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A message from the Mayor 27 March 2020

A message from the Mayor 27 March 2020

Right now I cannot say strongly enough how important it is to do the right thing

Yes, we live in a regional area, far away from the big crowded cities. But COVID-19 will reach us if it hasn’t already.

There is no ‘she’ll be right mate’. This is a serious situation.

No doubt you will be hearing advice from all quarters. But please, for the sake of others in our community, please do the right thing. For your nan who lives at Alcheringa. For your mum or dad who might already be unwell. For your elderly neighbour. For your kids.

Stay home if you don’t need to go out.

If you have to go out, to go to work or pick up food, keep your distance from others.

Wash your hands well and regularly, and always cough into your elbow or tissue.

Don’t get together in large groups, inside or out.

I know people living in communities right around our municipality will do the right thing – and I thank you for it in advance.

Changes to Council services

This is a rapidly changing situation, and at Council we are doing everything we can to respond to the situation and government restrictions as best we can.

We are working to continue delivering key services while ensuring the safety of our community and our staff.

We have closed a number of our buildings, and have had to make changes to the way we deliver important services like rubbish collection, Meals on Wheels, Maternal Child Health and immunisations.

Please visit our COVID-19 updates page or call 5036 2333 to find out the latest information.

Business and employee support

It has been absolutely heartbreaking to see so many local businesses temporarily closed, and to see local people losing their jobs.

While it doesn’t fix the situation, there is support available to businesses and employees from State and Federal governments.

If you have lost your job, a good place to start looking for information is www.treasury.gov.au

Businesses are encouraged to call our Economic Development team on 5032 3033 or email ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au for help accessing information. You can also visit www.business.vic.gov.au where there are lots of great resources.

There is also the Victorian Coronavirus hotline – 1800 675 398.

And of course, for information on government restrictions, social distancing and health advice, there are two websites – www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and www.health.gov.au.