Brimbank Council is taking proactive action to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said the health and safety of the community is Council’s number one priority.
‘As we know the World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus as a pandemic.
‘Council plays a vital role in supporting our community through times like this, and will continue to monitor the situation and take advice from the government health agencies daily to adjust to new information as it becomes available.
‘Like many councils across Victoria, we’ve put in place a number of measures, ranging from cancelling events that would draw large numbers, to closing Council facilities that are high traffic zones.
‘We’ve tried to strike a balance to ensure essential services can continue in a safe and responsible manner, and make sure supports are in place for the elderly and more vulnerable in our community.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these measures but we have a duty of care to our community and staff, and need to make sure we take appropriate measures to help limit the spread of the virus and support the required social distancing.
‘In such difficult circumstances I would also ask people to look after themselves and their loved ones, take the advice of the health authorities and be patient as everyone works through what this challenging time means for them,’ Cr Papafotiou said.
Essential services, such as garbage collection, immunisation, meals delivery, personal care, roads and cleansing, parks maintenance, health and building inspections and customer service continue as normal.
To date the following actions have been undertaken:
- A number of Council events have been either cancelled or postponed
- Changes to the maternal and child health services to a phone-based service with some face to face appointments
- Planned activity groups and Council-run seniors groups, as well as all hiring of Council facilities, has been cancelled due to the high risk for these members of our community
- Large facilities such as the Sunshine & St Albans Leisure Centres, Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium, Council Libraries and neighbourhood houses, the St Albans Community Centre, Keilor Community Hub, and Brimbank Learning Futures will close to the public the end of Wednesday 18 March.
Library members can still use the online library to request books and resources, to renew library items or borrow e-resources. The Home Library Service will also continue.
Council will continue to implement other innovative ways in which to deliver services to the community during this situation.
Community members are asked to consider their face to face contact with the Council. Requests can be accommodated via a number of non-contact avenues such as telephone and online.
For further information please visit www.brimbank.vic.gov.au or phone 9249 4000.
For updated information about how to reduce your risk of coronavirus visit the DHHS website.