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Published Friday 19 June 2020
Tags:General, Libraries, Leisure, COVID-19

COVID service updates 19 June 2020

Here's the latest news our COVID-19 impacted service changes.

Maternal and Child Health is back to full face-to-face service delivery. While we were able to provide most services online, it is good to be back in person.

Seymour Resource Recovery Centre is re-opening on Saturday (20 June) after some COVID safety works to better separate the centre from the landfill which also collects all of Council’s kerbside waste.

Libraries will allow browsing of books again from Monday 22 June. Safety is paramount so there will be rules in place including providing contact details upon entering and limited capacity in the centres. For now, our computers, Wi-Fi and seated areas remain closed but we plan to safely bring these back in coming weeks.

Our Customer Service Centres re-opened last Monday for face to face services. We’ve also had a lot of interest in when Learners’ Permits will restart at Kilmore. VicRoads has advised that they are working through previously booked learner permit tests and they expect to open for new appointments in a few weeks.

Lap swimming, aqua classes and water therapy have returned to our Seymour and Kilmore leisure services. Book now as classes and lanes are filling fast. Great news with the change rooms able to re-open next week too, which will make it much easier for pool users to beat the winter chills. Time and number limits still apply in the pools and change rooms, you can find out more here

Gymnasiums at Kilmore Leisure Centre and Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre's will reopen, post COVID-19 closure, on Monday 22 June at 6am. Bookings are essential to support limited capacity and increased cleaning.

We were planning to re-introduce indoor group classes on Monday 29 June. The recent changes to COVID restrictions means we are reviewing our timetable and will be at a reduced capacity initially. An update on indoor classes will be provided soon.

Book for Kilmore Leisure Centre Gymnasium

Book for Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre Gymnasium

Other COVID Information and Support

Please visit the COVID section of our website for a range of other COVID information and support including Council services and information, business support, news and updates, ways to prevent your risk of Coronavirus, information from the State and Federal government and how to access community and health services.

Service Summary

Information about Council service changes is below.

Last updated: 21 September at 6.45pm

You can also view the latest information from the Victorian Government about restrictions which includes Frequently Asked Questions for common activities.

Please visit the business section of our website for details about what assistance and support is available for businesses in Mitchell Shire and to view our MitchellEats directory.

Current restrictions

From 11.59pm on Sunday 13 September, Mitchell Shire moves from stage 3 restrictions to step 2 in the roadmap to recovery.

Step 3 restrictions for regional Victoria

Mitchell Shire is now in step 3 on the roadmap to recovery.

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
  • Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. Groups of up to ten people will be able to meet outdoors.
  • Restrictions are easing to allow for cafes, restaurants, beauty and personal care, and some outdoor entertainment venues to open. Restaurants will open in a predominantly outdoor capacity, with a group limit of 10 people, and density limits.
  • You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

For updates and more information please visit the Victorian Government website.

Animals

ServiceStatus
Animal pound and dangerous and wandering animalsStray animals will still be collected. Procedures in place for payments and to ensure social distance between residents and staff.
Animal registrationsNew registrations can be completed over the phone 03 5734 6200 or email mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au. Registration renewals due 10 April. Please phone 03 5734 6200 if you are experiencing financial hardship.
Dog parkOpen. Maintain social distancing.

Building and planning services

ServiceStatus
Building and planningWallan service desk closed. Inspections and phone service still occurring. Online services available.

Business support

ServiceStatus
Business supportPlease visit the business section of our website for details about what assistance and support is available for businesses in Mitchell Shire including our free business specialist advice service and our MitchellEats takeaway directory.

Children and Families

ServiceStatus
ImmunisationAll immunisation is operating with some temporary location changes to enable extra social distancing measures. Please check our timetable for current details.
KindergartensOpen.
Maternal and child healthTelehealth appointments and short face-to-face centre appointments for babies 8 weeks and under. First time parent groups will continue online. Breastfeeding clinics by appointment. Sleep and settling programs and support playgroups online.
School crossingsOperating in line with school term.
Youth servicesOnline programming plus phone and online outreach.

Community Centres and Halls

ServiceStatus
Greater Beveridge Community CentreImmunisation , Maternal and Child Health and Kindergarten open. Investigation opening for other permitted outdoor activities.
Hall and venue hireClosed. Investigation opening for other permitted outdoor activities.
Visitor information centreClosed.

Customer and Library Services

ServiceStatus
Customer service centresCentres closed. Phone and online contact is still available on 03 5734 6200. You can also do many things online including payments and lodging an enquiry via our Report It tool: www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/reportit. If you have an enquiry that you feel can only be done face-to-face, please give us a call to discuss.
LibrariesClosed. Access to eResources (eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines) and online activities will continue. Click and collect service available. Contactless printing available. Please visit the Customer and Library Service Centre section of our website for details.
PrintingContactless printing available. Please visit the Customer and Library Service Centre section of our website for details.
Sharps containersCollection of new containers and drop off available at customer service centres.

Events

ServiceStatus
Council meetingsOnline meetings. View live on our website. Visit the meetings page of our website for details and agendas.
Citizenship ceremonyFor questions regarding citizenship please contact the Department of Home Affairs 131 881.

Leisure Services

ServiceStatus
Indoor poolsClosed
GymsClosed. Outdoor fitness classes returning Monday 21 September.
Change roomsClosed
StadiumsClosed

Outdoor Spaces

ServiceStatus
BBQsOpen
Open outdoor spacesOpen
Outdoor fitness equipmentOpen
PlaygroundsOpen
Skate parksOpen
Outdoor basketball courtsOpen

Public and Environmental Health

ServiceStatus
Public healthInspections and permits continuing with some extra social distancing measures in place

Roads, Parks and Capital Works

ServiceStatus
Roads maintenanceContinuing with extra precautions in place
Parks and open space maintenanceContinuing with extra precautions in place
Capital worksContinuing with extra precautions in place
Cleaning public placesExtra cleaning in place

Sports

ServiceStatus
Outdoor physical recreationClasses and training can resume for up to 10 people or a household - plus the trainer. Keep 1.5 metres apart, clean equipment between users and minimise sharing of equipment.
Community sportOutdoor non-contact sport can resume for adults. Outdoor sport, including contact sport, can resume for people who are 18 years and younger. Spectators only allowed for supervising children or supporting players with additional needs.
Outdoor sport facilitiesClasses and training can resume for up to ten people or a household - plus the trainer
Outdoor basketball ringsyou should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others and make sure any equipment is cleaned between users.
Personal trainingOutdoor only, up to 10 people plus trainer. Permit required.
Fitness and dance classesOutdoor only. Permit required. Up to 10 people plus instructor.

Visitor Information Centre, Seymour

ServiceStatus
Visitor Information CentreClosed

Youth Services

ServiceStatus
Youth servicesYouth room closed. Online and phone outreach continuing. Follow Mitchell Youth Services on Facebook for updates.

Waste Services

ServiceStatus
Kerbside collectionsNo change. Continue to put your kerbside bin out as usual.
Resource recovery centresOpen for residents and businesses as normal with COVID safety measures in place.
Rural collectionsIf you're in isolation and need a temporary rural collection service, please contact us on 5734 6200 to discuss options. Fees apply.

This page was last updated on 25 June 2020.