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Public Notice - 19 May 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government is directing all Victorians to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While the stay at home directions still apply, some restrictions have eased and there is now a fifth reason to leave 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 and participate in some recreational activities adhering to the rules.
• Visit friends, family and loved ones while adhering to the rules.

You may also leave your home in an emergency or if required by law. You can now have:
• Family and friends visit you at home – with up to five visitors being allowed at your home at one time.
• Gatherings of people for the purposes of non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as parks – with groups of up to ten being allowed to gather.
• Small gatherings of up to ten people at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities. The four-square metre rule applies.

It is important that we all continue to stay at home and follow the advice to keep our community safe and protect each other. Please continue to maintain good hygiene and physical distancing, and check in on your family, friends and neighbours. We also urge you to shop locally to keep every dollar in our shire.

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 call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

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.

Thank you volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Week and Council would like to thank all the volunteers who are making a positive impact and changing lives in our community. Read a message from Mayor Christine Henderson and our thank you note in the Volunteer Week section of the paper.

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, frequently asked questions such as where to get tested, and an online form to make a request for support.

Download the COVIDSafe app

Help keep our community safe by downloading the COVIDSafe app. It’s part of a nation-wide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The free app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. This means health workers can quickly notify you if you come into contact with someone who has coronavirus. It also reduces the chances of passing the virus on to family, friends and other people in the community.

Downloading the COVIDSafe app is voluntary and your privacy is protected by law. Use of the app will help governments move more quickly to reduce restrictions, with the confidence they can find and contain outbreaks quickly. For more information visit www.health.gov.au.

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

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.

Update on levee banks

Council is working to obtain approvals for four levee banks and waterway improvements to provide better flood protection for households and businesses in Castlemaine and Campbells Creek.

Over the next year Council will seek approvals and finalise designs for two levee banks planned for Castlemaine near Elizabeth Street and at the Central Cabins and Van Park, and two levee banks to protect the Campbells Creek township and at nearby National School Lane. Council endorsed conceptual designs for the project in 2018, following extensive community consultation.

Learn more at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/levees or contact Jason McClure, Project Manager, at j.mcclure@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1835.

Willow removal along Campbells Creek

Council and the Friends of Campbell Creek Landcare Group will soon remove exotic and invasive willow trees along Campbells Creek between the Elizabeth Street Bridge downstream to Lewis Drive. The work will improve the environmental conditions of the creek and sustain native plants and animals. The tree removal work will start in coming weeks and take about two weeks to complete. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the public. Sections of the Campbells Creek trail will be closed to the public while works are underway to protect public safety between 7.00am and 5.00pm on weekdays. The area will be replanted with native species.

Planning notice - Harcourt

Information on Planning Application PA091/2020 - 10, 12, 14 and 16 Molly Drive in Harcourt is advertised in this week’s Midland Express. See the classifieds section for details. Read the advertisement.

Employment opportunities

Engineering Coordinator –full time, ongoing.
Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 1 June.

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 the 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. Messages must be received by 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

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

Public notice - 19 May 2020.

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