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Public Notice - 5 May 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 - 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 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.

Tune in to Corona Connection

MAINfm has a new segment, Corona Connection, from 8.45am on Tuesday mornings with Matt Abud. The segment takes a local view of what is happening in our community to deal with COVID-19. Listen in on 94.9FM.

Complete a COVID-19 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.surveymonkey.com/r/WB3ZQRH.

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.

Council's initial relief measures

Council has announced some initial relief measures to help the community and local businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19. These include a one month extension on the due date for the fourth rates installment; establishment of a COVID-19 financial hardship policy; a temporary hold on following up unpaid animal registrations; weekly payments to suppliers; and a reduction of commercial rents in Council-owned buildings. For more information contact our Customer Service Team or visit our website.

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 increased 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. The Centre for Non-Violence based in Bendigo offers a range of services. These include safety planning, counselling and support for those at risk including children, financial counselling, access to emergency accommodation, referrals to Indigenous, multicultural and disability services and legal services. Contact the centre 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 and contact the relevant institution, if appropriate.

Planning notices – Harcourt and Elphinstone

Information on Planning Application PA047/2020 (100 Allendale Road, Elphinstone) and Planning Application PA066/2020 (area bounded by Harmony Way, Market Street and High Street, Harcourt) are advertised in this week’s Midland Express. See the classifieds section.

Rates reminder

Council has send a fourth instalment rate reminder to property owners. As part of Council’s response to COVID-19 the due date for payment has been extended to 30 June. Payment options are listed on the notice. We understand this is a difficult time. If you are having difficulty paying your rates please get in touch with our Finance Team on 5471 1700.

Leaf collection underway

Council has started its annual autumn leaf collection program to help prevent drain blockages and localised flooding. The teams are working in Castlemaine, Maldon, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Harcourt, Newstead and Guildford. If you see them out and about please adhere to the social distancing requirements (1.5 metres) to protect their health and yours

Shop locally this Mother’s Day

Show your mum you care this Mother’s Day with a gift from a local business. You’ll be helping to keep every dollar in our shire while showing mum you care. For a handy Mother’s Day shopping guide go to our blogs in the Visit section of www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au.

Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve

Have your say on the revitalisation of Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve in Maclise Street, Castlemaine. We want to hear how you use the reserve, your favourite features and ideas for improvement. Complete a 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. 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.

Employment opportunities

Tree Management Officer – full time, ongoing.

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 18 May.

For more information or to apply visit our website.

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.

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

Public notice – 5 May 2020.

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