Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Moyne Shire Shire Council is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and adapting our services in line with State Government guidelines.

The Department of Health and Human Services is the lead Victorian agency dealing with the coronavirus disease. For the most up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website

Support for local businesses can be found on this page

Changes to Council services at this time are listed below. 

Current status of Moyne Shire Council sites and services as at 28 May 2020

Site/service

Information subject to change depending on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Services not listed are operating as normal until further notice.

Customer Service Centres

Centres will reopen Tuesday 9 June for essential services only. Operating hours will be 8.45am – 4.45pm at both Mortlake and Port Fairy, however contact with Council is still preferred via phone or email

As per State Government guidelines most of Council’s staff continue to work from home so if you need to speak to an officer (such as a planning or environment matter) you will need to call ahead to arrange a phone or virtual appointment.

phone: 1300 656 564 (8.30am – 5pm)

email: moyne@moyne.vic.gov.au

web: www.moyne.vic.gov.au

Need to make a payment?

With our centres only open for essential business, please consider alternate methods of payment, rather than in person. Visit this page for details on how to make a payment

Playgrounds and skate-parks

Open:

Physical distancing and mass gatherings rules apply at all times.

Council kindergartens  Open
Council childcare Open

Port Fairy Community Services Centre

Changed:

Remains open for childcare and kindergarten access only. No customer service or access to meeting rooms.

Maternal and child health Changed:

Maternal & Child Health Services continue to operate.   

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released requirements for MCH services to follow to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19.

As per the DHHS recommendations service delivery will be conducted via electronic or phone consultations wherever possible and safe to do so.

A short home visit or face to face consultation will still occur if deemed clinically essential 

Young infants and new parents at key ages and stages including the first consultation, and at 2,4 and 8 weeks, and anyone with additional needs or complexity will be given priority access.

Please call (03) 5568 0516 to arrange a consultation with a MCH nurse.

IMMUNISATION SERVICES:

 

While COVID-19 is definitely front of mind for most people, it’s still very important that your children are up-to-date with their immunisations against other vaccine preventable diseases. Keeping vaccinations up to date will minimise the risk of children needing medical attention. 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released new requirements for immunisation clinics to follow to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, which we are strictly following.

As per the DHHS recommendations, Moyne Shire will be extending clinics to ensure we are meeting the requirements of social distancing.

 

The childhood immunisation clinics are currently operating from The Younger Ross Maternal & Child Health Centre, Port Fairy Community Services Centre,  and at the Terang Mortlake Health Service in Mortlake, at the Maternal & Child Health Centre.

 

Please call (03) 5568 0516 to book an appointment.
Community care Changed:

Normal service delivery. Assessments are being done virtually (by Facetime etc) as State Government has advised no physical or home assessments.

Meals on wheels Operating as normal
Senior citizens centres

Closed:

Given the strict guidelines by the State Government around the required cleaning and hygiene practises required at these venues, and recognising that many centres will be unable to perform this level of cleaning, Council will be taking a staged approach to gradually reopen these facilities. This staged reopening approach will be continually reviewed as State Government guidelines are revised. 

Seniors Centre will remain CLOSED due to the vulnerability of the groups.

Waste Collection

Operating as normal

Green FOGO bags

Can be obtained from the Killarney transfer station for $10 (Killarney is the only transfer station they are available).

Or by calling 1300 656 564 and paying $10 to get them delivered. Delivery will usually be of a Wednesday.

Transfer stations (tips)

Operating as normal

Libraries

Open:

In line with State Government guidelines and as advised by the Corangamite Regional Library Service, libraries will reopen on Monday 9 June. Social distancing and additional cleaning measures will be in place and opening hours will be advised as soon as possible. Follow them on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/CorangamiteRegionalLibraries

Port of Port Fairy

Changed:

  • No handling of cash – any exchange to be by EFTPOS, cheques.
  • Maintenance of grounds and Port facilities – areas will be isolated when works undertaken to limit contact with members of the community
  • Any critical inductions required will be done by self distancing
  • Any vessel traffic into Port will be monitored as to where they have travelled from

The following changes to the operation of the Port of Port Fairy will come in place as of 30 March:

  • Both large and small slipways closed
Council works (road works etc) Continuing as normal
Public toilets Open as normal
Mt Shadwell Quarry Open as normal
Public halls and senior citizens  Clubs

Changed: 

Given the strict guidelines by the State Government around the required cleaning and hygiene practises required at these venues, and recognising that many of our local hall committees will be unable to perform this level of cleaning, Council will be taking a staged approach to gradually reopen these facilities. This staged reopening approach will be continually reviewed as State Government guidelines are revised.  

Seniors Centre will remain CLOSED due to the vulnerability of the groups

Council-run caravan parks

Changed:

Bookings are now being taken for self-contained vehicles and cabins at Mortlake, Yambuk and Gardens caravan parks for stays from 1 June. In line with State Government guidelines, shared facilities, including amenities and camp kitchens will remain closed. Strict social distancing and increased cleaning and hygiene practises will be in place at the parks. 

The reopening of the caravan parks at Koroit, Killarney and Southcombe will continue to be reviewed in line with state government guidelines. 

Free camping  Closed:

As shared amenities are not permitted to be open, free camping sites remain closed.

 Pools Council pools already closed for the season
Local Laws   Changed: 

The Local Laws team will not be supplying Cat Traps until further notice.

Customers can still call CS staff  and be added to a register. Once we return to normal services, they will be contacted and advised when a trap is next available.

 Boat Ramps

Operating as normal:

Physical distancing and mass gatherings rules apply at all times - including at boat ramps and on board vessels.

 Sporting Facilities

Changed:

Indoor sporting venues remain closed, while outdoor venues (tennis courts, basketball courts etc), can be accessed by members of the community for general recreation (adhering to social distancing and gathering rules). For those sporting clubs looking for assistance on developing a Return to Play Plan, visit the South West Sport website: https://southwestsport.com.au/south-west-sport-return-to-play/

Visitor Information Centre

Changed:  

The VIC will continue its online and phone services for the immediate future, though a pop-up service will be offered in Port Fairy over the June long weekend.