A message from the Mayor - COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, the health and wellbeing of our community is more important than ever.

25 March 2020

We are working together to adapt to the constantly changing environment of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian and Victorian Governments are doing their best to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus.

We need to make unprecedented decisions to keep our communities safe.

We have heard a very strong message from the Prime Minister and Premier calling for measures designed to keep us safe, including business shut downs and travel limitations.

We are now actively discouraging visitors to all towns within the Alpine Shire, including Myrtleford, Porepunkah, Bright, Wandiligong, Harrietville and Mount Beauty.

We understand our local businesses, already struggling after the January 2020 bushfires, are hurting right now.

We understand that money spent by visitors in our towns could help to ease some of the pressure that many people are under.

However, for the safety of our community, we ask all visitors to go home. Soon enough this situation will pass and we will open our doors and welcome you again.

Our local health service won’t be able to care for large numbers of people if there is an outbreak.

Any transportation of infected patients to a hospital places strain on our limited ambulance services, as they then need to be properly cleaned before being available again.

For the sake of the vulnerable - the immune-compromised, our older residents, those who are already unwell - do the right thing.

As people make their way out of town, please be kind and treat each other with respect. At the supermarket, on social media, at work and in the broader community, please remember - we’re all in this together.

And we will get through this together, as a community, and come through it stronger than ever. 


Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper

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