Statement from Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison

Posted Thursday 27 May, 03:03pm

Shape Victorian health authorities have announced a seven-day lockdown for Victoria, this includes Ararat Rural City Council.  New restrictions come into force at 11:59pm tonight (27 May).   

There are now only five reasons to leave your home - shopping for essential food and supplies; essential work; medical care and caregiving; limited exercise; and to get vaccinated. 

The past 18 months has not been an easy period for any of us. It’s been especially tough for businesses, the elderly and those that are isolated and socially vulnerable.  

Just when it seemed like we were returning to our normal way of life, we find ourselves again in lockdown. We’ve shown before that we need to be vigilant about this deadly virus, and remember, that despite this challenge we are always stronger together. 

We will get through this - vaccines are our best defence against the coronavirus and if you are eligible, please make an appointment to get the jab. It’s not only the best way to protect yourself but to look out for those around you. 

Please be respectful to essential workers that remain on the front line. This includes our vital healthcare staff, supermarket workers, community support volunteers and childcare teachers. 

In line with the public health advice, several Council services and facilities will be closed to the public. 

This includes all aquatic and leisure facilities, customer service centres, Council offices, libraries, Ararat Town Hall, Ararat Gallery TAMA, and Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre.  

Home care support, meals on wheels and maternal child and health services remain, bin collections will also continue. If there are changes to existing appointments or operating procedures, staff will contact you directly to discuss this with you. 

There are now several locations within Ararat Rural City where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To make a booking, call one of the clinics below: 

  • For East Grampians Health Service, Elmhurst Bushing Nursing Centre, Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre, and Willaura Healthcare, call (03) 5352 9363 

  • Ararat Medical Center, Ph: (03) 5352 2311  

  • Tristar Medical Group Ararat, Ph: (03) 5352 1555 

Council has established a Community Relief Centre to help vulnerable residents or anyone needing assistance because of COVID-19 restrictions.   The Centre is available by phone to provide help and advice on 03 5355 0980. 

Stay safe and look out for one another. Let’s hope that by following the restrictions as best we can that we will soon be able to return to normal.