Community Update: 12 May 2020

Published: Tuesday 12 May 2020

Council will continue to follow directions made under the Victorian State of Emergency, and the expert advice of the Chief Health Officer and DHHS. 

The Premier has announced a gradual easing of restrictions in Victoria in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Under the changes, it means that there will be five reasons to leave your home:

  • shopping for food and supplies that you need
  • care and caregiving
  • exercise and outdoor recreation
  • work and education – if you can’t do it from home
  • visiting friends and family – if you really need to

These new arrangements will come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May. Gathering outdoors in groups of up to 10 people for recreation is also permitted, provided careful social distancing is maintained. 

The answers to all your questions about these changes are on the DHHS website

International Nurses Day

Today is International Nurses Day. Whitehorse City Council recognises the enormous contribution of nurses to our community. Nurses are skilled professionals providing healthcare in a range of settings – but they are also often those who care, reassure and calm us while we receive health care. Council deeply appreciates nurses in Whitehorse who have worked extraordinarily hard preparing for and responding to the pandemic. 

We also especially acknowledge our Whitehorse City Council nurses, who provide childhood immunisation and Maternal Child Health services. They have remained on the front line, serving the youngest members of our community and their parents in an unusual and stressful time. 

Morack Public Golf Course and Driving Range 

In line with the easing of restrictions, Morack Public Golf Course will re-open from Wednesday 13 May. There will be some restrictions to ensure social distancing and good hygiene are maintained. 
Visit for more information.

Parks and Open Space

Our parks and open space remain open to everyone in our community. We are now able to meet up with friends and family in groups of 10 for picnics, exercise or relaxation. We still need to maintain social distancing.

Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms remain closed.

Council’s parks and open spaces have enjoyed heavy use during the pandemic. Council staff are working hard to keep our facilities to a high standard, but we all have a shared responsibility for these public open spaces. If you are walking or running, stick to the paths. Ride bikes on the designated bike paths, pick up after your dog and put your rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you.

Changes to Council Services

Any updates about Council services and facilities are provided in line with announcements from the Victorian government.

To stay in touch with Council 

See a full list of Council closures and amended services  

For the latest information, fact sheets, video announcements and media releases regarding COVID-19, visit DHHS Coronavirus webpage

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