Mayor's Message - 2 June
It was fantastic to hear recently that the State Government has committed $500,000 to create a hybrid (natural and built) solution for erosion at Jam Jerrup. Combatting erosion across the Shire is one of our top 10 Advocacy Priorities, so this funding is a great endorsement of our ongoing efforts in this area and it is also fantastic news for the community of Jam Jerrup.
In line with some students returning to school last week, all of our playgrounds and skate parks have now been re-opened. I would like to thank the community for their patience while these incredibly important facilities were closed – I know it must have been difficult for kids to have to stay away from their favourite park for so long. It is important to remember to keep social distancing though, to keep everyone safe.
It is also awesome to see that local sporting clubs can start training again. We have been working closely with Clubs and State Sporting Associations to ensure groups are aware of the regulations associated with returning to training and have been encouraged by the many phone calls we have received from Clubs seeking advice and wanting to do the right thing by their members and the community. It will be exciting to see members participating in the sports they love again and taking the first tentative steps towards a return to weekly local competition.
As of Yesterday (1 June), a whole lot more restrictions have been eased in Victoria, and from 22 June, even more facilities, such as gyms, stadiums, cinemas, zoos, galleries and museums are allowed to open. And if you are a snow fan, the ski season will start from 22 June as well. While there are still rules around staying apart and gathering in groups, this gradual easing of restrictions should soon have us back to normal, even if it is a slightly different normal to what we are used to.