Strathbogie Shire Council

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Coronavirus information

Strathbogie Shire Council is committed to supporting the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as the lead agency responsible for responding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will ensure our community is kept informed.

Anyone with health concerns can call 1300 650 172 or find up-to-date reliable information at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The table below is a quick reference point for anyone wishing to access Council services. It will be updated regularly and more information is available below. A PDF of the document is also available in the documents section of this page, so downloading and sharing this document is encouraged.

Facility               

Status

Building and planning applications

Proceeding.

Capital works

Proceeding.

Community funding programs

On hold.

Council meetings

Council meetings will proceed with videolink services available to watch.

Customer service centres

The centres are closed for face-to-face inquiries, but phone, email or Facebook inquiries are most welcome.

Euroa Community Cinema

Closed.

Immunisations

By appointment only.

Kerbside waste and recycling services

Occurring as normal.

Libraries

Closed

Maternal and Child Health Services

By appointment only.

Playgrounds

All public playgrounds have been closed until further notice.

Public toilets

Open but some shortage of toilet paper supplies being experienced. 

Transfer stations

Open.

Road works

Proceeding.

Saleyards

Open but general public not permitted. Buyers and key personnel only. 

Transfer stations

Open.

Visitor information centres

Euroa Hub and Nagambie VIC both closed to the public. 

Waterways

All boat ramps and access points to Lake Nagambie and surrounding waterways are closed until further notice. 

Youth services

Changes can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-eventsThe L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is on hold. Find out more at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/l2p-learner-driver-program


Council is working closely with the DHHS as the lead agency responsible for the COVID-19 response. Council undertakes regular business continuity planning to ensure we are well prepared to respond to a range of situations.

  • Council is closely monitoring the situation and senior management and relevant staff are regularly meeting to review business operations and service delivery.
  • Regular updates will continue to be provided to workers, volunteers, contractors and customers will be advised if any changes are required.
  • Council will continue to review operations as the situation evolves. Council services continue to operate as per normal business hours.
  • Council is proactively encouraging workers to maintain personal hygiene and we are committed to providing a hygienic work environment.
  • We are also encouraging everyone in the community to maintain personal hygiene and make responsible choices for the benefit of them, their families and our community. We encourage everyone to stay informed.

What are we doing differently?

Community grants:

We have postponed our community grants and sponsorship programs until further notice.

Community meetings:

We have written to all community groups who meet on Council premises advising to them to postpone or cancel non-essential meetings and events unit further notice.

Council meetings:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Council meetings from April onwards will be shown via Facebook live stream. In the interests of public safety, people are encouraged to view the meetings through this video link where possible. Gallery numbers are restricted to two people at any one time. It should also be noted that Councillors and staff will be practicing social distancing before, during and after the meetings.

Customer service: 

Our customer service offices at Euroa and Nagambie were closed for face-to-face service on 30 March. However, we still welcome people to contact us by by phone, email or post for their inquiries and pay bills online or over the phone. Our priority is the health and safety of our community and staff as we continue to work through these uncertain times.

Euroa Community Cinema:

The cinemas will be closed until further notice. 

Immunisations:

Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. This applies to all scheduled Council Immunisation Sessions, including Strathbogie Shire.

If you or your child requires vaccination at one of Council’s immunisation sessions, please contact Wodonga Council, which is the service provider for Strathbogie Shire, to make an appointment on 1800 655 360. The Coucnil will endeavour to accommodate everyone with an appointment. Please note that only one parent/guardian should accompany a child into the immunisation session.

For more information, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/development/environmental-health/immunisations

Libraries:

The libraries, including the mobile library, have been closed by Goulburn Valley Library Corporation. Scheduled community workshops, programs and the Home Library Service have also been suspended.

Maternal and Child Health Services

All appointments will be as follows;

  • We will be replacing face-to-face home visits and centre appointments with telephone or online consultations
  • We are establishing a priority of access for young infants (newborn, two week, four week and eight week), Aboriginal parents, infants and children and those with additional needs or complexity
  • We are undertaking essential face-to-face home or centre visits for up to 15 minutes ONLY (these would be for prioritised/enhanced clients when deemed necessary via clinical assessment)
  • Our MCH nurses will be using full Personal Protective Equipment when visiting families with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Additionally all group and open sessions will be suspended until further notice.

These include:

  • Weekly Open Sessions
  • Sleep and Settling
  • First Time Parent Groups
  • Supported Playgroup Program

The 24 hour/seven day a week Maternal Child Health Line will continue to operate and provide telephone advice to parents and families across Victoria. 
It is contactable on 13 22 29.

Playgrounds:

All public playgrounds in Strathbogie Shire were closed as of 30 March 2020. They will remain closed until further notice. 

Public toilets:

Our public toilets will remain open. Please note that public toilets will be cleaned and maintained as normal, however we are also affected by the national shortage of toilet paper and there may be times when you find the amenities do not have adequate stocks. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Saleyards:

At this time, sales at Euroa will be proceeding as an essential service to the food supply chain, but will not be open to the general public.
As this is a rapidly changing landscape, we would ask that all buyers intending to participate in person check this website regularly, or contact the saleyards or their agent beforehand, to ascertain whether a sale is still proceeding as it may be cancelled with little notice.
Should a sale go ahead, strict hygiene and social distancing principles will be applied, as well as security checks before granting admission.

Waterways:

Please note that all boat ramps and access points to Lake Nagambie and surrounding waterways are closed until further notice.

This is in accordance with the direction of the Chief Health Officer, and  Department of Health and Human Services requirements, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This means that fishing, boating, canoeing, rowing or other water-based activities, as well as camping, are not permitted.

Police patrols will be taking place of the waterways and surrounding areas to ensure people are adhering with the requirements, introduced by the Victorian Government as part of Stage 3 Coronavirus restrictions.

Youth services:

There are a number of changes to the way in which youth services are being delivered. For the latest, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-events

 

What is unaffected?

The majority of our services remain operational with some changes, so:

  • Your bins will be collected as normal
  • Roads and community infrastructure will be maintained
  • Capital works will continue
  • Building and planning applications will continue to be processed
  • Our waste transfer stations are open.

We will be constantly and carefully monitoring this situation as it evolves. Things will develop over the coming days and weeks, and we will always make decisions with the health and safety of our community and staff in mind. We will keep you updated as things change.

We ask at all Council premises, please only attend if absolutely necessary and maintain social distancing from staff and other people at all times. 

 

Events

Council events have been cancelled - some may be rescheduled to another time and the publlic will be informed of this.

Non-council events

Council recommends event organisers follow the recommendations from the Australian Government and DHHS. This includes postponing all non-essential meetings and practicing social distancing wherever possible.
Please contact event organisers directly for any queries related to non-council organised events. If you are a ticket-holder for an event that has or will be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020, check the terms and conditions of purchase, and give the event operator time to process this decision and advise you in due course regarding reschedules and refunds.
Rescheduling is an opportunity that benefits all parties, but it does take time to investigate.

 

FAQs

(source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus)

What is a novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
However novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

It depends on the virus, but common signs include:

  • Fever
  • A cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath.

Being tested:

Benalla Health has established a fever clinic in the health service grounds for COVID-19 testing.

A temporary marquee has been set up near the Urgent Care Centre and is currently operational. Another clinic will be set up in the Community Rehabilitation Centre with an entry via Samaria Rd when community needs increase.

The clinic is now receiving all individuals who have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms. 

More at https://www.benallahealth.org.au/n/FeverclinicopensatBenallaHealth-430-172/

What can I do to protect myself?

To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • Cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
  • Staying home if you are unwell.
  • You should also try and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.

 

Financial support and assistance

Council has announced some rate relief measures to assist ratepayers. These can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1626-council-announces-rate-relief

The following links will provide further information about other support available:

Support for businesses: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Fact sheets for business:

Information and support for individuals: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

Register as a displaced worker: www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria


Documents:

Speech by Cr John Mason, 17 March 2020 regarding Council's response to Coronavirus

Advertisement in local newspapers W/C 24.3.2020

Fact sheet on restricted activities

Information in other languages:

SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal SBS has launched the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal, a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language.

SBS is committed to informing all Australians about the latest coronavirus developments. News and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available below in 63 languages.

Access the link via https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus



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