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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Information

This content was last updated on:
September 20, 2021 8:56 AM

Current Information

Following the latest announcement from the Victorian Government, COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria (including Wellington Shire) have eased. Please see information for Council services and facilities below.

The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services is the best place to keep up to date with information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Please continue to monitor the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services web page or Facebook page for updates.

COVID-19 Local Testing

Wellington Respiratory Clinic is fully operational, from the rear of Inglis Medical Centre in Sale.

Pre-booked testing is available at the Wellington Respiratory Clinic in Sale at http://ow.ly/hqDo50FzviT.

All patients will be seen in a safe, private and completely confidential clinic with the highest possible infection control standards. Alternatively, tests can be conducted for COVID-19 via local General Practitioners. Patients are encouraged to ring their regular GP for guidance. Patients can book online.

Please continue to follow directions from the Victorian Department of Health and Gippsland PHN – get tested if you have any symptoms.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Wellington Shire Council is NOT providing the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex will be used by the Gippsland Regional Public Health Unit to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible people.

If you are eligible and want to book in for a COVID-19 vaccine via the Gippsland Regional Public Health Unit, you must call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. Unfortunately, our customer service team cannot book COVID-19 vaccinations for you. These are not part of our community immunisation sessions.

Please access the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker and more information at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Has COVID-19 affected your ability to cope?

Here are two FREE LOCAL services to help you.

CASI

Through Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI), social, emotional and practical support is available for the residents in need of help during COVID-19. CASI can assist you to keep important connections with your family and friends, and building connection with your local organisations and support networks.

For enquires contact Wellington COVID-19 Relief Line 1300 137 218 (8:30am to 5:00pm - Monday to Friday, except public holidays) or enquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au. After hours, CASI can be access through the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline by choosing option 3 or 8 when calling 1800 675 398. This hotline is open 24 hours, 7 days.

Head to Help

If you are struggling with stress or finding your mental health condition peaking, and unsure where to turn, trained mental health staff (Psychologists, mental health nurses & occupational therapist) are available to support you at NO COST. Your local HeadtoHelp hub is located at 10 Inglis Street, Sale or contact 1800 595 212 (8:30am to 5:30pm - Monday to Friday, except public holidays).

Community Support

Information and links for support services is available from our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Support page.

Local Business Support

Information and links for businesses in Wellington Shire is available from our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Business Support page. This also includes details of Wellington Shire Council's COVID-19 Support Package and the state government's Circuit Breaker Business Support Package.

Wellington Relief Line

Wellington Shire Council has launched a Relief Information Line for members of the public who require assistance as a result of the current pandemic. The Wellington Relief Information Line number is 1300 137 218 and is open 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. The Line will operate until it is no longer required.

For all relief queries outside the normal business hours please contact Coronavirus state-based hotline available 24 hours each day on 1800 675 398.

Wellington Shire Council Operated Facilities

On the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria (including Wellington Shire) have eased. The following changes to Council operated services and facilities will occur.

For all facilities listed as open, the wearing of face masks is mandatory, as is signing in with a QR code or manually. Each facility is also subject to density limits, so large crowds cannot gather.

Wellington Shire Council Service Centres

Our Customer Service Centres in Sale and Yarram are OPEN for face-to-face operations.

Libraries

All library branches are OPEN and density limits must be followed. Regular children's programming will resume at all library branches, except for the Sale library. Programming at the Sale library will resume when COVID-19 restrictions are eased further. Please book for library programming here.

Aqua Energy Leisure Centre

OPEN with restrictions in place. More information here.

Gippsland Regional Sports Complex

The Gippsland Regional Sports Complex is CLOSED for all sporting activity and social sports are cancelled until COVID-19 restrictions are eased further. More information here.

The Gippsland Regional Sports Complex Covid-19 vaccination clinic, run by the Gippsland Public Health Unit, is OPEN.

To book an appointment for a vaccination, phone the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

The Wedge Performing Arts Centre Box Office is OPEN. There are no performances scheduled until COVID-19 restrictions ease further. Please contact The Wedge here.

Port of Sale including Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Library, Central Gippsland Visitor Centre and cafe

The Port of Sale (Wellington Centre) is OPEN.

Portside Food + Wine and The Dock Espresso bar are OPEN. Portside Food + Wine is open for takeaway only with limited outdoor seating available. The Dock Espresso Bar is open for takeaway and limited indoor dining.

Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange

The Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange is OPEN, under strict Covid Safe restrictions. All genuine buyers must pre-register via phone 0427 868 122 or email grle@wellington.vic.gov.au.

More information is available here.

Transfer stations and landfills

OPEN (operating hours and locations here)

Animal Aid Sale

Animal Aid Sale is OPEN. Please contact Animal Aid to arrange an appointment time. More information about COVID-19 restrictions available here.

Caravan/RV Parks

Council owned Caravan and RV parks throughout the municipality are OPEN.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds are OPEN with QR code check-in required.

Skateparks, Pump Tracks and Outdoor Gym Equipment

Skateparks, pump tracks and public outdoor gym equipment throughout the municipality are OPEN.

Public Toilets

Public toilets throughout the municipality will remain OPEN for use.

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