Ararat Rural City Council - COVID-19 Response

UPDATE ON THE COUNCIL FACILITIES FOLLOWING THE RECENT CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

Ararat Rural City Council thanks the community for its support as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times. We really appreciate your help in adhering to social distancing and other measures that have helped ensure our safety throughout this pandemic.

Our hard work is now paying off, with the new ‘third step' of the COVID-19 Roadmap coming into effect from midnight 16 September. This means a wide range of changes to how council and businesses can operate in this time, which are outlined below:

Key updates of council services:

  • Public playgrounds opened from midnight 13 September
  • Further service changes regarding the opening of outdoor pools to be announced
  • Skateparks reopening

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH COUNCIL

Customer service at the 59 Vincent Street office will remain open through the new restrictions with limited staffing. Hours for visiting are from 8am - 5.15pm weekdays. A maximum of 5 people will be allowed into the reception area at any time to maintain social distancing.

Enquiries can also be made through email via council@ararat.vic.gov.au and telephone on 5355 0200 during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Payments such as pet registrations, rates and other Council fees can be made online through BPay or they can phone our staff on 5355 0200 to pay via credit card. Cheques will also be accepted by reception, or by placing the cheque with a copy of the bill in an envelope into the mailbox at the front doors of the office, at 59 Vincent Street, Ararat.

Staff will mail out a receipt once payment is processed.

Please keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates around the ongoing changes.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Ararat Rural City Council is here for our businesses throughout the COVID-19 roadmap.

Any businesses who have concerns about how they will reopen are welcome to contact the business support staff at the Ararat Rural City Council, who can help with a range of concerns, such as:

•          Facilitating business to business relationships

•          Business advice on how to reopen safely

•          Assist with lodging applications for permits, such as outdoor dining and liquor licencing

Costs of permits and liquor licencing will be waivered during this time, and we are working to help this transition be as smooth as possible for all local businesses.

Over the days, further details and assistance will become available. The patience and resilience that businesses and the wider community have shown during this time is very commendable, and we are excited to take these next steps together.

Ararat Rural City Council would like to thank all businesses in the region for their resilience and we want to extend our help as far as we can.

Further details on how council we can help are available through the COVID-19 Business Support Page.

Businesses who would like assistance are welcome to contact our staff:

•          Phillippa Cairns on 5355 0241 or pcairns@ararat.vic.gov.au

•          Tim McDougall on 5355 0264 or tmcdougall@ararat.vic.gov.au

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

COVID-19 FINANCIAL HARDSHIP GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION FORM

To download a copy of Ararat Rural City Council's COVID-19 financial hardship guidelines and application form, please click here.

 

ARARAT COMMUNITY RELIEF CENTRE

Ararat Rural City Council has established the Ararat Community Relief Centre to help residents if they have questions, concerns or needs during COVID-19 restrictions. The Centre is not a physical location to visit, but a telephone number you can call for help and advice. Our friendly staff will help put you in touch with people who can help.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CASI INITIATIVE

The Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative, or CASI, has been implemented to provide those in need with localized support during this difficult time. This initiative connects callers to a trained Australian Red Cross Volunteer who can provide psychological first aid and emotional support to callers. These volunteers can then refer them further to local community connectors. Community Connector are people located within our region and will be able to provide callers with a range of support and give them the ability to talk to a like-minded person who is in a strong position to provide tailored support. Examples of support that Community Connectors can provide are:

  • Regular support chats
  • Practical assistance, such as helping to access food and other essentials
  • Link people to social activities and groups to help with isolation

CASI network can be contacted my calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and

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COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE NEWSLETTERS

To download copies of the newsletter, click on the links below:

  • COVID-19 Community Update Newsletter 7 August 2020 – click here
  • COVID-19 Community Update Newsletter 11 May 2020 - click here
  • COVID-19 Community Update Newsletter 22 April 2020 - click here
  • COVID-19 Community Update Newsletter 10 March 2020 - click here
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Ararat Fitness Centre
Ararat Gallery TAMA 
Ararat Regional Library
Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
Ararat Town Hall
Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre
Alexandra Oval Reserve including the Alexandra Oval Community Centre
Green Hill Lake Campground

MODIFIED SERVICES

Ararat Rural City Council office

The Council office is currently open from 8am-5.15pm on weekdays, there are some modifications to the way they operate:

  • A maximum of five people in the reception area at one time.
  • Social distancing requirements in place.
  • Hand sanitiser station and sneeze guards in place.
  • Not all Council officers will be available to speak to in person as many are still working from home. Please phone the office on 5355 0200 before coming in to make arrangements.

 

    Transfer stations

    Rural transfer stations will operate on reduced hours, opening on the days and times listed below:

    • Elmhurst - Sundays 1pm-4pm
    • Lake Bolac - Wednesdays 1-5pm; Sundays 1-5pm
    • Moyston - Sundays 2-5pm
    • Pomonal - Saturdays 1-4pm
    • Tatyoon - Saturdays 10am-12pm
    • Streatham - Sundays 10am-12pm
    • Willaura - Sundays 9am-1pm​​​​

    Ararat Transfer Station will operate on reduced hours:

    • Sundays and Mondays - closed
    • Tuesdays to Fridays - 10am-1pm
    • Saturdays - 12pm-5pm

    Meals on Wheels

    This service will continue but will be staffed by Council staff members instead of volunteers.

    Community Care

    Staff will be in constant contact with clients to ensure their health, wellbeing and safety are maintained

     

    UNAFFECTED SERVICES

    Kerbside waste collections have amended hours so that staff are able to maintain effective social distancing.

     

     

    Maternal and Child Health Service

    All Maternal and child health services are available, however all patrons are required to book an appointment ahead of time.  Please phone the service on 5355 0224 to arrange an appointment or home visit.

    For more information, visit the Maternal and Child Health Webpage

    LOCAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

    Due to the Federal Government ruling that bans public gatherings, events and festivals, local event organisers will need to postpone anything planned in the coming six months. If you would like to discuss your events, please phone Council's Community and Event Coordinator Robyn Hemley on 0427 051 562.

    BUSINESS SUPPORT

    Council's Economic Development team is dedicated to working closely with businesses to cushion the blow in these difficult times and assist businesses to navigate the options available to them.  #Stongertogether 

    For information links to access advice regarding funding and health advice for businesses of all sizes, please click here