Strathbogie Shire Council

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Coronavirus information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Strathbogie Shire

 

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With growing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria, the Victorian Government is taking further steps to keep our communities safe.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, 5 August regional Victoria (which includes Strathbogie Shire) will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions.

That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out:  shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home.

Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions.

We encourage you to read Premier Daniel Andrew's statement here and we will continue to update our website to reflect ongoing changes to restrictions.

From 11.59pm on Sunday, 2 August Strathbogie Shire residents will need to wear a face covering when we leave home, unless we have a lawful exception.

Different restrictions continue to will be applied to regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne

From 6pm on Sunday, 2 August, Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people – and limit the spread of this virus across the city.

This includes a curfew – from 8pm to 5am. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.

Read the Premier Daniel Andrew's statement on changes to Melbourne restrictions here

For the latest updates see the Department of Health and Human Services website.

 

Restrictions in Strathbogie Shire?

From Wednesday, August 5 Strathbogie Shire strict Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.

From 11.59pm on Sunday, 2 August we are required to wear a face covering when we leave home, unless we have a lawful exception.

You can find information about restrictions that apply to us in this section of the Department of Health and Human Services website.

You can read the advice about face coverings on the department's website

What does our current level of restrictions mean?

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, 5 August regional Victoria (which includes Strathbogie Shire) will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions.

That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out: shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home.

Until this time the following restrictions apply. 

We can continue to welcome up to five visitors to our homes (in addition to the normal residents) from outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

We can organise public gatherings of up to 10 people in a public space.

Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses may provide dine-in services with up to 20 seated patrons per enclosed space (from outside metropolitan Melbourne and Michell Shire).

You can find detailed information about restriction outside or metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in this section of the Department of Health and Human Services website.

For further information on all Council services please see the table at the bottom of this page.

 

What does it mean for people who live in Mitchell Shire, but travel to Strathbogie Shire to work, shop or for children to go to school?

People who live in Mitchell Shire can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, outdoor exercise and recreation, medical care and caregiving, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

If they enter Strathbogie to do any of these things they must follow the advice for face coverings.

 

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:

  • 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 to watch for

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
 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:

  • An extension of the due date of the fourth Rate Instalment on property rates to 30 June 2020 (instead of 31 May 2020).
  • No overdue/outstanding interest to be added to assessments for the period from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.
  • The refund of any previously paid business registration fees for this 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

The table below is a quick reference point for anyone wishing to access Council services. It is updated as restrictions change (we encourage you to continue watching this page - it will be updated to reflect Strathbogie Shire returning to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions at 11.59pm on Wednesday, August 5).

 

Facility               

Status

Building and planning applications

Proceeding.

Capital works

Proceeding.

Community funding programs

On hold.

Council meetings

Council meetings are proceeding and will be streamed live via our website.

Customer service centres

The centres are reopening on June 1, with social distancing applying. Of course we will still welcome phone, email and facebook inquiries.

Euroa Community Cinema

Closed.

Immunisations

By appointment only.

Kerbside waste and recycling services

Occurring as normal.

Libraries

Libraries are open with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space at any one time. We must ensure the four square metre rule applies.

Maternal and Child Health Services

By appointment only. See below for further details.

Playgrounds

All public playgrounds are open.

Public toilets

Open. 

Transfer stations

Open.

Road works

Proceeding.

Saleyards

Open but general public not permitted. Buyers and key personnel only. 

Sporting Activities

Groups of 20 people can participate in training at any one time. More detail on this can be found below.

Transfer stations

Open.

Visitor information centres

Euroa Hub is currently closed to the public.
Nagambie is open.

Waterways

All boat ramps and access points to Lake Nagambie and surrounding waterways are open.

Youth services

Changes can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-events The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is on hold. Find out more at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/l2p-learner-driver-program

 

What are we doing differently?

Community grants:

We have postponed our community grants and sponsorship programs until further notice and are investigating how this funding may be repurposed to assist post COVID-19 initiatives.

Community meetings:

We have written to all community groups who meet on Council premises advising to them to postpone or cancel non-essential meetings and events until further notice.

Council meetings:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Council meetings are livestreamed and can be viewed on our website. 

The agenda for each month's meeting is available on Council’s website prior to the meeting.

We encourage all community members to watch the meeting online, given we have had to close the public gallery until further notice following legal advice around how to comply with COVID-19 social distancing rules.

Questions for the Ordinary Council Meeting can still be submitted, and will be read out by the Mayor during the Public Question Time component of the meeting, and responded to in the usual way by Councillors and/or Officers. Questions should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by noon the day of the meeting.

People wishing to make submissions for items on the Planning Committee Agenda may do so by:
• submitting a further written statement, which will be read by the Chair
• requesting to make their submission via telephone
• making their presentation via a pre-recorded video that is sent to Council prior to the meeting.

The Planning Department will be in touch with relevant parties prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Customer service: 

Our Customer Service Centres at Euroa and Nagambie are providing limited, appointment only service where you cannot undertake your business with us either over the phone or online. 

Please contact Customer Service on 1800 065 993 if you have no option but to attend one of our service centres to make an appointment. 

One of our staff will meet you at the door at the agreed time. 

We ask that you comply with all requirements around wearing a mask, using the hand sanitiser as you enter the building and observe social distancing.

Euroa Community Cinema:

The cinemas will be closed until further notice. 

Immunisations:

Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. This applies to all scheduled Council Immunisation Sessions in Strathbogie Shire.

If you or your child requires vaccination at one of Council’s immunisation sessions, please contact Wodonga Council, which is the service provider for Strathbogie Shire, to make an appointment on 1800 655 360. We will endeavour to accommodate everyone with an appointment. Please note that only one parent/guardian should accompany a child into the immunisation session. If you do not have an appointment, you may not be able to receive the vaccination you require.

For more information, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/development/environmental-health/immunisations

Libraries:

The libraries, including the mobile library, have been closed by Goulburn Valley Library Corporation. Scheduled community workshops, programs and the Home Library Service have also been suspended.

Maternal and Child Health Services

All appointments will be as follows;

  • We will be replacing face-to-face home visits and centre appointments with telephone or online consultations
  • We are establishing a priority of access for young infants (newborn, two week, four week and eight week), Aboriginal parents, infants and children and those with additional needs or complexity
  • We are undertaking essential face-to-face home or centre visits for up to 15 minutes ONLY (these would be for prioritised/enhanced clients when deemed necessary via clinical assessment)
  • Our MCH nurses will be using full Personal Protective Equipment when visiting families with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • First Time Parent Groups are occuring remotely using online platforms to support new parents at this time.

Additionally all group and open sessions will be suspended until further notice.

These include:

  • Weekly Open Sessions
  • Sleep and Settling
  • First Time Parent Groups
  • Supported Playgroup Program

The 24 hour/seven day a week Maternal Child Health Line will continue to operate and provide telephone advice to parents and families across Victoria. 
It is contactable on 13 22 29.

Public toilets:

Our public toilets will remain open. Please note that public toilets will be cleaned and maintained as normal, however we are also affected by the national shortage of toilet paper and there may be times when you find the amenities do not have adequate stocks. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Saleyards:

At this time, sales at Euroa will be proceeding as an essential service to the food supply chain, but will not be open to the general public.
As this is a rapidly changing landscape, we would ask that all buyers intending to participate in person check this website regularly, or contact the saleyards or their agent beforehand, to ascertain whether a sale is still proceeding as it may be cancelled with little notice.
Should a sale go ahead, strict hygiene and social distancing principles will be applied, as well as security checks before granting admission.

Sporting activity on our land:

Victorians can participate in training for all sports, but it must be outside, non-contact and non-competitive.

Right now, groups of 10 can exercise outdoors on municipal land. From June 1 groups of 20 people will be able to participate in training at any one time, in addition to the people running the training session (e.g. coach, manager).

This means that contact sports are still not able to occur including Aussie Rules, other codes of football and soccer, netball and basketball, unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.

Indoor sporting activities remain prohibited until 11:59pm on 21 June.

More information can be found on Valley Sport's website.

Waterways:

Under new Victorian Government arrangements introduced at 11.59pm on 12 May, you can now go fishing or boating in groups of no more than 10 people. As a result, Lake Nagambie boat ramps are now open.

You must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others both on and off the water. Physical distancing and mass gathering rules apply at all times – including at the boat ramp and on your boat. As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

 Youth services:

There are a number of changes to the way in which youth services are being delivered. For the latest, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-events

 

What is unaffected?

The majority of our services remain operational with some changes, so:

  • Your bins will be collected as normal
  • Roads and community infrastructure will be maintained
  • Capital works will continue
  • Building and planning applications will continue to be processed
  • Our waste transfer stations are open.

We will be constantly and carefully monitoring this situation as it evolves. Things will develop over the coming days and weeks, and we will always make decisions with the health and safety of our community and staff in mind. We will keep you updated as things change.

We ask at all Council premises, please only attend if absolutely necessary and maintain social distancing from staff and other people at all times. 

 

Events

Council events have been cancelled - some may be rescheduled to another time and the public will be informed of this.

Non-council events

Council recommends event organisers follow the recommendations from the Australian Government and DHHS. This includes postponing all non-essential meetings and practicing social distancing wherever possible.
Please contact event organisers directly for any queries related to non-council organised events. If you are a ticket-holder for an event that has or will be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020, check the terms and conditions of purchase, and give the event operator time to process this decision and advise you in due course regarding reschedules and refunds.
Rescheduling is an opportunity that benefits all parties, but it does take time to investigate.

Financial support and assistance

Council has announced some rate relief measures to assist ratepayers. These can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1626-council-announces-rate-relief

The following links will provide further information about other support available:

Support for businesses: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Fact sheets for business:

Information and support for individuals: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

Register as a displaced worker: www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

Creative workers: Regional Arts Victoria is working in partnership with the Victorian State Government on the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative. The initiative seeks to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response funding to independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus. It will support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets. The regional stream of the program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and administered by Regional Arts Victoria. Find out more at http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/sustaining-creative-workers/


Information in other languages:

SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal SBS has launched the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal, 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. News and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available below in 63 languages.

Access the link via https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus



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