12 February 2021 Newsletter


Current as of 12 February 2021: Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a 5-day lockdown for the whole of Victoria. From 11:59pm 12 February, there are only four reasons to leave your home: shopping for essentials, caregiving for compassionate reasons, essential work or permitted education. See the full details below or download here.

Council Services

Due to today's lockdown announcement, our Customer Service Centre will be closed on Monday through to Wednesday.  We will keep the Community advised if the closure is extended based on the Government Advice.
The Warracknabeal Leisure Centre will be closed as of 11.59pm tonight.  We will advise on when it will re-open. The library will be closed as of 5.30pm tonight. We will keep the community advised if the closure is extended based on the Government Advice. The transfer stations will also close as of tonight and we will inform the community when they are in operation.
Please also note that the Rupanyup, Lubeck and Murtoa Community Consultation Sessions will be postponed, new dates will be advised.

Stage 4 Lockdown information can be found here. 

Proposed sale of 51 Gardiner St, Warracknabeal

Council is seeking community feedback about the future sale of 51 Gardiner Street, Warracknabeal. Council has determined that the house is surplus to Council needs and is looking to sell the property.

 Community feedback is welcome until 5pm, 28 February 2021. A decision to proceed or not on the sale will be made at the March Ordinary Council meeting.

Yarriambiack Shire Council would like to inform residents that from the 8 February, for the period of up to three weeks, your household may receive a call from an independent market research agency, National Field Services. 

They have been commissioned to conduct a community satisfaction survey on behalf of the council.  Similar surveys will be undertaken across Victorian councils in the coming months. The survey has been designed to assess the performance of the Yarriambiack Shire Council across a range of measures to identify ways to provide improvement or more effective service delivery to residents.

We appreciate you taking the time to assist us with your valuable feedback.

Please be assured that your details and individual responses are confidential. Only the overall results are shared with Council. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Council’s Customer Service team on (03) 5398 0100.

Due to the Stage 4, 5-day lockdown commencing on Friday 12 February, the Rupanyup, Lubeck and Murtoa will be postponed to a later date. 

In the meantime, our community engagement survey awaits! Let us know about the main opportunities and challenges in your community by completing a short 10-minute survey via the button below.
Complete Community Survey

CATEGORY CIRCUIT BREAKER ACTION (5 DAYS)  11:59pm Friday 12 February to 11:59pm Wednesday 17 February 

Stay at home unless: 

• Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required) 

• Caregiving or compassionate reasons 

• Essential work or permitted education 

• Exercise (can leave for two hours of exercise) 

• Other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply) 

• Intrastate travel: travel limit of 5km from place of primary residence 

Face coverings: 

• Must be carried at all times 

• Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or if an exemption applies 

Private gatherings: Not permitted. Intimate partner visits are allowed. 

Public gatherings: Not permitted (two people for exercise, or members of your household) 

Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home. Essential workers and workplaces defined below Education and childcare 

Early learning centres, childcare, family day care: Open 

School: Schools closed but open for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers 

Higher education and training: Closed, remote learning only 


Ceremonies and religious gatherings 

Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted. Broadcast permitted Funerals 

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Involves no more than 10 people (and those necessary to conduct the funeral) Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end of life or other exceptional reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)  

 Play centres, indoor skateparks, indoor trampolining centres: Closed 

Outdoor physical recreation & sport: Closed

Outdoor playgrounds remain open Swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms, springs: Closed 

Community Facilities: Closed unless hosting an essential public support service 

Creative Studios: Closed 

Entertainment and Leisure When an entertainment or leisure facility hosts an activity which fulfils the definition of a one-off public event, the Restricted Activity Directions allow for organisers to apply for their activity to be considered under the Public Events Framework (PEF): Closed. 

Except professional athletes are defined as essential workers, venues hosting professional sporting competitions can open, with essential staff attending to ensure the safe running of the event. No spectators. 

General retail 

Essential retail: Open, DQ 1 per 4sqm
Other/general retail: Closed
Auction houses: Closed 

Hairdressing, beauty, personal care: Closed 

Hospitality: Open for takeaway only 

Accommodation: Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings. 

Real estate services: Inspections: Closed,  Auctions: Closed. Online only, conditions apply.
Tourism spaces: Closed
Tour transport: Closed 

Care Facilities 

Visitor restrictions: 

• No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end-of-life reasons 

• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry Hospital Visitors 

Visitor restrictions: 

• No visitors are permitted into health care settings, except for end-of-life reasons, as a support partner for birth, or a parent to accompany a child 

• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

Visit for more information.

We can't fight this virus alone. Please get tested if you have any of these symptoms: Fever, Runny nose, sore throat, cough, chills or sweats, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste and then stay home until you get your results.
Help keep you, your family and community safe. Staying apart keeps us together. For details go to

Payment of 2020/2021 Council Rates in Full by Monday 15 February 2021

Ratepayers are reminded that the final date for payment of Council Rates in full is Monday 15 February 2021.

Payment can be made at Council’s offices located in Hopetoun and Warracknabeal, Australia Post Offices, POSTbillpay, BPAY or by mail to Yarriambiack Shire Council, PO Box 243, Warracknabeal VIC 3393.

Ratepayers that have elected to pay their rates by instalments are reminded that the 3rd instalment is due on Monday 1 March 2021.

All rates not paid by the respective due dates will be charged interest at the rate of 10% on and from the date which each missed instalment was due.

If you think you may have difficulty paying your rates, please contact Council on 5398 0127 immediately to discuss more suitable methods of payment.

Welcome, Monique!
Council recently welcomed Monique to the Library team and is very excited to have her join us at the Warracknabeal Library. Drop in and see Monique (after restrictions lift) and say hello! Pictured: Mayor Graeme Massey and Monique outside of the library

Library Service Closed
In accordance with the recent Victorian Government announcement, the Yarriambiack Library in Warracknabeal and Words on Wheels Van will be closed from 5:30pm Friday 12 February 2021 until recommended under Government advice.
Remember, the library's online resources are still available such as RB Digital, BorrowBox and Kanopy. To find out more (or to join with a free membership) visit
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Chris Niewand of Minyip who has won a copy of the popular book, 'The Mallee' as part of our 'New Members in December' competition at the Library.  All new members who joined in December went into the draw to win the highly acclaimed book that features many small communities of the Mallee region and the people who call them home. The book, beautifully designed by Phil Campbell, captures life in the small towns of the Mallee and on the farms that surround them. Haven't seen it? Borrow it from the library today!
If you, a family member or a friend are struggling during the lockdown, please contact one of the service providers below for support:
Beyond Blue
Headspace Horsham
Yarriambiack Shire Council
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