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Public Notice - 12 May 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government has extended restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The restrictions and a renewed a State of Emergency will be in place from midnight tonight, until 11.59pm on 31 May 2020. The stay at home directions still apply but there is now a fifth reason to leave home – to visit friends and family – with a maximum gathering of up to ten people outdoors and or up to five visitors in your home.

You may only leave your home to:
• shop for food and other necessary goods and services
• access medical services or provide caregiving
• attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
• exercise
• visit friends and family – limits apply.

You may also leave your home in an emergency or if required by law. It is important that we all continue to stay at home and follow the advice to keep our community safe. Please continue to maintain good hygiene and physical distancing, and check in on your family, friends and neighbours. Remember to stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing mild symptoms of coronavirus. Make an appointment with your local GP or head to a nearby testing centre in Bendigo, Kyneton or Maryborough. For more information visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. Council is continuing to implement our pandemic response plan and deliver a range of services within the directives from government and health authorities. We also announced some initial relief measures in March. For updates on Council services visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

COVID-19 support

To help and connect our community at this time we have created a dedicated COVID-19 support number and email. For local information or a referral to a community organisation or service, call us on 1800 512 446 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au. We have also expanded the COVID-19 support service to provide an online virtual emergency relief centre (VERC). The online centre provides a one-stop shop for assistance, similar to what would be in a physical emergency relief centre. Visit www.connectmountalexander.com.au for information about programs and services to help residents and business deal with the impacts of coronavirus on the road to recovery. There are links to service providers and assistance programs and frequently asked questions such as where to get tested, and an online form to make a request for support.

Changes to services

Customer and Visitor Services - The Customer Service Centre and Visitor Information Centres are closed to the public. We are still here to help. Call 5471 1700, email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or lodge a customer service request via our website.

Works and maintenance requests - Our Works Unit is dealing with as many requests as possible whilst adhering to social distancing requirements. Road hazards are the priority, followed by maintenance tasks.

Waste services - Bin collection is running as usual. Please delay non-essential visits to waste facilities in Castlemaine and Maldon. Heavy items and mattresses are not accepted at this time.

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.

Maternal and Child Health Services - Key age visits are being held over the phone. Immunisations for children up to five years are continuing by appointment only. Speak to a nurse on 5472 1364 before visiting the centre.

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, and are continuing to share service updates with clients, carers and families.

Complete a COVID-19 business survey

We know that COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on local businesses and the creative community. We encourage you to share your story through an online survey. The information will help us to assess the main challenges within the business and creative community, identify priorities as we start to plan for our recovery and advocate to government and other agencies for support. Complete the survey by Friday 15 May. Visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay. We also urge you to shop locally to keep every dollar in our shire. Find a list of businesses offering takeaway food or online shopping options at www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au.

Local food relief

Local volunteers, community groups and organisations have established the Mount Alexander Community Pantry to provide food relief for local residents in need. To access pre-prepared meals or food packages contact the Intake Coordinator on 0472 537 866, email mtalexcommunitypantry@gmail.com or order online at www.cch.org.au/communitypantry. The pantry is accepting financial donations to help fund the initiative.

Looking after your health

CHIRP Community Health can offer support to help you get through these challenging times. Call CHIRP on 5479 1000 weekdays during business hours or visit www.chirp.org.au.

For crisis support and suicide prevention services contact Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au; QLife 1800 184 527 www.qlife.org.au or Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au.

Family violence and staying safe

Unfortunately, there is an increase risk of family violence during and after an emergency. It is important for everyone to know that family violence is never ok, no matter what the circumstances. If you, or someone you know are at risk or escaping family violence call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au.
In an emergency call 000. For local safety planning, counselling, support and other services contact the Centre for Non-Violence based in Bendigo on 1800 884 292 or visit www.cnv.org.au.

Cyber alerts and scams

COVID-19 related cyber threats are increasing. Be wary of suspicious or COVID-19 related emails, messages and phone calls claiming to be government agencies. Cyber criminals try to trick you into providing sensitive information. If you receive a phone call requesting information or payment simply hang up the phone.

Bin collection changes

Bin collection day will change from a Tuesday for around 250 households located north of the central business district in Castlemaine. The changes will improve efficiency and ensure truck drivers do not exceed the maximum number of driving hours. Council and Veolia have sent letters to impacted residents outlining the changes. The recycling collection will remain fortnightly. Households impacted by the change include some on Forest, Fredrick, Hargraves, Lyttleton, Urquhart, Doveton, Bruce, Templeton, Mostyn, and Campbell streets.

Find the rubbish and recycling collection calendar at www.mountalexander.vic.au/BinCollection.

Lyttleton Street footpath upgrade

Works will begin in mid-May to upgrade a 100 metre section of footpath along Lyttleton Street in Castlemaine. The asphalt footpath will extend along the northern side of Lyttleton Street between Barker Street and the Presbyterian Church. The works are scheduled to take three weeks, weather permitting. Minor traffic delays or temporary detours may be in place during the project. Please follow signs and directions at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tenders

Provision of Meals for Delivered Meals Program,
Contract M1502-2020
Tenders must be received by 2.00pm, Monday 25 May.
Provision of Property Maintenance/Home Safety Services, Contract M1506-2020
Tenders must be received by 2.00pm, Monday 1 June.

Tenders are invited for the above contracts. Tender documentation is available from Council's website under Tenders and quotations. Direct enquiries to Andrea O’Grady, Procurement Coordinator, on 5471 1724.

Employment opportunities

Tree Management Officer – full time, ongoing.
Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 18 May.

Active Communities Team Leader – full time, ongoing.
Project Engineer (re-advertised) – full time, ongoing.
Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 25 May.

For more information or to apply visit our website.

Council meetings

The next Council meeting is planned for 6.30pm on Tuesday 19 May. It will be broadcast live via YouTube. Search Mount Alexander Shire Council. To raise a question at a Council meeting write to the Governance Team at Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 VIC, or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Important message

This information was correct at time of going to print. 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 - 12 May 2020.


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