Closures & service disruptions

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We are in the process of making changes to service delivery in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. These changes will be regularly reviewed and are likely to change further. 

We are making decisions guided by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Health Principles developed by our Emergency Management Team.

Changes are being made to: 

  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect individual and community health
  • Reduce the impact on the health care sector and the subsequent demand on the healthcare system
  • Protect vulnerable groups and essential service staff 

Service changes

Aged & disability services

Meals on wheels Operating as normal  
Property maintenance  Operating as normal  
Property modifications Operating as normal   
Personal care  Modified service Services will be delivered to clients who wish to receive them, and who are assessed as being in high-need and who have no other suitable supports. Assessment will become predominantly phone based  with a small number of anticipated visits to assess for high-needs Personal Care and Property Maintenance. 
Individual social support  Modified service Services will be delivered to clients who wish to receive them, and who are assessed as being in high-need and who have no other suitable supports. Assessment will become predominantly phone based  with a small number of anticipated visits to assess for high-needs Personal Care and Property Maintenance.
Social support groups  Not operating   
Community transport Not operating  
Respite care  Not operating  
Domestic assistance (home care)  Not operating  

Family & children's services

Child care Operating as usual  
Immunisation Operating as usual  
Maternal & child health  Limited services  
Playgroups  Not operating  
Bookaburra  Not operating  
Early years school holiday program Not operating  
Upper Yarra Partnership program  Modified service  
Best start  Modified service  
Linking families  Modified service   
Youth service school holiday program  Modified program  Some events available online


Waste

Waste collections

Operating as normal

Our waste collectors are unable to collect bins that are located behind parked cars and cannot be grabbed by the automatic arm. 

We encourage all community members to make their bins as accessible as possible when putting them out for collection.

This ensures the safety of our waste truck drivers and of community members.

Waste & recycling centres  Operating as normal

Venues & faciilties

Community links Limited Healesville & Monbulk Community Link closed
Sports & recreation facilities Impacted Aligned to peak sporting body advice
Leisure centres and pools Closed Temporarily closed
Arts & cultural facilities Closed Temporarily closed
Libraries & museums Closed Temporarily closed
Senior citizen centres Closed Temporarily closed
 Community halls & venues for hire Closed  Temporarily closed


Other council services

Planning  Modified service  In-person counter service is closed at Lilydale, Upwey, Yarra Junction and Healesville from Monday, 23 March 2020 until further notice to reduce face-to-face contact. Phone enquiries welcome. Please call 1300 368 333.


Infrastructure maintenance   

Footpaths, drains and sealed roads:

  • Urgent requests (e.g. large potholes, blocked drains, footpath tripping hazards) will be prioritised, with non-essential requests to be actioned where time allows during the COVID-19 situation. Community members will continue to be notified of the status of their request and any relevant information.

    Some works may not be actioned until the COVID-19 situation and State Government restrictions on non-essential activity are lifted.

The following services will be continue

  • Works on unsealed roads (such as grading) and requests for services are currently continuing as normal.


Citizenship ceremonies  Cancelled  No ceremonies to be held until further notice

 

Closures

Yarra Ranges Council will temporarily close some facilities from 19 March to try to help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within its workforce and the community. 

This list will be updated as often as possible to reflect changes in State and Federal Government advice.

Libraries

All Yarra Ranges Council libraries operated in partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries will be closed from 9am on Thursday 19 March until Tuesday 14 April 2020, with the possibility of this closure being extended.

This includes Belgrave Library, Healesville Library, Lilydale Library, Montrose Library, Mooroolbark Library, Yarra Junction Library.

Community Links

Yarra Ranges Council has temporarily closed its Healesville and Monbulk Community Links.

Healesville Community Link will close as of Thursday 19 March (in line with the library closure).

Monbulk Community Link will close as of 5pm Friday 20 March.

Our Community Links at Lilydale (61-65 Anderson Street, near Coles), Yarra Junction and Upwey will remain open. 


Aquatic and recreation centres

All Yarra Ranges Council aquatic and recreation centres run in partnership with Belgravia Leisure will be closed from 9am on Thursday 19 March until Tuesday 14 April 2020, with the possibility of this closure being extended. 

This includes Lilydale Outdoor Waterplay, Seville Waterplay Park, Monbulk Aquatic Centre, Kilsyth Pool, Jack Hort Memorial Pool and Yarra Recreation Centre.

Cultural venues

All Yarra Ranges Council cultural venues will be closed from 9am on Thursday 19 March until Tuesday 14 April 2020 with the possibility of this closure being extended. 

This includes the Memo Healesville, Art Centre Warburton, Montrose Town Centre, Mooroolbark Community Centre and Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gym equipment

All playgrounds, skateparks and outside gym equipment in public places are closed, following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday, 29 March. Any bootcamp events run in public must be reduced to two people - including the trainer running the session.

Exercising outside is still currently permitted, however we encourage residents to exercise at home as a first option, and to always:

Please note: anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 should not leave their home until directed to do so by the government. 

Other facilities

Karwarra Garden will be closed from Thursday 26 March until further notice.

These are important services and Yarra Ranges Council understands the additional social and cultural role these facilities play in our community.  

We will look to find alternative and creative ways to engage and connect people over these coming weeks.

Events

In line with State and Federal Government public health advice, Council has decided to postpone all events and large gatherings organised by Council.

Events and large gatherings run by Council, are cancelled or postponed where appropriate for one month (four weeks), as of Friday 13th March 2020.

Regular reviews of this arrangement, including duration, will be made as more information is gathered. 

Council's venues will be in touch with all ticket holders to notify them of the cancellations and organise a full refund.

For information about non-Council events, please contact the event organiser.

This decision was made in response to confirmation of the first human to human transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria, and concerns about the ability of this disease to spread where individuals are within close proximity to each other, for example, in a crowded environment.

For the latest information about COVID-19, check the Department of Health and Human Services' website: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Other closures and restrictions

The State Government has announced other closures and restrictions across Victoria, including to camping areas and caravan parks.

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