COVID - 19 update 2 - statement from Mayor Libro Mustica

Published on 30 March 2020


Council is working hard to support our communities across the shire as we work to provide essential services and deal with the changing world of COVID-19.

As this situation is unprecedented, we need to be adaptable and responsible – our pandemic planning team are continuing to meet daily to review any new information that comes to hand and respond accordingly.

Everyone has a role to play in protecting yourself and your family and indeed the community at large, and there is no better way than to start with your personal health and stay at home except for essential trips for food and medical provisions.

As many of our residents are living alone and in some cases are isolated, please be a good citizen and do the right thing, check on your neighbour or the elderly and let them know they are not alone.

Our Economic Development, Maternal and Child Health and Community teams are speaking directly with businesses, health centres and residents and working hard to put measures in place to buffer the impact this pandemic is causing where we can.

Council is actively working with ratepayers who have requested payment plans be put in place to assist with rates and other charges.

We are also working with people who already have payment plans in place and revising those plans if required.

We are encouraging anyone who would like to discuss setting up a payment plan or who is in financial difficulty to call us and we will work with you to achieve a satisfactory result.

We are hoping that other levels of government will respond to calls for rate relief packages so that Council can continue to fund the many services and facilities that we all rely on.

Our Customer Service Centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga are now closed for the foreseeable future, however you can still easily contact us in several ways – request a service or pay a bill via our website, email us at or give us a call on (03) 5871 9222.

Unfortunately, council buildings, reserves and infrastructure have had to close including the sports stadium in Cobram, the Numurkah Aquatic and Fitness Centre, the Yarrawonga Splash Park, recreation reserves, playgrounds, skate parks and public


Three of our smaller transfer stations have also closed for the foreseeable future – Tungamah, Yabba and Strathmerton.

The latest advice is we have potentially months of restrictions as we head towards winter, so if we all play our part we will be better placed to recover from the health and economic impacts that are now unfolding globally and locally.

For all Council updates please go to our website

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