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Notes from the CEO’s desk

Notes from the CEO’s desk

Reopening of some public facilities

Council is pleased to be reopening some public facilities to the community, in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Community groups are now permitted to use public Council facilities outdoors, providing there is no more than 10 people, and they are recording the details of those in attendance.

Community groups are reminded that indoor gatherings are not allowed at indoor facilities. Toilet and kitchen facilities will be opened for the comfort of members.

Council will be asking community groups to complete a COVID-19 safe checklist and strict cleaning regimes will be required at these facilities.

COVID-19 testing available

A reminder to members of our community that if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please ensure you get tested.
Symptoms include a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, fever or chills, and loss or change in smell or taste.

Free testing is available at the Swan Hill District Health clinic at 28 High Street, which is open from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday. You must first book for testing by calling 5033 9300 or going to www.shdh.org.au/acute-respiratory-assessment-clinic
Free testing is also available through Robinvale District Health Service (RDHS) via the car park of the hospital. To access this service, you must first call RDHS on 5051 8111 and ask to speak with nursing staff.

RDHS is also providing free COVID-19 testing from the IGA car park on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to 5pm. You do not need to make an appointment – just visit the RDHS van in the car park.

Ensuring you get tested helps keep yourself and everyone in our community safe.

Australia Day awards nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australia Day Local Government Awards.

Council is encouraging residents to nominate local community members and groups for their contributions and achievements within their communities.

There are three categories for nomination: 2020 Citizen of the Year Award, 2020 Young Citizen Award and 2020 Community Event of the Year Award.

Anyone can nominate a person or event that they believe deserves recognition, so if you have someone in mind, please make sure you put forward a nomination.

Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 November for all three categories.

Visit www.swanhill.vic.gov.au to fill out an online nomination, collect forms from Council offices in Swan Hill and Robinvale or contact Robyn Fry on 5036 2361 or rfry@swanhill.vic.gov.au   

Awards will be presented on Australia Day in January 2021.

Planning for Australia Day events has also started. These events will be held in line with any restrictions regarding COVID-19, including crowd density and social distancing protocols.

Council will provide further updates regarding Australia Day events when planning is further advanced.

Pools and spas registration reminder

Private pool and spa owners have until 1 November 2020 to register their pools or spas with Council. This registration deadline has been extended by the Victorian Government from the original date of 1 June.

Every four years pool and spa owners must also have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify that their safety barrier is compliant, and undertake any repairs as directed. This is to ensure fencing is checked every four years and if not compliant, it is repaired and made safe.

To register your pool or spa click here

Library open for click and collect

Although the Swan Hill Regional Library is not yet able to open its doors to the community, it remains open for click and collect services.

Library materials can be requested either online or over the phone. When items are available an appointment will be made to collect the items from the library foyer.

Appointment times are between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and there will be a 15 minute gap between each appointment.

The Library housebound service has been extended to other library customers who are in the high risk category, that were not receiving this service.

The Mobile Library has also recommenced click and collect services in Robinvale on Thursdays, where it also makes a stop at Boundary Bend on its way to Robinvale.

The service is already proving to be popular, with almost all the available appointment times booked for the Mobile Library’s visit last Thursday.

To find out more or to start borrowing, call the Library on 5036 2480 or visit library.swanhill.vic.gov.au