Council the central point for local COVID-19 updates and information

Published on 25 March 2020

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In the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, council will be your main point of contact to stay up to date with the latest developments and changes in our community. 
Northern Grampians Shire Council has partnered with leaders of our community services and business providers to ensure everyone in the community can stay informed in a cohesive and simplified way. 
A dedicated COVID-19 section of council’s website has been created to form a central portal and single contact point for the community to access information and updates about how the response to the virus is affecting different parts of the community. 
Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, said by providing a unified and centralised location for updates council and providers can limit misinformation and connect directly with the community. 
“By lending our resources and reach to the wider community, council can help keep providers, businesses and communities connected during this crisis,” he said. 
“While we  are all doing our bit to reduce the speed of the Coronavirus, council also has a responsibility to limit the spread of misinformation as well.”
“Council can provide this leadership and assistance to the community to keep people safe and informed on how to protect themselves and their communities.”
“We are all going through this together and many in our shire are facing a very tough time and this is one way council can help by bringing these important updates together and working alongside community leaders for the benefit of the community.” 
“It is up to the people of our wonderful region to help each other, look out for each other, share this local information and make sure everyone is correctly informed on our local situation, practise good hygiene and look out for vulnerable members of the community.” 
“We are a resilient people in the Northern Grampians and we need to support each other now.” 
Council is committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and urges everyone to follow the guidelines on social distancing, increased hygiene, and caring for the vulnerable in our community. 
Good hygiene includes:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

Social distancing includes:

  • Sanitise your hands wherever possible, including entering and leaving buildings
  • Use tap and pay rather than handling money
  • Try to travel at quiet times and try to avoid crowds
  • Public transport workers and taxi drivers should open vehicle windows where possible, and regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces
  • Avoid coming into contact with other people, including the 1.5 metre distancing guidelines

Visit for updates to council and community services as well as business support.
For the latest in health and safety information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services Website. 
If you have specific concerns relating to the Coronavirus, contact the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

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