What you need to know

Covid-19

Our buildings might be closed but we are still working hard to service your needs. Customer service is still available on 03 9243 8888 or council@mvcc.vic.gov.au

 

For updated information about how to reduce your risk of Coronavirus visit the Department of Health and Human Services page.

Now more than ever it's important we #RallyMooneeValley and support local

Face masks

Update Wednesday, 22 July

From 11.59pm Wednesday 22 July you will now be required to wear a face-covering when leaving home. Read more on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

You can also find more information about masks here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19.

Council will soon receive masks to distribute to vulnerable members of our community. To find out more call Council on 03 9243 8888.

Stage 4 restrictions

Update Sunday, 2 August 2020

From 6pm Sunday, 2 August 2020, Victoria entered a State of Disaster and Moonee Valley, along with the rest of Melbourne, moved to Stage 4 restrictions. Read the Premier's statement here.

If you have any questions about these restrictions get in touch with the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 650 172.

Under the State Government’s restrictions for business which come into effect at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 5 August we may make changes to some of our programs and services.

Type your address into this map to find out what’s within a 5km radius of your home.

A curfew is now in place between 8pm to 5am every evening.

Outside these hours you can only leave your house for four reasons including purchasing food and necessary supplies within a 5km radius from where you live, exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of where you live, for care and health care and work.

Find out more about the State Government restrictions and exceptions here.

Council service updates and closures

Libraries

All five Moonee Valley Library branches will remain temporarily closed until further notice. Visit our library page for more information.

We will continue to deliver many of our programs via our FacebookYoutube and Instagram pages, so make sure you stay tuned to our social media for fun activities and important updates.

Access to your account and online resources remain available 24/7 at bit.ly/MVLCatalogue

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre

The Ascot Vale Leisure Centre will remain closed until further notice.

All memberships have been placed on a free suspension and all future bookings have been cancelled. Members can find out more about what that means for them on the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre website.

Riverside golf course

The Riverside Golf Course and Driving Range will remain temporarily closed until further notice. Find out more and stay up to date on the Riverside Golf Course website.

Transfer Station

The Transfer Station will be closed to the public, but will still be available to commercial contractors during the week. Please review the State Government’s ‘Guide for business’ to determine if your business qualifies.

Operating hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

Residential bin collection

Kerb side bin 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.

Clocktower Centre

The Clocktower Centre will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

We will continue to update on show postponements by contacting ticket holders directly, and via our website and Facebook page.

Immunisations

Our Immunisation sessions are operating but with some additional measures to protect our community. Visit the immunisation page for more information.

Maternal and Child Health Service

Our Maternal and Child Health Service will continue to provide support and assessments for families by telehealth appointments and centre visits (conditions apply).

Visit our Maternal and Child Health page for more information.

Childcare and Kindergartens

As per the State Government’s Stage 4 restrictions Early Childhood Education and Care (including Sessional Kindergarten, Long Day Care, Outside School Hours Care, Family Day Care) will be limited to providing care to children whose parents work in one of the defined permitted continuing industries and vulnerable children.

Parents and carers will be contacted directly to discuss your child’s eligibility to continue attendance.

Incinerator Gallery

The Incinerator Gallery will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Our fantastic online programs for creatives of all ages will continue on our Facebook page. You can also view our immersive online exhibitions Fluidity and Gramineae via the gallery’s website.

Parks and Gardens

Council staff will continue to undertake essential maintenance for safety and upkeep of our parks and recreational spaces while abiding by Stage 4 restrictions.

Flemington Community Centre

The Flemington Community Centre will be closed as will all other community halls and centres (refer to full list below), following emergency relief support during the Flemington Estate Hard lockdown. 

All other closures and service changes

  • Riverside Tennis and Netball Courts
  • Public tennis courts
  • Wedding and events are no longer permitted
  • Moonee Valley Athletics Centre
  • Personal trainers and other commercial training is no longer permitted
  • Niddrie Youth Hub space
  • Essendon Traffic School
  • Civic Centre Customer Service Counter
  • Neighbourhood Fitness Hubs - Avondale Heights Library exercise room
  • Shuter Street Occasional Care
  • Crown Street Stables Café
  • Playgrounds, BBQ’s, drinking fountains, outdoor gyms/exercise equipment
  • Men’s sheds
  • Rosehill Park Skate Park
  • Boeing Reserve Skate Park
  • Sports grounds and pavilions including East Keilor Synthetic Soccer Pitch - Available to community members in line with exercise restrictions outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Bowes Avenue public netball courts

Community Halls, Neighbourhood Centres and playgroup closures:

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Melbourne Social Co granted the ability to share the love

This Moonee Ponds business has used a Council grant to offer free social media training to other local businesses doing it tough
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Keeping the community together for the long stretch

Local business owner Kara Alessio has signed up to the Moonee Valley Business Guide as she takes her classes online during restrictions.
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These wonderful Moonee Valley volunteers are making masks for neighbours in need

Seventeen local residents have sewn 40 face coverings that will be donated to older members of our community.

Click below to visit our COVID-19 hardship and support package

Gallery Sketchers

Practice and refine your drawing skills in a relaxed online class with one of the Incinerator Gallery’s online art educators.

More Information

The Acts of Kindness Project

Free weekly online workshops for community members to attend or even host! Each workshop will teach you a new skill: from learning to keep your house plants happy to creative writing.

Thursdays at 6:15pm (for a limited time)

More Information

Community Coffee Clubs

Weekly phone based social support programs for people with a disability and older adults

  • Tuesday 11.00am
  • Tuesday 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 3.30pm
  • Thursday 3.30pm

More Information

To register to join a coffee club please contact access&inlcusion@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Baby Rhyme Time

Join our fabulous children's librarians for songs, stories and movement in these gentle and interactive 20 minute sessions for you and baby.

More Information

Tuesdays at 10:30am
https://www.facebook.com/mooneevalleylibraries

COVID-19 testing locations

Moonee Valley testing locations

Airport West shopping centre 29-35 Louis St, Airport West 10am - 4pm, seven days DHHS
Niddrie Community Hub 3/15 Matthews Avenue, Niddrie 9.30am - 4:30pm, seven days Cohealth Walk in
Wingate Avenue Community Shed Rear 14 Churchill Avenue, Ascot Vale (on Wingate Avenue Housing Estate) 9.30am - 4:30pm, seven days Cohealth Walk in
Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom and Langs Rds, Ascot Vale (entry via Gate 4 off Langs Rd) 9am-5pm, seven days Western Health Walk In and Drive through

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.

Moonee Valley Business grants

Our grants program is designed to support the adaption, continuation and recovery of our local community groups and local businesses. Our Grants Program will be re-opening on 10 August 2020.

Stay up to date on our grants page.

COVID-19 workplace safety plan

Mandatory for businesses that remain open in Stage 4 restrictions Find out in the State Government Guide for Businesses.

If you do need to create your COVID Safe Work Plan, it must be in place by 11.59pm 7 August 2020. Read the Business Victoria guide: Creating your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

State Government business support grant increase

State Government Business Support Grants double from $5,000 to $10,000 for Melbourne metro and Mitchell Shire.

For further information and how to apply click here.

Upcoming webinars

august

17aug10:00 amSocial Media for Beginners10:00 am Webinar, WebinarEvent Type :Business

september

10sep10:00 am3:00 pmSmall Business Mentoring Service10:00 am - 3:00 pm OnlineEvent Type :Business

16sep6:00 pm8:00 pmFinance Fundamentals6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Webinar, WebinarEvent Type :Business

KBA’s Survive & Thrive Series of Webinars

Every Monday from 1pm - 1:45pm. FREE. Register here.

Stay up to date

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Contact us

For any questions or support call 03 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au to arrange a phone consultation.

Other community information

Volunteers

We continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak as Victoria shuts down for the strictest restrictions seen as of yet during the pandemic. You can read more about what this means for volunteers on the Volunteering Victoria website.

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.

Resources available:

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 community@mvcc.vic.gov.au if you have a recommendation or feedback.

Information for young people

What we are still doing

Valley Youth programs and events are still running, although a little differently to usual. Check out their website and calendar of what's on.

Looking for a service to support young people?

Here is the Valley Youth directory