Victoria’s Chief Health Officer announced modest easing of restrictions from 28 September, 2021.Restrictions on outdoor social interaction and gatherings, outdoor exercise and the distance people can travel from their home are still in place, with some changes.
My poem can be read as a reference to the rubbish that goes into the bin but it also refers to the COVID virus and the message is that we want it gone. By Jenny Reddin
Showing off my "Put Out Your Poetry" haiku sticker before putting out our rubbish bin with it on for the first time. By Amanda Hetherington
Isolation haiku posted on bin. By Michael Anderson
Working from home since mid-March I have been most connected to my colleagues via Zoom Webex and Teams. This haiku poem came easily to my mind as I sought to participate in YRC’s poetry project. My bin looks much better for it! By Bronwyn Roberts
It is a poetic reflection of some of my musings during Lockdown. When the opportunity arose to submit my reflection in the recent Haiku initiative by the council I took the opportunity to submit this piece. By Maria Zettl
Put Out Your Poetry initiative by Shire of Yarra Ranges during wearisome lockdown.
A slow moment of wonder.
By Farida Zaveri
Writing poetry is a perfect way to summarise a few COVID 19 experiences. By Merry Johnston
This is a picture of myself and the haiku sticker you kindly sent me now in our bin. My submission of a haiku became 256 on your gallery. By Paul Gallagher
Seeing the empty playgrounds was really hard during lockdown, especially when they were wrapped in tape to let everyone know they were 'out of bounds.' When they were finally reopened ..... to witness the excitement, happiness and laughter from the children- and their parents..... it was a beautiful thing. By Lisa Dalboni
#putoutyourbins. By Julie Gilder
My first ever published poem, even if it is on a rubbish bin. By Kerry Davies
Our wonderful neighbours & I were doing a bin night song each Wednesday but unfortunately, that had to stop with Stage 4 Lockdown! We are looking forward to more bin shenanigans when we’re allowed. By Thelma Asbury
Sharing our sticker that arrived. By Kate Harrison
Received my pink sticker today, so I stuck it on and smiled for a happy snap. I am smiling! At least the dogs are smiling.
#poutoutyourpoetry. My experience for the last 6 months has been my pet rabbit loving me working from home. He sits at my feet most days. By Tracey Higgins
By Fotoula Reynolds
I put out my poetry! Writing a haiku, receiving my sticker, and sticking it to my bin was the easy part. Waiting for the truck to come around, lurking in the bushes to take a photo was harder, but a lot of fun. I think the truck drivers enjoy the notoriety! By Karen Meuleman.
Community support in Badger Creek
Contact free pick up at Baroona Produce store in Yarra Junction
Launching Place nursery offers contact free shopping
Social distancing in Yarra Junction
Very quiet in the centre of Warburton
"After the storm, there will be a rainbow" – signs spotted in Mooroolbark
Tony from the Olinda Tea House handing over a donation of surgical masks to Andrew from the Philanthropic Collective to distribute to the community in April.
Le Marche Sassafras – no taste testing of the beautiful fudge but business starting to return to normal following the first lockdown. By Alex Gerner
When we hadn't seen our Nanna, who we normally hugged daily, we needed to reach out to her. We rainbow-bombed her house! It was so much fun that we did more.
Covid 19 Pollution by Rachael Rose
Healesville main street during lockdown by Karen Meuleman
Image of restriction signing by Jacinta Birchall
Council appointed cleaning staff wiping the touch points of the museum entrance as part of the COVID-19 anti-virus program. Image by Patrick Watt
Debra Kelly has a hair studio in Olinda which she had to shut during the lockdown. With the help of a friendly landlord, she has set up a dried flower shop, collaborating with local florists and artists. By Alex Gerner
The Deli Platter – open throughout for takeaway, home delivery, etc. Store used to have seating inside for café service, now it’s just benches with produce. By Alex Gerner
We are all in this together. The Grand Hotel, Healesville. By Elysa Sorahan
Proserpina Bakehouse sign. By Alex Gerner
A social distancing sign at a cafe in Healesville. By Elysa Sorahan
A socially distanced queue in Healesville. By Elysa Sorahan
Covid signage and hand sanitiser at Nancy's of the Valley. By Jenny Davies
Gladysdale Tennis Club. By Jenny Davies
No self service. By Elysa Sorahan
Signage at Taste, Warburton. By Jenny Davies
A Rainbow Trail sign in Mooroolbark. By Kara Green
Social distancing sign at the Yarra Glen Chocolaterie. By Alex Gerner
Verso Books sign. By Elysa Sorahan
Yering Station hand sanitiser. By Alex Gerner
Agnes (Helen) Gamble, a Meals on Wheels recipient. Enjoying some choctops! By Kara Green
A house Chirnside Park participates in the Rainbow Trail. By Kara Green
Bears for the kids – Edinburgh Rd, Lilydale. By Marita Hearne
Salvos, closed during lockdown. By Karen Meuleman
The new normal?
Physically distancing whilst staying social. Residential fence, Mount Evelyn. By Caroline Drury
Feeling vulnerable and sad...A sign of the times, when I suddenly became aware of what was in my car today, masks hanging on each side of the steering wheel & hand sanitising wipes in the console, it wasn’t a comfortable feeling.
Staff, volunteers, clients and their carers and families all felt very isolated and disconnected from Caladenia and each other when lock down first started. Through innovative programs and lots of creative thinking we have all reconnected, culminating in this large-scale visual reminder that we all continue to be together.
First day of compulsory mask wearing in Melbourne, lucky it’s cold and we can keep our faces warm!
A team following safety measures
A heartwarming sign at Yarra Glen Primary School
A house in Yarra Glen joins the 'rainbow trail'
A playground closure sign in the Yarra Ranges
A sign at Valley Views retirement village in Lilydale encourages residents to socialise safely
Be Kind stickers are printed at Signzone in Lilydale
Bell Real Estate's Anzac Day window
Dooloney's Chippery in Millgrove's closed sign reads: gone fishin'
Herd Bar & Grill in Healesville's takeaway sign
Trying to wear a mask and a dummy at the same time!
How to wear a mask with style!
Mater Christi College in Belgrave hang a rainbow sign to welcome back students
Wearing masks can be colourful and coordinated
Safety bollards in Lilydale Marketplace
First walk with the dog and face mask! By Kate Williams
Making the most of the small moments - like making custom matching face masks with your partner. Only to walk around the block. By Gareth Hart.
The strange experience of seeing the seats and tables of the dam off limits with yellow tape. It all felt a little surreal in the cold wintry weather (at Maroondah Dam, Healesville). By Michelle Redman
Signs in the Lions Den Op Shop window, Healesville.
Some fun photos in the Lions Den Op Shop window, Healesville.
For the first time in 17 years Quirky closed its doors and will not open them for six weeks. It has been a very emotional and anxious time. The locals have supported me in various ways. Bringing home made jams or cakes and coffee or a chat and a laugh. Asking if I am okay and supporting me emotionally through this. Buying masks or face coverings. It has been a ghost town but friends and locals have been superb. I miss the physical contact and seeing human faces in all their shapes and forms. By Jak Soprano
A friendly reminder on Swansea Rd
A fun display for passers by
A social distancing message
A social distancing reminder
Belgrave Pool has reopened but masks are required until you hop in the water
Even the trees in Upwey wear masks
Friendly creatures in Upwey
Gracious Grace in Lilydale is excited to welcome customers back into their cafe again
Knights Fabric Shop, Lilydale
Misfit activities are all online
Montrose Fish and Chippery is grateful to its customers
Nail salons can finally open again but there are special screens in place
Opening doors with our elbows
Queuing for the shops to finally open on 28th October
Some of the Upwey locals
Spreading optimism in Upwey
Textile Offcuts in Lilydale is open again
The click and collect signs can finally come down
Window filled with rainbow hearts
Yarra Valley Cycles reminding its customers to stay safe
Yarra View Garden Centre is happy to be reopening
'Some days the roads were so quiet. We’d pass more people going for a walk or a bike ride, but the traffic had decreased. It was lovely'. – Leah Burgess
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Trees and clean up
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