Towong Shire

Coronavirus / COVID-19

The Victorian Government announced that from 11.59pm on Wednesday 117 February Victoria will move to COVIDSafe Summer Directions.

For full details visit the Coronavirus Victoria website.

COVID Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398 ‚Äď open 24 hours, 7 days. Please use Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

How we are Responding

  • We are working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and monitoring regular health alerts to identify and implement appropriate measures to support staff and the community.
  • Our Senior Management Team is meeting regularly to assess state and federal communications and directives, progress actions and determine communication requirements.
  • We are liaising with other local government agencies including the MAV, neighbouring Councils, and DHHS.

Council Staff

  • ¬†Council staff have been asked to work from home where possible.

Council Offices - Tallangatta and Corryong

Upper Murray Community Recovery Hub - Corryong

Visitor Information Centre - Corryong

Libraries 

  • Tallangatta Library and Corryong Elyne Mitchell Library are open.
  • Click, Call and Collect services continue to operate.

Kindergartens

  • Tallangatta, Bellbridge and Corryong Kindergartens remain in operation with appropriate protocols in place in line with the¬†latest requirements and advice.¬†
  • If you think a child, student or staff member may have the coronavirus please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Long Day Care and Before and After School Care

  • Long Day Care and Before and After School Care continues to operate with appropriate protocols in place in line with the¬†latest requirements and advice.¬†
  • If you think a child, student or staff member may have the coronavirus please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Maternal and Child Health Nurses

  • As an essential service, Maternal and Child Health Nurses continue to operate however social distancing will be in place and practices such as phone or video appointments will be implemented wherever possible.¬†Additional cleaning will also be implemented between clients.
  • Corryong Supported Playgroup and Parent's Group continue to operate with appropriate protocols in place¬†in line with the¬†latest requirements and advice.
  • Contact your Maternal or Child Health Nurse directly to find out more.

Resource Recovery Centres, Landfill and Waste Collection

  • Our Resource Recovery Centres and Landfill are open.¬†
  • Kerbside waste collections will continue as normal.

Parks, Playgrounds, Skate Parks and Public Toilets

  • Public parks, playgrounds, skateparks and toilets are open.

Swimming Pools

  • Swimming pools are open.

Parks and Gardens Maintenance

  • Parks and Gardens Maintenance will continue to operate as normal.

Ranger Services

  • Ranger Services will continue to operate as normal.¬†

Road Maintenance and Inspections

  • Road Maintenance and Inspections will continue to operate as normal.

COVID-19 Hardship Policy

  • We know that these are difficult times for everyone and 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 by providing greater 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.

Financial Support

  • The Australian Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of the Coronavirus. For details visit¬†https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

Mental Health Support 

Following the traumatic situation of the bushfires and now combined with Coronavirus, it is normal to feel scared, overwhelmed, anxious and confused. Anyone directly or indirectly affected by the fires can have these feelings. If these feelings are affecting you, it is important that you seek help. It has been shown that early treatment of these symptoms can effectively help to reduce the risk of future mental health issues.

Some wonderful advice and resources can be found through the following websites:

Support is also available over the phone, including:

  • Bushfire Counselling | 1300 514 811
  • Corryong Health | 02 6076 3200
  • Lifeline Bushfire Helpline | 13 43 57¬†
  • MensLine Australia | 1300 789 978
  • Beyond Blue | 1300 224 636

Support for Businesses

  • Businesses across the state 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.¬†
  • In addition to calling the Business Victoria hotline, business operators can also find information at¬†business.vic.gov.au.

Related Information

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - APRIL 6 (PDF 601 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - APRIL 13 (PDF 885 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - APRIL 20 (PDF 852 KB)

Last updated: 17 February 2021