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Mayor's Message: COVID-19 Update

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Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - 5:15pm

The recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Golden Plains Shire and our surrounding region is a stark reminder that we all need to remain vigilant in following the Department of Health and Human Service's health and hygiene practices.

I strongly encourage everyone to continue their good work in helping prevent the spread of this virus. We are now fairly used to practicing physically distancing of 1.5m from each other, frequently washing hands with warm water and soap, and proper cough and sneeze etiquette. More recently, us regional Victorians have been recommended to wear face masks in public when we cannot physically distance in a location, such as when we visit the supermarket or travel on public transport into Geelong or Ballarat.

Most importantly, if you are feeling unwell, please get tested, and remember, if you get a test, you must remain at home until you get a negative result. If you are unsure where to get tested, or are looking for more COVID-19 information, you can visit or call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

I know many residents would like to know where cases have been recorded in our large Shire. Like you, Council is not informed of the details of cases, including their location. Regardless of where these cases may be, we all need to take precautions and follow the advice from DHHS.

While many Council services, such as the Rokewood waste transfer station, Bannockburn and Mobile Library services, and our Customer Service Centres have resumed face-to-face visits, please remember to follow the restrictions and hygiene practices as requested by staff. You can find the latest updates on Council’s services at

These are difficult and confronting times for us all. Please be kind to one another, including those unlucky members of our community who have been directly affected by this virus, and above all take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.