The Victorian Government’s declaration of a return to Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions for all of metropolitan Melbourne from midnight tonight (Wednesday 8 July) has implications for Nillumbik Shire Council services and facilities.
It means the process of gradual, staged re-openings of facilities, which had been underway as restrictions were eased, will now be wound back.
The mandated restrictions, which apply to the entire Nillumbik shire as they do to all Victorian metropolitan (including interface) councils as well as Mitchell Shire are very clear.
From midnight tonight the only reason those who live in the areas outlined will be able to leave their home for four reasons only:
Shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, physical exercise, work and study – if these cannot be done at home.
Nillumbik Shire Council’s priority throughout this pandemic has been the health and safety of the broader community and our staff.
Council is assessing the extent of these far-reaching restrictions announced yesterday. However we do know that the latest restrictions do mean the following closures and ceasing of related activities.
- Leisure centres, gymnasiums and pools;
- Community halls and reception centres;
- Sporting pavilions (cessation of training and competition at junior and senior level)
- Playgrounds and outdoor gymnasiums;
- Facilities that host Living and Learning activities;
- Men’s Sheds;
- Skate parks
Our Civic Centre in Greensborough remains closed and therefore face-to-face Customer Service visits are not available. However our team remains hard at work and can be reached on 9433 3111 from 8.30am-9am Monday to Friday.
Council’s essential services such as kerbside landfill, recycling and green waste collections as well as booked kerbside hard waste collections are continuing as normal. Council maintenance services and call-out services are also continuing.
Services for older and vulnerable residents including delivered meals, domestic assistance, personal care, social support, and respite care are operating as usual.
Our Maternal and Child Health Services will continue providing services through a combination of face-to-face visits and on virtual platforms.
The pandemic has had a profound effect on our entire community, from individuals, to families as well as to local businesses. We will continue to do our part to support the community in any way we can.
Where possible we would also ask the community to support our local businesses. Council’s Economic Development team is offering support to local businesses including a concerted ‘Stay home, shop local campaign’.
During this unprecedented time Council will continue to keep you updated as the situation continues to develop. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels.