Wodonga Council

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Your safety is our priority.

Wodonga Council wants to assure its community that it is business as usual at this time for many of its operations during the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The safety of our community and our staff are always our top priority. 

If you have cold or flu like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, even if these are mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.

Current situation and restrictions

  • There are coronavirus exposure sites across Victoria. If you, or your friends or family, went to any of the exposure sites listed here at the times shown, please follow the advice given for that particular site.
  • The current lockdown has been extended for another seven days until Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm. This means that you can only leave your home for the following five reasons: 
  1. Getting the food and the supplies you need 
  2. Exercising for up to two hours 
  3. Care or caregiving 
  4. Work or education if you can’t do it from home 
  5. To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location. 
  • Shopping and exercise must be done within 5kms of your home or the nearest location. 
  • Face masks must be worn at all times indoors (except at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces, and secondary schools.
  • Students will continue to learn from home, but schools are open for vulnerable students and children of essential workers. Early learning centres are open. See more information on restrictions for schools at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/current-covidsafe-settings-victorian-schools
  • From Wednesday 21 July, more students with disability will be able to return to on-site learning. Where a parent or carer indicates that a student with a disability cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, the school must provide on-site learning for that student. This change will apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
  • Getting vaccinated helps protect you from getting sick from COVID-19. The vaccines being used in Australia are very effective at preventing serious illness and loss of life from COVID-19. Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Check here for your eligibility at health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16+ are eligible to be vaccinated.
  • Checking in at venues and facilities helps with contact tracing and keeping Victoria safe. When you check-in, you create a record of the time and date you visited a venue. This means that if there is a COVID-19 outbreak, contact tracers can quickly access your contact information and get in touch with you if you’ve visited a public exposure site. This helps stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Learn more about QR Code at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checking-in-qr-codes

If you have any questions or need further information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au OR call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 – for an interpreter, press 0 (zero).

Further restrictions

Red Zone Permits temporarily paused

Due to the serious and persistent nature of the risk in NSW, the Chief Health Officer will temporarily pause the issuing of Red Zone Permits from 11:59pm on Tuesday 20 July for two weeks. The decision will be reviewed in a fortnight.

For at least the next two weeks, Victorian residents in red zones, including the ACT, will require an exemption to enter the state – and these will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

A person will still be able to enter Victoria from a red zone if they are aircrew, listed on the Specified Worker List, or transiting through Victoria to another jurisdiction.

If people enter Victoria from New South Wales without an exemption, they will be put on a return flight or placed in 14 days mandatory quarantine. Fines of $5,452 may be imposed if a person is found to have entered Victoria from a red zone without a permit.

Additions to Authorised Premises and Authorised Worker List

Minor changes will be made to the Authorised Premises and Authorised Worker List to include services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times.

This includes outside construction, outdoor building and maintenance work (including outdoor renovations, outdoor cleaning and solar installations), landscaping and gardening, pet grooming mobile services and pamphlet delivery services.

Further details will be published the Coronavirus website soon.

Support packages

The Victorian Government has announced a range of new supports to bolster communities and businesses most affected by the current restrictions.

An injection of $282.5 million means 90,000 businesses and sole traders will now share in up to $484.3 million in support for the 12 days of the current restrictions.

In summary:

  • Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 recipients will receive $4,200, taking total payment to $7,200.
  • Eligible Business Costs Assistance Package Round Two recipients will receive $2,800, taking total payment to $4,800.
  • Businesses that had not previously applied, or have become eligible to apply, will be welcome to apply for July lockdown support payments and will be considered outside the automatic top-up process.
  • The vast majority of microbusinesses not registered for GST will be eligible for the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Disaster Payment of $600/$375 per seven-day period. Our department will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access support.
  • Alpine businesses that were eligible for grants of up to $15,000 will receive an extra $3,000 through a fresh $1.2 million injection, on top of any entitlements under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or Business Costs Assistance Package Round Two.
  • Eligible public events and public events suppliers affected by lockdown will receive support of up to $25,000 and $10,000 respectively through an extension of the Impacted Public Events Support Program.
  • A new round of Live Performance Support programs will provide up to $7,000 for presenters and up to $2,000 for suppliers.
  • The Sporting Clubs Grants Program will provide $2,000 grants for community sport and active recreation organisations for events unable to proceed.
  • The Victorian Government has provided almost $7 billion in direct economic support for businesses over the course of the pandemic, including more than $500 million through the May/June restrictions period. Some $180 million was paid on 19 and 20 July 2021 to more than 86,000 Victorian businesses eligible for the first five days of the current lockdown.

More information about businesses support is available at business.vic.gov.au.

Learn more about the council's rates payment information at wodonga.vic.gov.au/About-Council/Rates/Payments 

Support Resources

Isolation and quarantine - financial and other support

Financial support

Financial support for coronavirus (COVID-19): coronavirus.vic.gov.au/financial-and-other-support-coronavirus-covid-19

Mental health support

Support for specific groups in the community

  • Support for international students: International Students Newsletter, City of Melbourne
  • Support available for individuals and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, regardless of visa or residency status: cohealth.org.au/family-recovery-program

Social and wellbeing support for youth

Other relevant links

Victorian Government website

Find all the information and advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and what they're doing to assist during COVID-19.

Visit the DHHS page.

Your health and wellbeing

Staying physically active and mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic is important. 

See the tips and who to contact if you're feeling unwell.

Coronavirus Health Line

The national health line is 1800 020 080. Victoria's dedicated Coronavirus hotline is 1800 675 398. 

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Report a COVID-19 breach happening now on the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

Report a breach that has already occurred at https://onlinereporting.police.vic.gov.au

Kindness is catching

Showing a little kindness can go a long way.

Together with AlburyCity we've created the #KindnessIsCatching campaign asking all border residents to look out for your neighbours - particularly those who are most vulnerable - and show community spirit.

Get involved here