Slashing Contractors

Name

Location

Phone

Email

D J Mackrell (Doug Mackrell)

Euroa

0428 953 325

 

Revegetation Victoria P/L (Rob Gorman)

Seymour

0414 401 515

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Not Just Mowing (Doug Edney)

Benalla

0410 550 773

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Conway Property Maintenance (Glen Conway)

Violet Town

0402 281 372

 

 

We are now working on a process to manage these applications as quickly as we can. We expect to have information available here – on our website - early next week.

In the meantime, we ask all those seeking permission to visit our Shire to please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining:

  • Your contact details,
  • Your property address,
  • Who will be visiting the property
  • An outline on the prevention works required, and
  • How long you will be on site.

We thank you for working with us. The COVID-19 response means constant change and we're working hard to make sure we're as responsive as possible.

Shepparton confirmed cases – as at 16 October 2020

As many have seen in the news, there is currently several positive cases of coronavirus (COVID)-19 in Shepparton. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued advice confirmed this outbreak in Shepparton.
For more information visit the DHHS https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Shepparton

Three positive cases have been identified in Shepparton recently. These are linked to the Chadstone outbreak.
The high-risk locations in Shepparton are:

  • Central Tyre Service, Welsford Street Shepparton from Wednesday 30 September 2020 to Tuesday 13 October 2020.
  • Bunnings Warehouse, Midland Highway Shepparton Friday 2 October 2020.
  • McDonalds Shepparton North, 175 Midland Highway Shepparton Saturday 3 October 2020.
  • Mooroopna Golf Club Members Bar, Sunday 4 October and Pro Shop and Members Bar Sunday 11 October.
  • Shepparton Market Place Medical Centre, Midland Highway Shepparton Thursday 8 October 2020.
  • Lemon Tree Café, Fryers Street Shepparton.
  • Thai Orchid Restaurant, Nixon Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
  • Bombshell Hairdressing, Fryers Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am.

If you visited one of these sites, you are considered a close contact and need to be tested and quarantine – including members of your household.

Please call the GV Health hotline on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm for further instructions on where testing sites in the region are located.

Contact tracing has already begun and will continue by Goulburn Valley Health. Further high-risk locations may be added.

For more information visit the DHHS https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

Free facemasks for community

The Strathbogie Shire has been allocated a quantity of cloth masks by the Department of Health and Human Services. They are now available in all Shire townships at the chemist or pharmacy and post offices.

It is noted that wearing a face covering helps keep us all safe as it is known that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread from close contact with a person with coronavirus.

According to DHHS face coverings help stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has coronavirus but feels well.

With more people moving across our city and regional areas the public health team have advised the rules around wearing a mask needed to be strengthened. So masks must cover the nose and mouth and it is no longer permissible to wear a scarf or a bandana or a clear face shield.

A face mask must be worn when leaving your home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. This mask must cover both your nose and mouth. See the DHHS website for washing instructions.

The health and safety of our residents is critical, and you can find the free masks at your local chemist or pharmacy and post office. If you are unable to procure masks there please phone the Shire office on 1800 065 993.

For further information: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19

Regional Victoria – The Third Step as per Victorian Government website

Changes apply from 11.59pm Wednesday 16 September 2020.

What does this mean for residents and businesses in the Strathbogie Shire? Council will continue to do all we can to support the Victorian Government's work to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

Please stay safe and wear a mask outside of your home or at your workplace as directed.

Reasons to leave your home

There are no restrictions for reasons to leave the house, except where travelling through restricted area. Face covering and gathering restrictions still apply.

Intrastate travel is allowed within regional Victoria.
Cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for obtaining necessary goods or services, care or compassionate reasons, work or study.

Work and study

Work from home if you can.
Adult education students - learn from home if you can.
Primary and secondary students - no change until Term 4.
From 5 October:
• Specialist schools will continue on-site learning.
• VCE and VCAL students (including Year 10 students in VCE) can attend onsite for General Achievement Test and essential assessment.
• Primary school students staggered return to on-site learning.
From 12 October all secondary school students staggered return to on-site learning

Gatherings of people

Home: household bubble with one nominated household:
• Up to 5 visitors at a time, infants under 12 months not included in cap
• Households can only be in one bubble at a time, bubble cannot cross metro and regional areas
• Face coverings are not required to be worn in Third Step due to lower transmission risk in community
Public places: up to 10 people outdoors, infants under 12 months not included in cap, inclusive of households.

Sport and recreation

Outdoor physical recreation: Up to 10 people in any group, inclusive of households
Community sport:
• Outdoor contact and non-contact sport: allowed for people 18 and under. Spectators only permissible for supervising of children or for necessary support to players with additional needs.
• Outdoor non-contact sport: allowed for adults. Non-contact means participants must be able to maintain distance of 1.5m.
Personal training: outdoors, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
Outdoor swimming pools: Cap increases to the density quotient of the pool itself or 50 per pool, whichever is smaller, other than for exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes, or exclusive use for community sport
Skateparks: open, outdoors only
Fitness or dance classes (including classes associated with gyms)
• Open for outdoor classes, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
• Indoors: open but heavily restricted
Closed for indoor operations but can conduct classes outdoors with no shared equipment. Open for recording and broadcast permitted only with minimum number of people required to conduct the recording/streaming, up to 5 people

Community facilities

Libraries and toy libraries: only open to facilitate collection and return of books/toys or home delivery. Outdoor activities permitted for up to 10 people plus the person required to conduct the activity.
Community venues: closed except for
• Hosting an essential public support service
• Hosting an essential support group
• Hosting a wedding or funeral
• Providing an exclusive venue for a single school at any one time for educational purposes plus: outdoor activities permitted for up to 10 people plus the person required to conduct the activity.

Hospitality

Food and drink facilities open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink):
• Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups (both within the venue and between patrons at adjacent venues)
• Must use reasonable endeavours to determine that customer resides outside of Metropolitan Melbourne.
For indoor space: Open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements 1 per 4m2.
For outdoor space: Open with cap of 50 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density requirements of 1 per 2m2
Outdoor areas may include the following places: a balcony or veranda, courtyard, rooftop, marquee, street or footpath, any similar outdoor area.
Pop ups: Should temporary new permits or licences be sought for pop up hospitality venues, a cap of 50 patrons subject to the density quotient will apply.
Food courts: remain open for takeaway and delivery only

Shopping, retail and personal services

Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services: open, with requirement that only services where the client can wear a face covering for the duration of the service or procedure are permitted (e.g. hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, body waxing, tattooing).
Market stalls: open.
Auction houses: open.
Real estate auctions: permitted outdoors, limited to 10 members of the public, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
Real estate inspections: by private appointment only and in accordance with public gathering limit or 10 people

Entertainment

Indoor venues: closed.
Non-seated outdoor spaces including zoos or live museums (excluding events):
• indoor spaces closed; outdoor spaces open with density quotient of 1 per 4m2
• Seated outdoor spaces (fixed or allocated seating):
• Indoor spaces closed with exceptions for broadcasting and professional sport.
• Outdoor spaces open:
• Maximum 10 people per group, groups must be 1.5m apart from each other and seated.
• If fixed seating: patron cap of 50 people or 25% of the venue's fixed seat capacity, whichever is lower
• If no fixed seating but allocated seated spaces/zones: density quotient and maximum of 50 patrons
• Drive-in cinemas: outdoor space open, no seating outside vehicles permitted.
• Arenas and stadiums: can operate for exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes.
• Retail betting venue: If wholly contained within a licensed premise: open for purchase of bet but seated hospitality service only, consistent with indoor hospitality requirements. If not wholly contained within a licensed premise: open consistent with requirements on open retail
• Events: will be considered on case by case basis

Ceremonies and religious gatherings

Religious ceremonies: not allowed; 5 people can attend a place of worship to conduct a ceremony being broadcast
• Private worship: allowed for households or household bubbles, plus a faith leader
• Outdoor religious gatherings (not ceremonies): up to 10 people, plus 1 faith leader
• Weddings: up to 10 people (including couple and two witnesses), plus celebrant
• Funerals: up to 20 people, plus infants under 12 months and people to conduct funeral
• If weddings or funerals are held at private residence, private gathering restrictions apply, including the household bubble

Accommodation

Open, but each group booking is restricted to:
• Only members of a single household; OR
• Only intimate partners; OR
• Only members of a single household and a maximum of 5 members of another household part of the nominated 'household bubble'; AND
• Only people living in regional Victoria; AND
• Members of separately booked groups do not share bedrooms at the facility.

Tourism (tours and transport)

Indoor spaces: closed.
Outdoor spaces: open, but each group restricted to up 10 members of the public, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour.

For further information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest advice.

 

Please stay safe

Council will continue to do all we can to support the Victorian Government's work to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep our community safe.

We urge people to protect themselves and others. To do this you must:

  • Wear a mask or face covering when outside of home
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5m away from others
  • Understand the risk and symptoms
  • Help continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested, even if you have mild symptoms
  • Stay home and avoid contact if you're feeling unwell
  • Take care wherever you go, assume others may be carrying the virus.

Anyone with health concerns can phone the Victorian Government's coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest advice.

Getting tested

We encourage anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get tested immediately. Pop-up testing clinics are changing regularly so visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest advice.

If there are no clinics listed near you, contact your doctor for help. Please make sure you phone ahead to discuss your symptoms before you visit in person.

Alternatively, Benalla Health has established a fever clinic in the health service grounds for testing. For more information see their website. There are also clinics in Shepparton and Seymour and more information is on the department's website.

Symptoms

The symptoms to watch for are:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

Healthy Ageing

A new publication aimed at helping older residents stay active and connected within COVID-19 restrictions is now available throughout the municipality.

The September 2020 issue of Healthy Ageing: Staying connected during COVID-19 is now available here.

Relief for ratepayers and local businesses

Strathbogie Shire Council has introduced measures designed to assist ratepayers and business owners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiatives are:

  • No overdue/outstanding interest to be added to assessments for the period from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.
  • No business registration fees for the 2020/21 financial year to become a registered premise, which includes food business, hairdressers, etc.

For more information read our fact sheet here.

State and Federal Government initiatives to support businesses

To access available business support offers click here to see a list of State and Federal Government initiatives to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch updates from our Mayor

Council Services available under Stage 3 restrictions

A quick reference point for anyone wishing to access Council services can be found on this webpage. It is updated as restrictions change so we encourage you to continue to monitor it.

 

RE3 COVID Community Recovery Plan

 

You can also download a PDF version here.

Information in other languages

SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal is a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language. SBS is committed to informing all Australians about the latest coronavirus developments and information is available in 63 languages.

 



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