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Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) Council Services

Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) Council Services

01 January 0001

While Council will do its best to maintain essential service delivery, there may be the need for some modifications to specific services.

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Services

 

Animal Management

The team is focused on responding to and investigating dog attacks, stray dog pick-ups, and barking dogs. A more lenient approach to enforcing animal registrations has been introduced.  

Arts Venues

The Walker Street Gallery and Heritage Hill are closed to the public. The upcoming artists in residency program has been moved online with the artists now undertaking it digitally.

Asset Protection

All services are now provided via phone or email. There may be some delays in responses to Asset Protection Permit application processing and inspections. 

Barbecue (BBQ) areas in Parks

Public barbecues will reopen from Monday 1 June. People should clean the barbecue and surrounding spaces before and after use. Up to 20 people may gather for the barbecue. Ensure physical distancing is practiced and people remain 1.5 metres apart, unless they are from the same household.

Building and Compliance Services

All Building, Environmental Health and Planning Compliance Services are running as normal. 

  • Staff are responding to and investigating issues as they come.
  • Those which pose a risk to community health and safety will be prioritised. 
  • Environmental Health Officers will continue to undertake statutory inspections of those businesses still operating.    

Child Care Services

Council-run childcare centres are operating as normal to provide support to local families. 

Civil Development

Civil Works Permits for road openings and related services are provided via phone or email. Minimum face to face interaction for Drainage/Civil Works Permit/Vehicle Crossing Permit inspections. 

Inspectors are still undertaking road/site inspections.  

Cleansing Program

Increased cleansing or 'frequent touch points’. A new month-long community cleansing program will be rolled out across Greater Dandenong. 

Community Care

Services continue to be provided to the community, ensuring staff and client safety as a priority. If a client indicates they are unwell the service will be suspended. 

Care workers will use personal protective equipment while providing these services: 

  • Personal Care 
  • Domestic assistance 
  • Respite care  
  • Meals on Wheels  
  • Shopping assistance. The Community buses are assisting by taking people out to do their own shopping but this is done with minimum numbers and for a shorter period of time. 

Customer Service

From next Tuesday 9 June Council’s Customer Service Centres in Dandenong and Parkmore and the planning counter at the Dandenong Civic Centre will reopen.

Drum Theatre

Drum staff are processing refunds for ticket holders and venue hirers since the closure, and negotiating with touring shows, producers and hirers about rescheduling shows. Theatre maintenance works are also being undertaken.

Family Day Care

Council's Family Day Care is considered an essential service and is operating as normal throughout this period.

Greater Dandenong Business

Council understands this is a challenging time for businesses. Some businesses may be facing unprecedented demand whilst others are facing a tougher future. Greater Dandenong Business has compiled a few key places to direct you to locate the most up to date information on this evolving issue.

Immunisation

All sessions are now by appointment only, no drop-ins. The Dandenong Library has been set up to deliver these services, keeping with social distancing requirements. 

To book an immunisation appointment please telephone Customer Service on 8571 1000.

Library

The Dandenong Library has reopened in stages from Tuesday 9 June. The library will be open from 10.30am until 6pm Monday to Friday to offer a holds pick-up service, new memberships or library card collections. Visits will be restricted to a maximum of 15 minutes per library patron. Visitor numbers will be closely monitored. To pick up your holds, please wait for notification from the library through email, SMS or post that your items are ready for collection

Maternal and Child Health

In line with advice provided by DHHS, the following amendments have been made: 

  • There will be no face to face contact with the community.  
  • Support is being provided via phone.  
  • Limited home sessions will be provided when required. 

Needle Syringe Program

While Council's Customer Service Centres are closed during the COVID-19 restrictions, syringe containers can be disposed of at the following locations:

  • Needle Syringe Program, SECADA Monash Health Needle/Syringe Program
    122 Thomas Street, Dandenong (adjacent to the Greater Dandenong City Council Civic Centre)
  • Dandenong Hospital
    David Street, Dandenong (disposal bin is located approximately 50 meters to the left or east of the main entrance)

Playgrounds

All playgrounds are now open, with a maximum of 10 people allowed to use equipment at any one time. This will increase to 20 persons on 1 June. Physical distancing and gathering rules apply at all times.

Rates Payments

Council is strongly encouraging its residents to continue to pay their rates on time. However, we also appreciate that in the current climate this may not be possible for everyone. For residents experiencing difficulties, please contact Council on 8571 1000.

Transport (Traffic Management)

All transport planning and traffic and parking management functions operational with the exception of face to face meetings. Minor delays in responding to matters which require site inspections.

Venue Closures and Cancellations

Libraries, arts venues and leisure and aquatic centres are closed until further notice. All Council events, workshops and activities have been cancelled until further notice.

Volunteers

Council appreciates all residents who enquire about volunteering, however at the moment we are unable to engage new volunteers until further notice.

Youth Services

All youth events, workshops and programs have been cancelled, however the Youth Services team is still available via telephone on 9793 2155, email on youthservices@cgd.vic.gov.au or drop them a line via Facebook or Instagram.

We encourage customers to use our online services or phone us on 8571 1000 for any assistance. Our Call Centre remains fully operational.





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