Manningham Matters - 4 June 2020
Message from our Mayor and Councillors
It’s been a busy fortnight as we’ve seen further easing of restrictions and a new normal for us all in our daily lives. As we see these changes come into effect, let’s all remember to remain vigilant and careful so that we can all stay safe.
As the Victorian Government has advised, the State of Emergency in Victoria has been extended until 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June. The Stay at Home Directions have now been replaced by the Stay Safe Directions for this period. That means continuing to maintain physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, take appropriate hygiene precautions, avoid crowds, stay home and get tested if you feel unwell. It also means that if you can work from home, you must work from home.
Our Civic Centre front counter is now open if you need to visit us. Most of our services are continuing on a work from home basis, so if you need to talk to our building, planning, city compliance, health or aged services teams please continue to contact us by phone, email or online.
As for our other facilities, we are working closely with our local community groups, sports clubs, venue operators to ensure we can reopen in line with the Victorian Government advice and restrictions, and in a way that is safe for everyone. The Government advice places strict controls upon venues which are reopening, so careful planning by each sporting and community group will be needed before they can recommence.
COVID-19 information in your language
View a range of translated COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Find out what support is available
As we continue to feel the impact of COVID-19,
find out what support is available during this time.
Have your say on Manningham's draft 2020/21 Annual Budget
You’re invited to have your say on Manningham Council’s draft 2020/21 Annual Budget. The draft budget
has been developed in line with Council’s four year strategic plan and taking into consideration the impacts
of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have reopened our customer service counter
We’re pleased to reopen our Civic Centre customer service counter to customers who need to visit us.
We're also working on an exciting upgrade to our Civic Centre customer service area to provide increased accessibility and disability spaces to help all of our residents visit and do business with us.
Funding and support for arts and creatives
We have launched a new creative industries program of small fellowships, workshops and mentoring
opportunities, to help artists across Manningham develop new projects and to support them at this time.
Our nursery grows its planting capacity
We have been growing and expanding our nursery over the last 18 months to make it the prime source for the trees, shrubs, grasses and other plants that populate the parks, bushland areas, landscaping and environment planting projects in Manningham.
Explore our wildlife with new videos
Learn about the unique wildlife that live in Manningham’s parks and backyards and how we can all help protect our native species in this new video series with zoologist Chris Humfrey.
Encourage your child’s inner artist with our online demos
In addition to our art courses currently running online, we’re releasing a series of short how-to video demonstrations for primary-school-age children, with the first video now available to view at Manningham Art Studios.
MannaCare continues its cancer care online
Despite ceasing face-to-face wellness and rehabilitation classes in March, MannaCare has continued to provide valuable care for oncology patients in Manningham by moving all of its sessions, seminars and counselling service online.
Unite online for World Wide Knit in Public Day
World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday 13 June is taking on a different format this year and Manningham Uniting Church is celebrating by holding an event online via Zoom so you can join fellow knitters to celebrate the day.
Libraries resume Click & Collect service
Bookworms and library lovers who have been waiting patiently throughout lockdown can start to celebrate, as Whitehorse Manningham Libraries has resumed its Click & Collect service and have opened their return chutes once again.
On 15 June help us stop elder abuse
On Monday 15 June we are joining the efforts to acknowledge World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, to reinforce the important message that “There’s no excuse for elder abuse”.
Working for Victoria teams sanitise public spaces
Over the past few weeks workers have been sanitising seats, handrails, and our newly reopened playground and fitness equipment to minimise the spread of COVID-19. We speak to two team leaders who have found work doing this under the Working for Victoria initiative.
Parks and playspaces update
Following the gradual easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and Victorian Government advice,
our parks, playspaces, outdoor fitness equipment and skate parks are now open for you to enjoy.
When in Lockdown inspires eye-catching art
Manningham Art Gallery’s new When in Lockdown art initiative has been firing the imaginations of local artists and aspiring creatives, with several eye-catching pieces already submitted by artists that capture their experience living and working in lockdown.
Our upcoming Council meeting on Tuesday 23 June at 7.00pm will be a virtual meeting. The Mayor and Councillors will access the meeting via video and audio from their homes. You will be able to watch the meeting live on our Facebook page – although you don’t need a Facebook account to see it. We encourage questions for Council to be provided via email and received by 5.00pm on the Monday before the meeting.
Tuesday 23 June 2020, 7.00pm
Tuesday 28 July 2020, 7.00pm
Tuesday 25 August 2020, 7.00pm
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