Alpine Shire Council is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it continues to evolve.
We are working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other organisations to support our communities and businesses through the impacts of the pandemic, and act promptly as things change.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and we know it is an uncertain and stressful time for many.
Support is available. Contact the the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
We all play a role in working to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.
For more information contact:
- The Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline | 1800 020 080.
- Translating or interpreting services | 131 450.
- Victoria's dedicated Coronavirus Hotline | 1800 675 398.
Need help accessing food or essential services while isolating? Our Food and Essential Services Access Guide can help.
Changes to Council Services
Regional Victoria has moved to the Second Step of Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.
That means an easing to certain restrictions. Wearing masks and following COVIDSafe principles remains essential.
Step Two includes:
- Playgrounds are open
- Up to five people from two households can meet outdoors
- One nominated visitor at home if you live alone/single parent
- There are still only four reasons to leave home
- Staged return to school from Term 4
- Continue to work from home where possible
- Mandatory masks remain, unless you are medically exempt
- Hospitality takeaway and delivery
- Retail and hairdressing open
The following facilities remain closed until further notice:
- Bright Sports Centre and pool
- All skate parks, public barbecues and water fountains
- Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries - Click and Collect is still available
- All Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
- Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
- Bright Council Office - Customer Service will still be on hand to assist via phone on 5755 0555 or email email@example.com
- Council's Community Immunisation Service has ceased operation
Porepunkah, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty transfer stations will remain open and operate with their regular trading hours. Customers are required to wear a mask to attend these sites.
Important information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)
Alpine Shire Council is closely monitoring the situation and working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
For up-to-date information, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
- Reducing the risk of infection
- About the coronavirus infection
- Reducing the risk of infection
- Restrictions on movement outside of the home to slow the spread of coronavirus
Videos about coronavirus and how to help prevent its spread
- How Victorians can work together to respond to coronavirus
- Videos presented by SBS on behalf of the Federal Government
- Videos about coronavirus in other languages
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on the DHHS website including:
- What is coronavirus?
- How is coronavirus spread?
- What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
- What is close contact?
- Who is most at risk of coronavirus?
- What if I have travelled overseas?
- Should I cancel my travel plans?
- I am feeling unwell, what should I do?
- Where are the coronavirus assessment centres?
Masks for vulnerable residents
Free face masks are now available for collection by vulnerable members of the community. The Department of Health and Human Services has supplied Council with disposable masks, which will be replaced by reusable masks within the next week or so.
Masks can now be collected from pharmacies in Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty.
If you are unable to collect your masks from your local pharmacy, contact Council on 5755 0555 to make arrangements to receive your supply.
Our Maternal and Child Health Service has a supply to distribute to their clients.
These masks are available for vulnerable people in the community who meet specific criteria. Learn more about criteria.
Disposable masks are limited to seven per person. We ask that people be considerate of vulnerable people in our community, and do not use this service if you do not fit the criteria.
Vulnerable people who are using disposable masks can register their interest in receiving reusable face masks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5755 0555.
If you, or someone you know, is feeling isolated or in need of help, contact the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398 for assistance. Help is available.
Council assistance packages for residents and businesses
Council has launched a package of assistance measures to help residents and business operators survive these difficult times.
- Residential ratepayers can enter into a payment arrangement or apply for financial hardship consideration regarding rates. Each case will be assessed on individual circumstances with outcomes customised according to the need of each case.
- No interest has been raised on overdue residential rates since the Alpine Shire was impacted by bushfires early in 2020 - this will be extended to the 30 June 2020.
- An extension of the due date of the 4th rates payment installment has been put in place to 30 June 2020.
- Council will continue to maintain a vulnerable person’s register as described by the Department of Health and Human Services, Council’s Emergency Management Team will also work with partner agencies to assist the most vulnerable in our community.
Information on support for business is available on our Coronavirus Business Support page.
What is Alpine Shire Council doing in response to COVID-19?
Contact Customer Service via phone on 5755 0555 or email email@example.com.
Please check this page regularly to stay up-to-date about Council’s response to COVID-19 - this is a fast-moving, constantly changing situation.
- Council is closely monitoring the situation and working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable during times like this that people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
While it is important to stay informed, lifeline.org.au and beyondblue.org.au have some mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times. The Lifeline telephone, text and webchat services will continue as normal throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Lifeline - 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days)
- Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
- Chat online: www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm - midnight, 7 nights)
Beyond Blue has launched a dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service - call or online. Phone: 1800 512 348 (24 hours/ 7days)
- Chat online: www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support (3pm - 12am, 7 days)
- Email: online.beyondblue.org.au/email/#/send
- Get a response in 24 hours
Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800 or online
Albury Wodonga Health Mental Health Triage Service - 1300 104 211 | 24/7 Mental Health Triage Line
- Mental Health First Aid has a range of valuable resources.
- Advice from Dementia Australia for people caring for someone with dementia at home.
- Advice and resources for supporting mental health
- Tips from the Red Cross to help individuals and families maintain wellbeing and manage isolation
- ‘Taking care of yourself in isolation’ - a simple series of practical tips
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, help is available.
- Centre Against Violence - 1800 015 188 or online
- Safe Steps - 1800 015 188 or online
- Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - 1800 755 988 or online
- Victoria Police - 000
- Centre Against Sexual Assault - 1800 806 292 (24 hours)
- Child Protection Crisis Line - 1300 655 795 (Mon - Fri. 9am to 5pm) or 131 278 (after hours)
- 1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732 or online
- Men’s Referral Service - 1300 766 491 or online
Communicating with your child about COVID-19
Many parents and carers may be wondering how to talk with their child or children about COVID-19 and what information to share. Emerging Minds has a resource designed to help parents and caregivers to prepare for these conversations.
Support for specific segments of the community
People with a disability and their carers
- Medical advice, further support, and tips for keeping healthy for carers
- Carers Advisory Line on 1800 514 845 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm) or online
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
- Physical distancing, access to food and essential supplies, and other advice, emphasising cultural respect
- Play, Health and Learning at Home - About play, learning, safety and health, for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children, as well as services for parents.
- Fun activities for parents and children at home
Services for Parents
- Victorian Government services for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children.
Crisis Support for Parents
- Parent Helpline - 13 22 89 (8am to midnight 7 days a week)
Income and material support
Income support for individuals
JobSeeker Payment - A six-month supplement of $550 a fortnight for persons aged 22 to retirement age, who are unemployed or temporarily unable to work, and not in receipt of JobKeeper payment from an employer. Residence conditions and a means test apply. Assets tests have been suspended for this and several other benefits.
Special Support Payments to Centrelink Beneficiaries - Two $750 Economic Support Payments will be provided to people receiving a selection of Centrelink payments, including recipients of JobSeeker and Youth Allowance, in mid- to later March, and mid-July.
Supplements for Centrelink Beneficiaries and other Income Support - New and existing JobSeeker and selected other Centrelink recipients will receive a six-month supplement of $550 a fortnight, with no asset test or waiting periods to access the payment. Eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance has been expanded to include permanent employees who have been stood down or lost their job, sole traders, self-employed, casuals or contract workers whose income has reduced, and those caring for someone affected by coronavirus.
Emergency Relief for People in Self-isolation
The Victorian Government can provide a two-week package of food and personal care items to people in mandatory self-isolation and in need. To find out more, phone 1800 675 398.
Red Cross Emergency Relief - The Red Cross can distribute one-off packages of food and essential items to eligible persons and families on temporary visas, funded by the Federal Government.
Help Paying for Electricity, Gas or Water
The Victorian Government Utility Relief Grant Scheme provides eligible Victorians with Pensioner, Health Care or Veterans Gold cards, and who are facing financial hardship or high rental costs, with up to $650 on each utility type across a two-year period or $1,300 for those with a single source of energy. Apply to electricity, gas or water retailers.
Residential tenants or those living in a rooming house, social housing, a caravan park or specialist disability accommodation, may apply to break a lease early if the event of financial hardship.
Landlords may not evict those who wish to stay, except in the event of damage to property, criminal activity or serious violence, else if a tenant can pay rent but refuses to do so. Neither may tenants be listed on a residential tenancy database (blacklist) if they are unable to pay rent due to coronavirus.
Payment of Personal Loans, including Housing Loan Repayments
Some banks have eased conditions of repayment of loans to customers in financial hardship, including deferral or restructuring of home loan repayments.
Alpine Communities Food Access Guide
Alpine Health has compiled an Alpine Communities Food Access Guide to support all community members to access local food.
Included are contact details of emergency food relief services in each Alpine township, as well as links to local food producers, food outlets, community gardens and food swaps.
Advice and assistance for workers
- Leave, standing down employees, workers’ rights - Information from the Fair Work Ombudsman about employment rights and entitlements, paid and unpaid leave, standing down employees, finding work and flexible work arrangements.
- Information for Workers who are Migrants or Visa Holders
- JobSeeker Payments - See details under heading ‘Income and material support’ above
Federal Government Economic Assistance
The Australian Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of coronavirus.
The Government’s economic response targets three areas:
This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.
- Income support for individuals
- Payments to support households
- Temporary early release of superannuation
- Temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown rates
- Reducing social security deeming rates
Support for Businesses
Hotline help for businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts
A hotline is available for businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.
In addition to calling the Business Victoria hotline, business operators can also find information at business.vic.gov.au.
Council has a dedicated Coronavirus Business Support page, which is regularly updated with information, opportunities for support and important resources.
Information in other languages
- From the State Government - Written information about coronavirus in over 40 community languages, including: Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Hazaragi, Khmer, Pasto, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
- From the Commonwealth Government - Further translated information about coronavirus.
- From the SBS - Translations and videos from SBS.
- From Health Translations - Translated information about Coronavirus provided by ‘Health Translations’ in various languages.