Statement from Murrindindi Shire Mayor Leigh Dunscombe

In recent months we [Murrindindi Shire residents] have seen such great community spirit as we all adapt to a new way of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Leigh Dunscombe
Murrindindi Shire Mayor, Leigh Dunscombe. PHOTO: Ashley Geelan
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I know it isn’t easy for us to go back into Stage 3 restrictions. But anything less than a unified community response won’t stop the spread of this virus. It is up to each one of us to play our part. The number of positive cases in our shire has been really low – let’s keep it that way.

I am grateful to everyone who has been complying with the changing restrictions – by staying at home whenever possible, only going out for one of the four essential reasons, social distancing and wearing a face-covering whenever outside your home. The harder we work now to slow down the spread of this virus, the faster we will come out the other side of this situation.

In these uncertain times, it’s very important to remember that each of us can play a role in supporting others. We are all thinking about family members who need extra support but please also consider your neighbours, vulnerable or isolated people in your community and how you might help them.

There is a lot of support out there for people who are doing it tough and the council has been working hard to connect people with the support they need. ‘DindiLink’ is a service which supports those in our community who are vulnerable or in a high-risk category for COVID-19 – and who might need help in getting the essentials, as well as those who are feeling lonely or disconnected. Give us a call if we can help connect you, or someone you know, with some help.

We know too that many of our businesses are facing difficult times. There is a lot of support on offer for businesses right now. Jump on the council’s website and check out the ‘Business Resources and Support’ page if you’d like a hand to guide you through. And as individuals, we can all help our businesses.

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It is more important now than ever to shop local. It is the safest thing to do and it will help support them through this tough patch too.

At council, we continue to adjust to the new restrictions. We have had to close our libraries and customer service centres once again. But you can call us 7 days a week and talk to our friendly customer service team and of course, you can access a range of our services on our website.

You can get access to our Book Butler service which provides safe and contactless delivery of library books, DVDs and audio to your door. And, if you need essential documents like government forms or official letters printed, we can do that for you too through our ‘Print and Post’ service. The team will even home deliver if driving past.

If you are unsure about where to get advice about restrictions, please make the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website – dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus – your first stop – or call the council. Please be aware there is a lot of inaccurate information out there, including on social media. You can also jump on the council’s website – murrindindi.vic.gov.au – to access important links and information.

Please remember to take care of yourselves, think about your neighbours and your broader community and about each of us playing our part to stop this pandemic. Our community knows about standing strong in a crisis.

Let’s stand strong together and remember, being strong sometimes means being strong enough to ask for help.


This is a statement from Murrindindi Shire Mayor & Kinglake Ward Councillor, Leigh Dunscombe. Apart from minor punctuation changes, it is provided unedited.-EDITOR.

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