Stay informed: COVID-19 updates

Autumn visitors

Council is encouraging residents and visitors to avoid visiting the Mount Macedon area during autumn.

Council has cancelled all free shuttle buses and closed many facilities, including the visitor information booth.

Most local venues, gardens and businesses will also be limiting services or closed due to federal government requirements.  

For more information: Autumn Plans 2020

Closures

The following facilities have been closed and there have been service changes put in place in order to minimise large public gatherings, dispense with non-essential meetings and events, and encourage social distancing.

Closures include:

  • Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre

  • Gisborne Aquatic Centre

  • Gisborne Fitness Centre

  • All leisure centres including Buffalo Sports Stadium, Macedon Community Centre, Romsey Recreation Centre, Riddells Creek Leisure Centre, The Stadium

  • Libraries in Kyneton, Gisborne, Woodend and Romsey

  • Council service desks at Romsey Community Hub and Woodend Community Centre

  • Gisborne Administration Centre

  • Kyneton Administration Centre

  • Hanging Rock

  • Kyneton Museum

  • Sports pavillions

  • Visitor Information Centres

  •  All Council-owned community halls

  • Some public toilets

  • Playgrounds

  • Skate parks

  • Public barbecues

Community support services

We've started a list of local community support services available and will be adding to this regularly:

  • Medical assistance
  • Crisis accommodation
  • Emergency relief packages
  • Family violence
  • Financial support and hardship
  • Food banks and community support
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental health
  • Older people and people with disabilities
  • Volunteering

Consultation arrangements

Consultations will continue however face-to-face opportunities will not be offered. For more information, visit Have Your Say

Customer requests

While our offices are closed, we continue to provide support to residents online and over the phone.

You can call us on (03) 5422 0333 or log a customer request online 

Event cancellations

Council events which have been cancelled or postponed for the next month include:

  • All arts and culture events at Kyneton Town Hall and other venues have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.
  • Harmony Day in Woodend
  • Citizenship Ceremony on 7 April.

For more information on community events, see our online events calendar.

Financial support

Council has introduced a range of new financial support measures to support residents and businesses. For more information, see Community support services

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock is closed until further notice.

Immunisation sessions

Council’s childhood immunisation sessions are still running and the sessions times have been extended with extra precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is important that families continue with their child’s immunisation schedule, however if you or your child are unwell (have a fever, cough and shortness of breath) or have travelled overseas in the last 14 days we kindly ask that you do not attend a session.

Kindergartens

Council’s eight kindergartens will reopen for term 2 on Thursday 16 April.

Libraries

All libraries in the shire are closed until further notice. The eLibrary is still available to you 24/7 and has wonderful resources.

Maternal and Child Health service changes

We will continue to provide MCH services to families, however alternative methods such as telephone calls may be used instead of face-to-face consultations. Group sessions will cease until further notice.

Breastfeeding support via phone consultations is available for mothers experiencing initial difficulties in the early weeks and throughout their breastfeeding experience is offered by experienced lactation consultants. 

Online or phone payments

You can make a range of payments online or by calling us on (03) 5422 0333.

Pools, fitness centres and stadiums 

These facilities are closed until further notice. All members will be contacted directly and memberships will be suspended until the facilities re-open.

Support for businesses

We know that many of our businesses are doing it tough and having to react and adapt to rapidly changing restrictions.

Important information, news and updates about support for businesses is being regularly added to our COVID-19 Business support page. 

Transfer stations and tip shop

The Kyneton Tip Shop is also closed until further notice.

Transfer stations currently remain open, however please note cash will not be accepted by the attendants until further notice to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Payment by EFTPOS only.