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Public notice - 7 April 2020

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Coronavirus COVID-19 update

We understand there is much concern about coronavirus COVID-19 and we are doing what we can to help reduce its impact and spread. Our team is working behind the scenes to deliver essential services and support our community, staff and volunteers while following advice from governments and health authorities. We aim to keep programs and services running for as long as possible within the guidelines, and directives to shut down non-essential activity. We have launched a dedicated email to help residents who need it most during this challenging time. Contact covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au to find out more about what Council is doing in response to COVID-19 or to be referred to partner organisations and agencies who can help. For updates on Council services visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. We urge residents to stay home and follow the precautions to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Remember to look out for each other and check on your family, friends and neighbours that might need assistance. For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Changes to services

Customer and Visitor Services - The Customer Service Centre and Visitor Information Centres are closed to the public. You can still contact us by phone, email or lodge a customer service request via our website. Call 5471 1700 or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.
Works and maintenance requests - We are aiming to deal with as many requests as possible with a reduced capacity in our Works Unit. The priority for the team is road hazards, followed by maintenance tasks. Thank you for your understanding.
Castlemaine and Maldon Transfer Stations - Please delay non-essential visits to waste facilities. Heavy items and mattresses are not accepted at this time. For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/wastemanagement.
Playgrounds and community facilities - Parks and reserves remain open for essential activities such as exercise within public gathering rules. Public playgrounds, skate parks and BMX parks are closed.
Aged Care Services - Council is working hard to support the most vulnerable members of our community. We have made some alterations to services based on advice from health authorities. We are continuing to share service updates with clients, carers and families. Please direct queries to our Community Wellbeing Team on 5471 1766.
Maternal and Child Health Services - Immunisations for children up to six years is continuing by appointment only. Speak to a nurse on 5472 1364 before visiting the centre.

Council's initial relief measures

Council has announced some initial relief measures to help the community and local businesses manage some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are:
• Provide ratepayers with a one month extension on the due date for the fourth rates instalment, to 30 June.
• Establish a Council COVID-19 financial hardship policy including provision for the development of payment plans and consideration of interest waivers on overdue rate payments.
• Put a temporary hold on following up unpaid animal registrations (due 10 April).
• Pay all suppliers as quickly as possible in weekly payment schedules, regardless of payment terms.
• A reduction of commercial rents in Council-owned buildings until 30 June 2020, for businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19.
See more details on our website. More support measures will be announced when finalised.

Pet registrations

Council is providing pet owners extra time to pay for pet registrations as one of several measures to reduce financial pressures on the community. It is important residents ensure their pet is registered by the due date of 10 April. However, registration fees can be made until 30 June. Council has sent renewal forms to pet owners, which includes payment options.

Bin collection over Easter

At this stage kerbside bin collection is operating as usual. There will be no kerbside waste or recycling collection on Good Friday 10 April. Bins will be collected the following day, on Saturday 11 April. Bin collection will be as usual on Easter Monday 13 April.

Support local business

Council urges everyone to shop locally at this time to keep every dollar in our shire. Find a list of businesses who are now offering takeaway, delivery or online shopping options at www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au. Business operators can find out about available support at www.business.gov.au or www.business.vic.gov.au.

Free business workshop

Business operators are invited to join a free online financial fundamentals workshop as part of Council’s small business workshop series. Many businesses are facing some very difficult decisions during this challenging time. The workshop will be held from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Monday 20 April via Zoom. Register at www.bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice or contact Eva Parkin, Economic Development Officer, on 5471 1805.

Update from CHIRP

CHIRP Community Health can offer support and advice to help you get through these challenging times. Call them on 5479 1000 every weekday during business hours (except public holidays).

Employment opportunities

Municipal Building Surveyor
Closes Sunday 19 April.

Public and Environmental Health Officer
Audit and Risk Advisory Committee Member
Close on Monday 20 April.

For more information or to apply visit our website.

Council meetings

The next meeting is scheduled for 6.30pm on Tuesday 21 April at the Civic Centre. Watch the live broadcast via YouTube by searching Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Important message

Please note: this information was correct at time of printing. Find the latest updates on our website at
www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

The Council Column is published in The Midland Express each Tuesday.

Public notice - 7 April 2020.


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