The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge global impact. To stay safe in Towong Shire, it's important to understand what restrictions are in place and how they impact your usual activities.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398 – open 24 hours, 7 days.
Lockdown across regional Victoria
Regional Victoria entered lockdown from 1pm Saturday, 21 August until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.
All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – have been implemented across regional Victoria
Under the restrictions, there are five reasons to leave your home:
- Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
- Care and caregiving, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
- Exercise, for up to two hours and no more than 5km from your home (with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household)
- Authorised work and permitted study
- To get a COVID-19 vaccination
Changes to Council services during this time are detailed below:
- Offices in Tallangatta and Corryong – Closed, Customer Service be contacted on 1300 365 222 or email@example.com
- Upper Murray Community Recovery Hub – Closed, can be contacted on 1800 518 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visitor Information Centres – Closed, can be contacted on 1300 365 222 or email@example.com
- Libraries – Closed, however click and collect service are available
- Maternal and Child Health – Open to parents of newborns or at-risk babies and children
- Kindergarten and Childcare Services – Open to children with parents who are authorised workers and vulnerable children
- Environmental Health, Building and Planning – Essential inspections only, appointments by phone
- Resource Recovery Centres – Operating as normal
- Waste Collection – Operating as normal
- Parks and Garden Maintenance – Operating as normal
- Ranger Services – Operating as normal
- Road Maintenance – Operating as normal
- Swimming Pools – Closed
- Playgrounds and skateparks - Closed
How we're responding to COVID-19
Towong Shire Council is responding to the pandemic by:
- working closely with the Department of Health and monitoring health alerts to support our staff and community as best we can
- holding regular Senior Management Team meetings to assess government directives and determine how to communicate them most effectively
- liaising with other local government agencies, including the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and neighbouring councils
- asking Council staff to work from home where possible.
Support for communities and businesses
COVID-19 Hardship Policy
We know these are difficult times for everyone. The impact on the economic wellbeing of our communities will be significant.
The COVID-19 Hardship Policy, introduced by Council at the April meeting, will help ease the pressure for those facing financial hardship. It will provide more flexibility through payment plans or deferment, without interest being applied.
Please contact our Property and Rates team on 1300 365 222 to discuss an option that works for you.
The Australian Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses during the pandemic. For details, visit the Treasury's website.
Mental health support
After the trauma of the bushfires, and with the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's normal to feel scared, overwhelmed, anxious and confused.
If you're feeling this way, help is available. Treating these symptoms early can reduce the risk of future mental health issues.
Advice and resources can be found through the following services:
- Beyond Blue
- Head to Health through the Australian Government
- Bushfire Counselling | 1300 514 811
- Corryong Health | (02) 6076 3200
- MensLine Australia | 1300 789 978
Support for businesses
Businesses can quickly access the latest information on COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15. The hotline provides the latest advice on how to keep workplaces and employees safe, as well as the latest requirements on events and indoor gatherings.
You can also find information on Business Victoria's website.
Find out more
For more information on COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic, visit: