From Monday, more visitors will be allowed to use selected Melton City Council services, with restrictions that impact libraries, sports and aquatic centres, and other community facilities, further easing.
This is in line with advice from the State Government, and will include strict limits and safety measures.
Among the changes, libraries can now have up to 50 customers and will allow browsing, borrowing and computer use with a visiting limit of 30 minutes.
Maternal and Child Health services will also offer face-to-face appointments to all families with babies aged 0 to 8 weeks.
Sport and recreation facilities can begin to reopen in a limited capacity to support competition for non-contact sports in small groups, with further allowances for junior sports.
Mayor Cr Lara Carli said the gradual return to face-to-face services would complement continued online programs.
“I’m pleased that we can now welcome residents back to some Council activities, while also continuing to provide online programing that meets the needs of the whole community,” Cr Carli said.
“The safety of our residents and staff is our priority, and we appreciate how our community continues to adapt to the changing circumstances.
“Although we are moving towards regaining some normality, it’s important that we continue to be aware of the restrictions and make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay safe.”
All visitors to Council facilities will need to have their details recorded under State Government regulations. Visitors will also be required to stay 1.5 metres from others and practice safe hygiene.
A number Council programs will continue to be delivered online to provide activities and entertainment to the community including crafts, cooking, exercise, and storytime. See our online programs at facebook.com/cityofmelton
To stay up-to-date with changes to face-to-face Council services as restrictions ease, visit melton.vic.gov.au/COVID19
*Customer Service remains closed
All Council customer service centres including the Melton Civic Centre and customer service desks at libraries remain closed. Residents can have their questions answered and make payments online at melton.vic.gov.au or over the phone on 9747 7200.
COUNCIL SERVICE CHANGES INCLUDE:
Melton and Caroline Springs Libraries have increased opening hours and from 22 June will allow up to 50 visitors at a time, up from 20. All visits will be restricted to 30 minutes.
Customers will be able to browse and borrow in the libraries, use the computers, print, and use Wifi.
The Click and Collect service will still be available. Programs for children like storytime will continue to be delivered online.
Open: Mon 9am – 5pm (8pm at Caroline Springs), Tues 9am – 5pm, Wed 9am – 5pm (8pm at Melton), Thurs 9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 12pm – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 4pm.
Melton and Taylors Hill youth facilities are open for activities including:
- One-on-one case management for UTURN, YLP, mentoring and Reconnect projects
- The Space: LGBIQT support group, up to 10 participants
- Iplay programs, up to 15 participants
- DIY program, up to 15 participants
- Structured drop-in programs, up to 20 participants
Please note there is no access to public computers at this stage.
Stevenson House, Kurunjang Community Hub, and Timbertop, Botanica Springs and Bridge Road children’s and community centres are open with restrictions on programming and access.
Groups must speak to a Council officer on 9747 5200 to arrange a booking.
Open: Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm.
Online programs will continue at facebook.com/meltonlearning
Maternal and Child Health
Face-to-face services will be available for all infants aged 0 to 8 weeks old from 22 June. Phone and video consultations will continue for families of babies aged four months and over.
Council’s new parent groups will continue online, sleep and settling service will continue over the phone and breastfeeding support consultation will also continue over the phone. To make a booking, call 9747 7287.
Melton Waves Leisure Centre has opened the 25 metre pool only with a limit of up to 20 people.
From 22 June, the following will also be available with bookings essential (meltonwaves.com.au):
- Swimming lessons (parents will be contacted)
- Group fitness (up to 10 participants, 45 minute class times)
- Gym (up to 20 participants, 45 minute session times)
- Changing rooms and showers
- Creche on three mornings
Sport and recreation
Caroline Springs Indoor Sport Stadium and Melton Indoor Recreation Centre will be able to open from 22 June with limitations on usage and visitor numbers.
At outdoor recreation facilities, non-contact sports competition will be able to begin across every age group, and for those aged 18 and under all sports training and competition will be able to resume in contact sports.
Community pavilions can begin to reopen with restrictions on access and strict hygiene protocols.
Heart Foundation walking groups will return from 22 June. For details visit melton.vic.gov.au/walking-groups