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Public notice - 28 April 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

A State of Emergency has been declared until 11 May 2020 to manage coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff are continuing to deliver essential services and support our community, staff and volunteers within the directives from government and health authorities. For updates on Council services visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

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 are also working with local organisations to develop an online virtual relief centre, and printed resource packs for residents without internet access.

Please stay at home and follow the advice to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Look out for each other and check in on your family, friends and neighbours. For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. We 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.

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 - We have a reduced capacity in our Works Unit and are dealing with as many requests as possible. 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 stage 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. Contact our Community Wellbeing Team on 5471 1766 with any queries.

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 and contact the relevant institution, if appropriate.

Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve

Have your say on the revitalisation of Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve, located on Maclise Street in Castlemaine. We want to hear how you use the reserve, your favourite features and ideas for improvement. Complete an online survey via
www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay or call Kim Whitehouse, Project Officer, on 5471 1700. Closes 15 May.

Help stop fruit fly

Don’t forget to check your monitoring traps for Queensland fruit fly (QFF), following the first confirmed report in Castlemaine. QFF are small brown flies with yellow markings. Look out for grubs or larvae in fruit or vegetables, remove unwanted fruit from trees and pick up fallen fruit off the ground. If you suspect you have QFF contact Council on 5471 1700. See photos to help identification at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/FruitFly.

Pet registrations

Council is giving pet owners until 30 June to pay for pet registrations. Residents must still ensure their pet is registered. Council has sent renewal forms to pet owners.

Council meetings and budget

Council cancelled its April meeting due to the requirement for the meeting to be held in person. 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.

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

Public notice - 28 April 2020.

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