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Public notice - 16 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.

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.

Council services update

Council is continuing to deliver a range of services within the directives from Victorian Government and health authorities. We have reopened play spaces and are working with community and sporting groups on the safe reopening of facilities. Community halls and sports facilities will start to reopen from Monday 22 June. For service updates visit

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 and links to service providers to help residents and businesses deal with the impacts of coronavirus on the road to recovery.

COVID-19 information pack

Local community and health organisations have collaborated to produce a printed resource pack for people who do not have access to the internet. Pick up a copy from your local post office or call 1800 512 446 to request a copy in the post.

Community House updates

The Centrelink agency at Castlemaine Community House (CCH) has resumed, with limited services available by appointment. Call 5472 4842 to book. For more information visit www.cch.org.au. The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre is now open. Find details at

Proposed disposal of Council property

Information on the proposed disposal of Council property on Fitzgeralds Close in Wesley Hill in Castlemaine is advertised in this week’s Midland Express. See the advertisment in the classifieds section.

Active Living Census results available

The results of the Active Living Census are now available. Thank you to more than 2,300 residents who completed the survey last year. The information will be used to direct investment, funding and programs that will help to improve health outcomes. Find the results at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HealthyHeart.

Complete an energy survey

Council is working with Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) on a project to co-design a masterplan with the community to reduce the shire’s carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Complete an online survey about how you use your home, energy and water. The information will be used as a baseline assessment of the shire’s carbon and water footprint. There will be other opportunities to get involved. Find the survey at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay. It is open until December.

Gorse control opportunity

The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) invites households in the Sutton Grange area to participate in a gorse management extension services program. Contact Brydie Murrihy, VGT Extension Officer, to arrange a property assessment and receive advice on gorse management, including a property map and opportunities for support or assistance to remove the noxious weed. Contact Brydie on 0428 335 705 or bmurrihy@cva.org.au.

Employment opportunities

Council is 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. Roles are updated often so we encourage jobseekers to visit the site regularly.

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.

Public notice - 16 June 2020.

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