COVID-19 Update on Council’s Services
Published on 23 March 2020
Moyne Shire Council’s Business Continuity Committee and Control Group have continued preparations over the weekend to be able to respond to announcements by the Federal and State Governments.
A number of Council services will change, including the closure of Customer Service Centres, Council-operated caravan parks and free camping sites.
Moyne Shire CEO, Mr Bill Millard, said Council was continuing to plan ahead in order to respond to escalating the COVID-19 situation.
“Council have a team dedicated to ensuring essential Council services continue,” Mr Millard said.
“While we will close our Customer Service Centres in Mortlake and Port Fairy after today, services will still be available via phone, online and email. For community members wanting to pay fees and charges in person, these can be conducted at post offices.
“The decision to close caravan parks was made in line with the Prime Minister recommending all non-essential domestic travel be cancelled.
“Council-operated caravan parks will close, with current holiday-makers told to vacate as soon as possible. Current and future bookings will be offered a refund or credit, and no further bookings are being taken.
“To further discourage visitors to the region, Council will also ban use of free camping sites, which will be enforced by our Local Laws Officers.
“Other Council services, such as aged care and Meals on Wheels continue, with some changes to service delivery.
“Council kindergartens and child care centres remain open at the direction of the Federal and State governments. Council will waive fees for those families choosing to isolate and keep their children home from child care.”
Council’s Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for 24 March 2020 has been postponed. Updates for future meetings will be provided in due course.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade urged the community to continue to support local businesses and each other.
“I urge everyone to support local businesses where possible,” Cr Meade said.
“Many local businesses are offering a takeaway or delivery service, so it is really important that we try to support local businesses during these tough times.
“I urge everyone to stay healthy by adhering to State and Federal directions of social distancing and staying away from large gatherings.
“We all need to look out for each other and support our mates where we can.”