What you need to know
"We have a tough road ahead, but things will get better. We will get through this." - Samantha Byrne, Moonee Valley Mayor
This year is not turning out how anyone could have imagined and I sincerely hope you are doing as well as possible during these difficult circumstances.
I am proud of how we have responded in the early stages of this pandemic. We acted early, shutting facilities such as libraries and playgrounds, and while some may have seen this as an overreaction, we know it’s the cities that act early and quickly that stand the best chance of combating this virus.
I have full confidence in our team and I want to thank everyone involved.
But the battle is not over. Coronavirus has, and will continue to, impact our community both physically, mentally and financially.
We need to continue reducing community transmission by following government advice.
Having a healthy Moonee Valley is our priority and we will do whatever we can to achieve that.
Due to these uncertain times, our budget will look different to other years. There are now different priorities and I ask for the community to be understanding.
I’d also like to specifically acknowledge our businesses and I look forward to the day when we can safely pay you a visit. I have no doubt Moonee Valley will rally behind you like never before.
Please look after each other and remember physical distancing doesn’t mean you need to be socially distant. There are wonderful ways to connect including online and via telephone.
If you need anything, please reach out. If we are not the direct provider of a service, we will be able to help point you in the right direction.
Moonee Valley Mayor
What easing of restrictions means for Moonee Valley
Council venues re-opening
From 1 June
All five Moonee Valley libraries (Ascot Vale, Flemington, Niddrie, Sam Merrifield, Avondale Heights) will open their doors. No more than 20 people (including staff) will be allowed in one space. Some programs, such as storytime, will continue to be held online.
- Ascot Vale Leisure Centre pool
The swimming pool at Ascot Vale Leisure Centre will reopen. Refer to the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre website for the latest updates.
From 26 May
- 100 playgrounds, skateparks, BBQs and outdoor communal gym equipment will be open
- Riverside Driving Range
More detail can be found here.
- Personal Training in parks
Personal training in parks of groups with less than 10 participants has recommenced. Plus we're streamlining the permit approval process. Click here for more information on how to apply for a Personal Training permit.
- Gatherings for weddings and funerals in parks
Applications for weddings (up to 10 guests) and outdoor funerals (up to 30 people) have reopened. Confirmed bookings will be required to adhere to State Government and health regulations around social distancing, limited equipment and hygiene measures. Click here for more information.
- Public tennis courts
Our public tennis courts in parks have been reopened for general community use. This includes the courts at Bradshaw Street Reserve, Montgomery Park, Boeing Reserve, Debneys Park and Weather Station Park (Bowes Ave). We’re currently talking to Ascot Vale Tennis Club and coaches at Riverside Tennis about a staged reopening.
- Winter community sport
We’re working with winter sporting clubs on how to reapply for ground usage only, which will be based on already submitted winter allocations.
Read more about the easing of restrictions here.
All Council meetings are being live streamed. Updates can be found on our Council Meetings page.
Off-leash dog areas
From Thursday, 21 May 2020 the off-leash dog areas in our parks and reserves will be reopened.
As you head back to the dog parks remember to keep 1.5m between yourself and others to slow the spread of coronavirus.
- Our Immunisation sessions are operating but with some additional measures to protect our community. Visit the immunisation page for more information.
Kinders and childcare
- Following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee our kindergartens and childcare services remain open.
- To minimise risk we’re being even more vigilant with our cleaning regime including: daily bleach cleaning with a focus on touch points, stopping sensory play including sandpits, playdough and mudpits and increasing the focus on handwashing.
- We've compiled some online resources for you to use support your child learning at home.
Council updates and closures
Council venues closed until further notice
- Clocktower Centre
- Incinerator Gallery
- Flemington Community Centre
- Niddrie Youth Hub space
- Essendon Traffic School
- Moonee Valley Athletics Centre
- Civic Centre Customer Service Counter
- The Depot reception area has been closed - the Transfer Station remains open at this stage with extra safety measures in place.
- Neighbourhood Fitness Hubs - Avondale Heights Library exercise room
- Queens Park Pool
- Ascot Vale Leisure Centre
- The Riverside mini golf and restaurant
- Riverside Tennis and Netball courts
- Shuter Street Occasional Care
- All Council buildings (refer to halls, neighbourhood centres below) are closed for formal use with some exemptions for essential services & community support meetings.
We’ve cancelled the following Council-run events:
- Citizenship ceremonies will be postponed.
- A range of regular library, business and environment events and activities. Check out cancellations on our events page.
Waste collections will begin from 5am across all areas and drivers will be staggering start times and rotating in line with public safety protocols.
To keep safe, our drivers won’t be leaving their trucks to move bins. So please think twice when putting your bins out and make sure they’re not behind parked vehicles. For more information and tips on putting your bin out, check out our waste and recycling page.
Please note: to minimise the handling of cash due to COVID-19, residents are asked to use EFTPOS only when visiting the Transfer Station.
Child and Maternal Health Services
- Our Maternal and Child Health Care Centres are closed – however, appointments continue via phone and electronic consultation (zoom).
- First Parents Groups – while the physical meeting of groups has been suspended we continue our support through phone calls and the option to participate in a group via zoom.
- Breastfeeding program – face-to-face consultations have been replaced with phone and zoom consultations.
Visit our Maternal and Child Health page for more information.
During the Pandemic lockdown, the syringe chute will only be open on:
- Tuesdays from 9am – 4:30pm
- Thursdays from 9am – 4:30pm
Information for businesses
The outbreak of Coronavirus is causing economic disruption in many sectors including tourism and hospitality, education, property, resources, and international supply chains. The below information is to help you navigate the latest support available to businesses.
Applications now open for business grants!
This grants program is designed to support the adaption, continuation and recovery of our local community groups and local businesses. Find out more on our grants page.
Rent support for small businesses
Business Victorian Hotline
- Watch the Business experts speak on surviving COVID-19 webinar
- Watch the Cutting Through & Understanding the Government Stimulus Packages webinar
- Watch the Managing Staff in These Difficult Times webinar
- Watch the Business Support Webinar – Surviving & Growing through the COVID19 outbreak webinar
- Watch the Business after COVID19 – getting you back on track webinar
- Watch The Property Landscape - Present situation & market sentiment webinar (password: 5d&D8Zk@)
How will Council help you deal?
- Fast, free webinars to help you in overcoming business disruption.
- Updates for our business community, both through the MVCC website and direct correspondence - sign up for our email updates.
- Council will provide expanded support and guidance through the Small Business Engagement Officer hotline 9243 8866
- Help with ‘rates payment support plans’
For any questions or support call 03 9243 8866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a phone consultation.
Other community information
Vic Pol update
To limit the exposure to Vic Pol members, anyone from the community planning to visit a police station that suspects they have COVID-19, prior to visiting, please ring the relevant station and also seek medical advice via the DHHS Infectious Disease Hotline on 1300 651 160.
If they are attending to report a ‘non-urgent-matter please contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or report the matter online via https://www.police.vic.gov.au/palolr
Justice of the Peace have suspended coming into the Police stations. Any community members wanting documents signed/witnessed/certified etc may experience lengthy delays or have to come back at another time for Police to attend to those documents. Alternatively, they could seek out the following:
- principal of a registered school
- medical practitioner
- minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages
- bail justice
- bank manager
Health and wellbeing
To provide continued access to essential primary health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government is expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians.
From 30 March 2020, telehealth (video-conference) and phone consultations are being made available through health providers. This will allow doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals including mental health, to provide telehealth services, encourage practices to bulk bill patients and ensure patients can still access face-to-face care.
- SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness) www.sane.org – call 1800 187 263.
- VicHealth – how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic outbreak https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/be-healthy/mental-health-coronavirus
- beyondblue (anyone feeling depressed or anxious) – call 1300 22 4636 or chat online. www.beyondblue.org.au
- Black Dog Institute (people affected by mood disorders) – online help. www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
- Lifeline (anyone having a personal crisis) – call 13 11 14 or chat online www.lifelines.org.au
- Suicide Call Back Service (anyone thinking about suicide) – call 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- Reachout (ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents) https://au.reachout.com/
- Victims of crime – call 1800 819 817
- Headspace: www.headspace.com Free meditation available online - "Weathering the Storm" program available to help support the global community including calming meditations, help with sleep, and at-home workouts or movement exercises.
LGBTIQA+ Specific information on COVID-19
The health and safety of our community during the current pandemic is our number one priority. We encourage our LGBTIQA+ communities and services to stay connected and seek support during this challenging time. Here are some places where you can get support:
- Rainbow Health Vic tip sheet is a guide for services to provide safe and welcoming remote services to LGBTIQA+ communities. They have also produced a briefing paper on impacts and implications for LGBITQ communities and services.
- With Respect has a list of supports and services for LGBTIQA+ communities that may be experiencing Family Violence through COVID-19 – see the webpage.
- Broadtree Foundation is offering grants to LGBTIQA+ organisations and groups impacted by COVID-19 – see Broadtree Foundation.
- Thorne Harbour Health – has a specific page on COVID-19 updates.
- Most GP Clinics and health services are now offering telehealth services. We encourage community members to continue their regular check-ups and seek support where they can.
- COVID-19 and safe binding info sheets can be accessed here.
- Physical distancing can be very isolating – seek help if you need it. We encourage you to stay socially connected. Pick up the phone, invite friends to a video chat. We encourage you to contact QLife to talk through some of the challenges you are facing.
This list will be updated when further resources and material are released. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you have a recommendation or feedback.