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Public notice - 9 June 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government has announced the State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59 pm on Sunday 21 June, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as restrictions gradually ease across the state from Monday 1 June.

The focus is now on staying safe as we transition to a life under a new norm. Please remain cautious and use common sense to help keep our community safe. Continue to practice good hygiene and physical distancing. Stay at home if you are unwell. Get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, even if they are mild. If you can work from home, you must work from home. For more information call the hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Council is continuing to deliver a range of services within the directives from Victorian Government and health authorities. We are currently working through how we respond to the changes in restrictions and will gradually announce the return of more services in the coming weeks. For Council service updates 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, email and an online virtual emergency relief centre (VERC). 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, email covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or visit www.connectmountalexander.com.au.

The VERC includes 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.

Grants for sports clubs

If your sporting club has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic you can apply for a $1,000 grant from the Victorian Government. Grants are available for community sporting and active recreation organisations including associations, leagues and clubs. The grant is to be used to maintain operational viability. Applications will be accepted until Monday 15 June, or until the funding allocation is exhausted. Learn more at www.sport.vic.gov.au.

COVIDSafe app

Help keep our community safe by downloading the free 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 so you can be quickly notified if you come into contact with someone with coronavirus. It also reduces the chances of passing the virus on to others.

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.

COVID-19 information pack

We understand that living through the COVID-19 pandemic may be a time of uncertainty, anxiety and isolation, and some people have concerns for their physical health, mental wellbeing and financial security.

While there is a lot of information available online we know not everyone has access to the internet. Local community and health organisations have collaborated to produce a resource pack for people with no or little access to the internet. If you or someone you know would like an information pack ring the local COVID-19 support number on 1800 512 446. An information pack will be posted, or you can pick up a copy at your local post office.

VIC welcomes visitors

The Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will open every weekend in June from 9.00am to 5.00pm to welcome visitors to our shire. Visitors are able to stay overnight with their friends and relatives, as part of a staged reactivation of the tourism sector. Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses have also resumed dine-in services.

If businesses would like information on meeting new restrictions please visit the business section of www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call Tracey Watson, Coordinator Public and Environmental Health on 0428 594 154. Information is also available at www.connectmountalexander.com.au.


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

External Project Manager – Castlemaine and Campbells Creek Levee Banks, Contract M1504-2020.
Tenders must be received by 2.00pm, Friday 19 June.

Provision of Meals for Delivered Meals Program (re-advertised), Contract M1509-2020
Tenders must be received by 2.00pm, Monday 22 June.

Darren Fuzzard, Chief Executive Officer

Take your business online

Come along to our next Small Business Workshop and learn how to launch your business online. The free workshop will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am on Monday 15 June via Zoom. To book visit bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice or phone Eva Parkin, Economic Development Officer, on 5471 1805.

Family QuaranTrivia

Our FReeZA Committee invites young people aged 12 to 25 years and their families to join a free, online family friendly trivia event - QuaranTrivia. It will be run online through Zoom and Kahoot. The event will be held from 4.30pm to 6.00pm on Saturday 13 June. Register via www.eventbrite.com.au.

Footpath works in Chewton

Works are underway to upgrade a section of footpath on the corner of Church Street and Main Road in Chewton to alleviate local flooding issues. Minor traffic delays may occur and pedestrians will be redirected to the other side of the road. The works are expected to be finished by Monday 15 June.

Join a local walking group

CHIRP Community Health has recommenced its Monday and Thursday Harcourt Walking Groups and the Tuesday and Friday Maldon Walking Groups. Everyone is welcome to join. For details phone CHIRP on 5479 1000 or visit

Employment opportunities

Gardener – Crew Leader – full time, ongoing.
Road Worker – Plant Operator – full time, ongoing.
Closes at 9.00am on Monday 15 June.

Visit our website for more information.

Council is also recruiting for a number of temporary roles through the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Applicants need to register with Working for Victoria and sign up to the Sidekicker online platform at www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.

Council meetings

The next Council Meeting is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 June. It will be broadcast live via YouTube. To raise a question at the Council meeting write to the Governance Team, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 VIC, or email governance@mountalexander.vic.gov.au. Messages must be received by 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

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

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