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Public notice - 15 September 2020

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Coronavirus update

The Victorian Government recently announced a coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening for Victoria. The roadmap outlines the steps for easing restrictions, subject to public health advice and case numbers, with separate paths for metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Regional Victoria began the Second Step of eased restrictions at 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September 2020. There are still only four reasons to leave home. They are for school or work (if these cannot be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials and exercise.

Other key points include:
• Up to five people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors for exercise and social interaction.
• Outdoor pools and playgrounds are able to open.
• People living alone or single parents can nominate one person to visit home in a social bubble.
• Childcare is open to all children and schools will start a staged return to onsite learning from Term 4.
• Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only.
• Retail and hairdressing open, with density rules and other restrictions.

For more information visit www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Council service update

While we continue to deliver essential services, our Customer Service Centre is closed to the public. Contact us by phone, email or lodge a customer service request via our website. Playspaces have reopened for use in line with public gathering requirements. Skate and BMX parks remain closed.

Help is here

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, help is just a phone call away thanks to the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative. Call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press option 3 to speak with a volunteer from the Australian Red Cross to talk about your needs. They can also put you in touch with a local community connector at Council who can organise extra social, emotional or practical support from local services and organisations.

COVID-19 support service

For local help and information regarding COVID-19, or referral to a local community organisation or service, call our COVID-19 support number on 1800 512 446 between 8.30am and 5.00pm (Monday to Friday), email us at covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or visit www.connectmountalexander.com.au.

Join Get Active Victoria

The Victorian Government has launched a new website to help you stay active. Get Active Victoria offers free information and resources to keep you moving, with videos of guided workouts, challenges and games for all ages. Visit www.getactive.vic.gov.au to sign up.

Planning notice - Supermarket

Information on Planning Application PA054/2019 regarding the proposed supermarket on Duke, Urquhart and Forest streets in Castlemaine, is advertised in this week’s Midland Express. See the classifieds section for details or see below.

Notice of an application for a planning permit

An application for a planning permit has been made which may affect you. Details about the application:

The land affected by the application is located at:
2 Duke Street, Castlemaine
Lot 1 TP019291T
CAs 8, 8A & 9 Section 48 Parish of Castlemaine
9 Urquhart Street, Castlemaine
Lot 1 TP668694W
94 Forest Street, Castlemaine
Lot 1 TP216646H
92 Forest Street, Castlemaine
CA 9 Section 85 Parish of Castlemaine
90 Forest Street, Castlemaine
Lot 1 TP374762

The application is for a permit to:
Develop the land for a supermarket and two shops (amended design), use of land to sell packaged liquor, reduction in car parking on site, removal of a native tree and alter access in a Road Zone Category 1; and associated buildings and works.

The applicant for the permit is: Lascorp Development Group (Aust) Pty Ltd

The application reference number is: PA054/2019

You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at: www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au
Follow: Planning and permits – Planning Services – Lodge or track an application – Greenlight

Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection or submission can be lodged online via Greenlight or can be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, addressed to: Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

An objection must include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. The Responsible Authority must make a copy of every objection available at its office for any person to inspect during office hours free of charge until the end of the period during which an application may be made for review of a decision on the application.

The Responsible Authority will not decide on the application before: 9 October 2020.

If you object the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision.

Council elections

The 2020 Council elections will be conducted by postal vote in October. If you are interested in running as a candidate you must complete a mandatory training course. Nominations close at noon on Tuesday 22 September. For more information for candidates visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CouncilElections. Council will move into caretaker period from noon on Tuesday 22 September until 6.00pm on Saturday 24 October to ensure an open and fair election for all candidates. For more information about the elections visit www.vec.vic.gov.au.

Employment opportunities

Business Support Officer – Engineering – part time, ongoing.

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 28 September.

For more information or to apply visit our website.

Council meetings

The next Council Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 15 September. It will be broadcast on YouTube.

Please note: The pandemic situation is changing rapidly. This information was correct at the time of going to print.

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

Public notice - 15 September 2020.

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