Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians

What is the Northern Grampians Shire Council doing in response to COVID-19?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event in recent history. 

On Monday 16 March, the Victorian State Government declared a State of Emergency to help combat COVID-19. On 13 April, The State of Emergency was extended for another four weeks until midnight 11 May 2020.

A slight easing of restrictions was announced on Monday 11 May, the details of which can be found here:

Gradual easing of restrictions

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced on 31 May, the State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59pm on 21 June 2020.

This extension will allow the Victorian Government to continue to enforce strict physical distancing and isolation requirements, as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer relating to businesses, working from home, mass gatherings and recreational activities.  

The Northern Grampians Shire Council plays a key role in supporting our community during emergencies affecting the municipality, and we are constantly monitoring and responding to this situation.

Our primary focus for the foreseeable future is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19.

Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease. It is important to act now to reduce the risk of infection, reduce the spike of infections and protect our community as a whole, especially those who are more vulnerable. 

It's important to remember that this situation is changing daily.

The Northern Grampians Shire Council will provide regular updates to keep our community informed.

Scroll down to the links below to see up to date information on service changes from council and community services as well as health information and business updates and support. 

Our Objectives

Key objectives of Northern Grampians approach to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Maintain a healthy workforce
  • Provide strong leadership across the municipality
  • Keep residents informed about what we are doing and why we are doing it
  • Support local health and emergency services
  • Deliver key messages in partnership with local agencies

Our Message

Key messages for our community:

  • Remain calm
  • This is a significant risk to our entire community
  • We all have a responsibility to minimise the risk 
  • Social distancing and practising good hygiene is critical

 

Our Partnerships

Northern Grampians Shire Council has partnered with local community leaders and service providers to provide you with the most up-to-date local information about how COVID-19 is affecting our community. 

We are in constant contact with healthcare and education providers, emergency services, tourism bodies, business support networks, and more to make sure you know exactly what's going on in our community. 

 

COVID-19 Cases in NG Shire

See the latest State Government Data Here 

Step 1.Friday 29 May

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has released data showing there are no active cases of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians and three cases recorded during the course of the pandemic. The forth case has been removed from the State Government's epidemiological data accessible via the link above. 

Step 2.Tuesday 26 May

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has released data showing there is one active case of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians and four cases recorded during the course of the pandemic.  

Step 3.Thursday 7 May 

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has released data showing there are no active cases of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians and three cases recorded during the course of the pandemic.  

Step 4.Monday 30 March

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has recorded three cases of coronavirus in our region.

Step 5.Friday 27 March

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a second case of coronavirus in our region.

Step 6.Wednesday 25 March

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services confirmed there is a single case of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians Shire area.


Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, said residents should be alert but not alarmed and continue to look out for the health of  themselves and others. 

“While we would ideally like to avoid this pandemic completely, that is not realistic,” he said. 

“What we can do, however, is to continue to follow the advice of medical experts, increase our hygiene practices, and ensure we all adhere to social distancing measures to slow the spread as much as possible."

“We are a strong community and one that will not be broken by this virus. Follow the advice to stay home when you can, limit contact with others, and be sensible, rational, and compassionate.”

The Northern Grampians Shire Council will provide regular updates to keep our community informed in the sections below. Ensure you are receiving your COVID-19 information from reputable sources. 

Some council services and facilities will be suspended or closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians.

Click here to see the full list of changes to council services

Some services, facilities, and businesses in the Northern Grampians will be changed, suspended, or closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus. 

Click here for a list of altered community services

Council is here to help businesses in the Northern Grampians to navigate the assistance and support announced by governments and other industry sectors. 

Click here for information on business support

Information and resources to keep healthy and protected during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Click here for access to up-to-date health resources