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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus in the Wimmera Southern Mallee

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What is the regional response to COVID-19?

In this section
  1. COVID-19 Changes to Council and Commuity Services
  2. COVID-19 Business Support
  3. COVID-19 Health Resources
  4. COVID-19 Translated Fact Sheets

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event in recent history. 

On Monday 16 March, the Victorian State Government declared a State of Emergency to help combat COVID-19. On 13 April, The State of Emergency was extended for another four weeks until midnight 11 May 2020.

A slight easing of restrictions was announced on Monday 11 May, the details of which can be found here:

Gradual easing of restrictions

The Wimmera Development Association plays a key role in supporting our community during emergencies affecting the municipality, and we are constantly monitoring and responding to this situation.

Our primary focus for the foreseeable future is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19.

Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease. It is important to act now to reduce the risk of infection, reduce the spike of infections and protect our community as a whole, especially those who are more vulnerable. 

It's important to remember that this situation is changing daily.

The Wimmera Development Association will provide regular updates to keep our region informed.

Scroll down to the links below to see up to date information on service changes from council and community services as well as health information and business updates and support.

Key objectives of Wimmera Development Associations approach to the COVID-19 pandemic is to work with our local government partners to:
  • Contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Maintain a healthy workforce
  • Provide strong leadership across the municipality
  • Keep residents informed about what we are doing and why we are doing it
  • Support local health and emergency services
  • Deliver key messages in partnership with local agencies
Key messages for our community:
  • Remain calm
  • This is a significant risk to our entire community
  • We all have a responsibility to minimise the risk 
  • Social distancing and practising good hygiene is critical
If you are isolating yourself for any reason and are lacking the support you need, you can access local assistance by dialling the
'Call for Help Hotline' 1800 195 114