A message from the mayor - July 31, 2020

Published on 31 July 2020


The state government has now announced that the wearing of masks or face coverings is now essential across Victoria, once you leave your home. I understand this can be a confronting measure for many people. There is a lot of fear and confusion out there in the community about the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state. Please remember that we are all in this together and everyone is doing their best to keep each other safe. In small communities, rumours and accusations can also spread like wildfire, so please be kind to one another

Council has masks on back order and has placed some of the orders a couple of weeks ago. We currently only have enough stock to cover our essential community care staff and are trying to source them wherever we can. We will endeavour keep residents updated on council’s stock levels. If you need to purchase a mask, there are many talented people in our communities making them. Local pharmacies are also trying to stock masks where possible, but understand there could be shortages across the region. If you are handy enough to do so, there are many patterns available online to help you make your own mask – the Department of Health and Human Services has resources available on its website. Face coverings also don’t have to be a mask – wearing a scarf, bandana or a piece of fabric around your face will also suffice.

Masks must be worn whenever you leave the house. This includes at work and at school for students older than 12. Children under 12 years are not required to wear a mask. If you are driving in your car by yourself or with members of your household, a mask is not required.

Please try to avoid any travel where possible to regional centres and beyond. Certainly avoid any areas that have been highlighted as extreme risks of community transmission. If it is absolutely necessary to travel out of the shire, please ensure that you follow all of the restriction advice provided by the Chief Health Officer and the Premier. Wear a mask and wash your hands regularly. We all need to do our best to stop the spread and avoid bringing the virus back to our families.

As always, it is important to ensure that if you are unwell at all, please do not attend work and if you have flu or cold like symptoms please seek a test as soon as possible. It is important to self-isolate while you await your test results. I want to again thank West Wimmera residents for the strength they have shown during these difficult times. Wearing a mask is just one more step on the road to recovery. Please continue to look after each other and stay safe. 

Bruce Meyer

Mayor – West Wimmera Shire Council 


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