New South Wales/Victoria border closure
As part of efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus, the New South Wales Government implemented the closure of the New South Wales/Victoria border from 11.59pm on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 until further notice.
Motorists are advised that the Gonn Crossing (Murrabit) Bridge will be open between 8am and 4pm daily from Saturday, 11 July. The nearest Murray River crossings that are open outside these times are located at Koondrook/Barham and Swan Hill. Details regarding border closures can be found on this fact sheet(PDF, 1MB).
Residents who need to travel across the border may be eligible for a permit at this time. To be eligible for a permit, you must be one of the following:
- A NSW resident returning home;
- A cross-border resident;
- A member of parliament or staff member;
- A consular official;
- A seasonal worker;
- A boarding school/university student or a parent/guardian accompanying a student;
- A carer for an individual entering NSW; and
- A person providing critical services, including:
- Freight and logistics
- Maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure
- Medical or hospital care
- Mining, agriculture, construction, engineering or manufacturing
- Commonwealth defence and security services.
For more information and to apply, please view this fact sheet(PDF, 168KB) or visit the Service New South Wales website.
Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:
- Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
- Sore throat
- Fatigue or tiredness.
Who is most at risk of coronavirus?
If you have travelled overseas or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are are at highest risk of infection.
Many people will suffer only mild symptoms, however, early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disease are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
How to reduce the risk of Coronavirus?
Residents can also reduce the risk of Coronavirus by using good hygiene measures. This includes:
- Washing hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds;
- Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth;
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow;
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies;
- Phone your GP first if you need medical attention;
- Continue healthy habits, such as exercising, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep;
- Not wearing a face mask if you are well;
- Buying and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol; and
- Getting the flu shot, which is likely to be available from April.
Northern District Community Health is coordinating a COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinic. Details are available by clicking here(PDF, 318KB).
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website also has information regarding COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinics throughout the State.
If you are uncertain whether you need to be tested, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service's COVID-19 self assessment web page.
COVIDSafe was developed by the Australian Government to help keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth® technology on your mobile phone to look for other devices with COVIDSafe installed. Your device will take note of contact you’ve had with other users by securely logging their reference code. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with is diagnosed with coronavirus, the close contact information securely stored in your phone can be uploaded and used — with your consent — by state or territory health officials to quickly trace people who’ve been exposed to the virus.
To download the app, please visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website.
Council is working in partnership to lead the community’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the Victorian Government declared a State of Emergency in mid-March, Council has implemented a range of measures. These measures are outlined in the Gannawarra Relief and Recovery fact sheet(PDF, 2MB).
Council’s Community Resilience Committee, consisting of 26 agencies, is also developing the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Plan, which will guide the community’s recovery – both socially and economically.
Where can I find out more information?
Gannawarra Shire Council understands the tough circumstances our local businesses find themselves in at this time.
We would like to offer our support and assistance to navigate through the various support packages and government assistance that is currently on offer.
If you would like any assistance or would just like to talk through your current circumstances do not hesitate to contact our Business Liaison Officer, Scott Wishart on (03) 5450 9328.
The Victorian Government has developed a fact sheet(PDF, 144KB) outlining assistance available to businesses at this time.
The Business Victoria website and hotline (13 22 15) contains the most up to date information on business support and is updated as new information becomes available.
The table below contains links to the current available government assistance packages.
For regular updates as they occur remember to download the Australian Governments Coronavirus app. This app is the most up to date information available and has an Advice section containing specific information for businesses and employees.
Online learning opportunities
- The Victorian Government’s Upskill My Business Platform - developed in partnership with Deakin University, RMIT, VCCI and Fair Work Australia - provides free access to online programs, short courses and online events on topics including business innovation, cultural diversity and export preparation.
- The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering a free 12-month membership which provides access to their extensive online learning portal. More details can be found online.
Financial support for individuals
There are many resources available for individuals seeking financial support at this time. These resources include:
- The Services Australia website, which details financial and support services available;
- The Money Smart website, which features a dedicated section to financial steps you can take to look after yourself and your money at this time;
- The National Debt Hotline (1800 007 007) and website features a range of information relating to assistance available; and
- The No Interest Loan Scheme, which provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
For Victorian updates, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services or Better Health Channel websites.
For Australian updates, please visit the Federal Department of Health website.
For International updates, please visit the World Health Organisation website.
Northern District Community Health has developed a fact sheet(PDF, 2MB) identifying local support services within the Gannawarra and northern Loddon areas.
Resilient Youth Australia has developed a fact sheet - Supporting our Children and Adolescents during home-based isolation(PDF, 140KB) - that can assist at this time.
Headspace has developed a fact sheet - Balancing online schooling and working from home(PDF, 2MB) - that can assist students currently learning from home.
The MyWarra website has a range of resources for young people about Coronavirus.
Australian Red Cross has developed COVID Connect, a free service to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website has resources regarding mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Further information is also available on the Mental Health Foundation of Australia website.
If you or someone you know needs extra support during this period, please make contact with the relevant services below:
Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
Life Line - 13 11 14
Headspace (12-25 years) - 1800 650 890
Kid Help Line - 1800 55 1800
Men’s Helpline - 1300 78 99 78
1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 (Family violence information is also available on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.
Other contact details are listed on the Wellbeing Matters in the Gannawarra poster(PDF, 591KB).
Events and services impacted by Coronavirus
The following events and services have been cancelled, postponed or impacted due to Coronavirus:
Council-supported or organised events/services
Community events and facilities
Message of support
The Governor of Victoria, The Hon Linda Dessau has published a message to the community(PDF, 76KB) regarding Coronavirus.