COVID-19 community information

This page will be updated with the latest information relating to Council’s response to COVID-19 to keep our community informed.

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Information and advice
Customer Service
Maribyrnong facilities
Playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skate parks
Immunisations and Maternal and Child Health
Services
Council meetings
Community engagement
Cancelled and postponed events
Citizenship ceremonies
Support for local businesses
Reduce your risk
Translated resources and health advice
Resources, activities and ideas of things to do during COVID-19

Information and advice

Maribyrnong City Council is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is receiving regular updates from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

To stay up to date with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice regarding COVID-19, visit the DHHS website.

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Customer Service

Customer Service at Footscray Town Hall has been closed and community members are asked to contact us via alternative contact methods, including:

  • submitting a request via our website
  • calling 9688 0200, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm
  • sending us an email

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Maribyrnong facilities

Council considers the safety and wellbeing of the community as our top priority.

With the current public health situation in mind and as a precautionary measure, Council has closed the following facilities, until further notice:

  • Braybrook Community Hub
  • Maidstone Community Centre
  • Maribyrnong Community Centre
  • Braybrook Library
  • Footscray Library
  • Maribyrnong Library
  • West Footscray Library
  • Yarraville Library
  • Phoenix Youth Centre
  • Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre
  • RecWest Footscray and Braybrook
  • Bluestone Church Arts Space
  • West Footscray Seniors Centre
  • Yarraville Seniors Centre
  • Raleigh Road Activity Centre
  • Angliss Seniors Centre

As such, all regular programming and events that were scheduled at these locations have been cancelled. However, our dedicated library staff are working behind the scenes to continue provide some services. Head to the Library website for further details.

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Playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, barbeque facilities and skate parks

In line with the Prime Minister’s advice on Sunday 29 March, all playgrounds, outdoor gyms, public barbeque facilities and skate parks in the City of Maribyrnong are now closed.

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Immunisations and Maternal and Child Health

Immunisations will continue with individual appointments at Footscray Town Hall, however all open sessions will be cancelled for March and April. Please call 9688 0150 to make an appointment.

Maternal and Child Health will continue with consultations for those aged 8 weeks and under in shortened face-to-face appointments. Families with appointments for children above 8 weeks old will be offered phone consultations.

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Services

All essential services throughout the municipality will continue at this stage.

On top of this, maintenance services are currently operating as business as usual. These services include:

  • kerbside waste collection
  • street sweeping
  • footpath cleaning
  • tree maintenance and planting
  • parks and reserves maintenance

We have put in place precautionary measures to help protect the health and safety of staff and our community, including the alternation of staff start times to ensure safe social distancing. All staff are actively practising safety measures advised by the DHHS to help reduce their risk of spreading COVID-19.

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Council meetings

Council meetings will go ahead as planned and will be open to the public. With the current public health situation in mind, social distancing measures will be in place. You are also encouraged to view the meeting via livestream. All livestreams will be available on our YouTube channel.

Community members are able to submit their questions for public question time via email before 6pm on the day of the meeting, and it will be read and answered at the meeting.

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Community engagement

As a precautionary measure, Council has cancelled all face-to-face community engagement.

Despite the cancellation of face-to-face community engagement sessions, your input is still extremely important to us and we will continue seeking feedback for a number of projects online. Visit Your City, Your Voice for more information and to have your say.

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Cancelled and postponed events

In line with the Prime Minister’s decision to ban all non-essential, organised events of 500 people or more from Monday 16 March, we have cancelled or postponed all large-scale Council run or supported events until further notice.

  • Get Active! Expo, 15 March-22 April – POSTPONED
  • Central West Structure Plan community consultation pop-up sessions, 19 and 21 March – CANCELLED
  • Maddern Square Placemaking Residency, 21, 27 and 28 March at Maddern Square – CANCELLED
  • Harmony Feast, Sunday 22 March at Maidstone Community Centre – CANCELLED
  • Eat Drink Westside (part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival), 19-29 March – POSTPONED
  • MS Melbourne Cycle and half marathon, 21 March – CANCELLED
  • Maribyrnong Community Market, 27 March at Maribyrnong Community Centre – CANCELLED
  • Pasifika Islands Festival, 28 March – POSTPONED
  • Many Hands Project at Henderson House Landing, 28 March – CANCELLED
  • Wominjeka Festival, 3-5 April – POSTPONED
  • MoMo Fest: Nepalese Dumpling Festival, 4-5 April – POSTPONED
  • Comedy Out West (COW) Open Mic (part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival), 17 April – CANCELLED
  • Africa Day Sports Festival, 18 April – POSTPONED
  • Good Beer Week, 15-24 May – POSTPONED
  • Jazz Out West (part of International Jazz Festival), 31 May – POSTPONED
  • West Set, 12-21 June – POSTPONED

Details on individual events can be found on our events calendar.

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Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are not being held until further notice.

If you have been allocated a date for a citizenship ceremony, you will be contacted by the Department of Home Affairs in due course. All enquiries relating to citizenship ceremony dates must be directed to the Department.

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Support for small businesses

For information on the Australian Government Economic Stimulus Package, mental health support, managing employees and referrals to relevant websites visit Business Victoria's COVID-19 advice page.

Council will be supporting commercial businesses affected by COVID-19 through a business support package. Find out more here.

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Reduce your risk

DHHS is advising community members follow the below advice to reduce their risk of coronavirus:

  • WASH your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • TRY not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • COVER your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • STAY at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
  • PHONE your doctor or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • CONTINUE healthy habits: exercise, drink water, and get plenty of sleep.
  • WEARING a face mask is not necessary if you are well.
  • BUY an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol.

To find out more, visit the DHHS website.

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Translated resources and health advice

If you have loved ones or community members who don't speak English as a first language, you can find in-language factual information about hygiene advice, factsheets and printable posters on the DHHS website.

To access a translator for the coronavirus hotline, follow the below steps:

  1. call 131 450
  2. request the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398

Please remember to keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.

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Resources, activities and ideas of things to do during COVID-19

With the State and Federal Government advising that the community self-isolate in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have compiled some resources to keep you busy without leaving the comfort of your own home.

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