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Operation Regal this weekend

POLICE will be out in force across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend as part of Operation Regal, a four-day operation targeting high-risk driving behaviour on Victorian roads. The state-wide operation,...
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New COVID-19 variant discovered

CHIEF Health Officer Brett Sutton said at the Victorian Government press conference on June 4 that a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in four cases. The Delta strain...
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Truck Show moved to September

THE Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show has been moved from its traditional home on the June long weekend, due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 restrictions. Organiser Andrew Embling advised...
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ENJOY the breathtaking views of the High Country on one of Alpine Helicopter Charter’s scenic tours and charter services around the alpine region. Based in Mansfield, you are guaranteed stunning...
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East Central District Rifle Association (ECDRA)

ON Saturday, a number the local East Central District Rifle Association (ECDRA) club’s members attended the Open Prize Meeting at the Wellsford Range Bendigo. There were very generous sponsors of...
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Antiques

IF unique and individual is your style, visiting Albury Antiques at their Shepparton store is a must-do for you. Albury Antiques offers a large range of affordable and quality antiques...
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Scout and Community Activity Centre Opens

THE official opening of the new Alexandra Scout and Community Activity Centre was held on Saturday, May 8, under blue skies. Scouts, parents, officials and local residents gathered for the...
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Country Women’s Association (CWA)

The Hume Goulburn Group of the Country Women's Association (CWA) held their Creative Arts Exhibition on Saturday, May 8 at the Yarck Hall, with the judging held on the day...
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Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLWC)

THE Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLWC) moved into their new offices in Alexandra just prior to the pandemic, and while pandemic certainly slowed down their plans, they’re now focused...

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13 hours ago
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Challenging times for people in the Dandenongs impacted by the storm. The current estimate for power being switched back on in Ferny Creek, Kalorama, Mount Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras, Sherbrooke, The Basin, Tremont and Upwey is July 10. ... See MoreSee Less

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Devastating, hope all are OK.

AusNet have to at least provide their customers with a generator and fuel.

How wonderful our SES and emergency workers and Ausnet workers are! What ghastly conditions they are dealing with and such unimaginably difficult and dangerous conditions must surely register with all of us. Bless them all

You would think while the fixing it to start underground service at same time! Hope those ppl are compensated

19 hours ago
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Statement From The Acting Premier - June 16

"Since this pandemic started, distance has been one of the hardest things to live with.

Distance from our neighbours, from our workplaces - from the people we love and the places we’ve missed.

Distance that has kept us apart but kept us safe and saved lives.

But Victoria’s at its best when we’re together.

And I know we’re all waiting to see those people and places we’ve missed, which is why, on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Victoria will soon safely begin coming back together.

From 11.59pm Thursday 17 June, the 25km travel limit will be removed and travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will resume.

Two visitors per day (plus dependants) will be permitted to gather inside the home in metro Melbourne, and up to five people (plus dependants) in regional Victoria.

Twenty people can gather outside in Melbourne, and 50 in regional Victoria. Masks will continue to be required indoors but they are no longer required outdoors – however they’ll still be recommended when you can’t maintain physical distancing.

In Melbourne, funerals can be held with up to 75 mourners, and weddings no more than 20 – and 100 mourners and 50 wedding guests in regional Victoria.

Gyms can open across Melbourne, with density limits and COVIDSafe plans in place. And hair and beauty services can now operate without masks during service.

These are positive changes, but it’s important to note that there are still some differences between regional and metropolitan settings.

We have not seen cases at all in regional Victoria. But knowing what we do about how infectious the Delta and Kappa strains are, and how quickly we saw them move through the community prior to the lockdown, we must remain vigilant.

We want to keep regional Victoria virus free – that’s why the public health team have recommended slightly stronger settings for Melbourne as extra protection while we run down any remaining cases.

These rules mean that people will now be able to travel across the state, but also recognise that the majority of interactions in regional Victoria will be between regional Victorians.

And for Melbournians travelling to the snow this season, that means a requirement for everyone to get a COVID test within 72 hours of departing for Victoria’s alpine resorts, and a negative result.

International experience has shown us that there is a high risk of spread in cold climates, where people come together to socialise and spend time indoors after a day out on the slopes.

There will be plenty more detail online, and if cases continue to remain low, we’ll be able to ease restrictions further in another week.

But as we’ve said many times – this isn’t over.

We all know better than most just how easily this virus takes hold and keeping on top of the situation means that we all have to protect our freedoms.

That means continuing to do the things that have diffused this outbreak.

But it’s no exaggeration to say the single most important thing every single Victorian can do is to get tested as soon as they have even the mildest of symptoms.

As we head deeper into winter – this becomes more important than ever.

We can’t assume that a scratchy throat is the sign of a winter cold.

Find out for sure – get tested.

Thank you for everything you’ve done so far to protect our state.

I know it hasn’t been easy.

But we’re getting there."
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19 hours ago
Alexandra Newspapers

It is with very heavy hearts that the brigade wakes this morning to the news of brigade member, Glen Barlow, passing away last night (16/06/2021).

Big Glen, as he was affectionately known, was one of our members instrumental in saving lives and property on Black Saturday.

You may be familiar with his wood carvings which adorn National Park Rd. A passion he discovered when he was no longer able to work due to a chronic shoulder injury sustained on Black Saturday.

Even if you didn’t know Big Glen personally, many community members will have exchanged smiles, hugs, lollies and laughs during our Santa runs. Big Glen was our stalwart Santa for many, many a Christmas until his health declined in recent years due to Parkinson’s disease.

Our thoughts are with Helen and both families as they come to terms which their loss.

Thank you Big Glen for the good times, your hard yakka and your incredible wit.

R.I.P.
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20 hours ago
Alexandra Newspapers

⭐ RESTRICTION CHANGES ⭐
PRESS CONFERENCE - JUNE 16
ACTING PREMIER JAMES MERLINO

5 new local cases - 2 residents King Park Southbank (announced yesterday), 2 household primary contacts (Kings Park), one a vaccinated nurse.

RESTRICTIONS - METRO 11.59pm TOMORROW (THURS) - IN PLACE NEXT 7 DAYS

Regional border & 25k limit gone
public gathering up to 20 people
Up to 2 visitors in home/day + dependents
Gyms, indoor ent re-open with density limits
Restaurants, cafes - up to 25 ppl before applying density limit
If can work from home, do, but up to 50% or up to 20 people (whichever greater) allowed in workplace
Sports - outdoor community sports can recommence, no onlookers
Masks no longer needed outdoors, unless can't keep distance
Snow - must get covid test and result with in 3 days of departing for snowfields.

REGIONAL 11.59pm TOMORROW (THURS)

Public gatherings - up to 50 ppl
Restaurants, cafes - max 300 per venue seated. Smaller up to 25
Religious ceremonies - 300ppl
Funerals - 100 ppl
Weddings - 50 ppl
75% allowed in offices
Home - up to 5 adults visitors per day + dependents.

TESTING COMMANDER JEROEN WEIMAR

85 Cappa cases in outbreak
15 Delta cases in outbreak
55 cases still active (combined)

163 residents isolating in Kings Park Southbank. If in area and any symptoms at all, get tested.

Exposures sites include: South Melbourne Market & South Melbourne Central. Isolate & get tested if you were in the area.

Positive cases - Nurse at Epping Private Hospital. Was looking after aged care positive cases. Others associated with Kings Park Southbank.

Vaccinations - launching online booking portal. Encourage second dose people to book via online portal.

CHO BRETT SUTTON

Proof of significant ski fields clusters overseas, so MUST get tested before going to ski fields.
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So does that mean for us up here it is still masks indoors and having to check in everywhere?

After studying the Covid restriction changes announced today, for rural and regional Victoria, it still seems to be excessively stringent considering no Covid in most areas -and the low affected numbers at present In the Melbourne area - since it started last year. Why?. No wonder so many are completely exasperated!.

So is there different rules for rural and metro ? But metro is allowed in rural ? 🤷🏼‍♀️

23 hours ago
Alexandra Newspapers

Goulburn Valley Health Update: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Changes

Due to ongoing vaccine supply constraints, from Monday 14 June changes have been put in place for people wanting to receive first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as detailed below:

Pre-existing bookings for first dose of Pfizer vaccine:

Everyone who has already booked a first dose of Pfizer will receive their vaccine.

Access to second dose of the Pfizer vaccine: There will be enough supply for everyone to have their second dose when it is due. We understand most people have already booked in for their second dose. For the small number of people of who may not have booked their second dose, please call the hotline 1800 675 398 to make a booking. From Monday 14 June 2021 until further notice, you cannot walk in to any COVID-19 Vaccination Hub to receive a Pfizer vaccine.

New bookings for first dose of Pfizer vaccine:

From June 14 2021, until further notice, unfortunately you will not be able to book in to receive a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The only exceptions are: people who work for Hotel Quarantine, people who work for Tidewatch, high rise accommodation residents and staff, Red Zone airport and marine port staff, and those with travel exemptions.

Walk-in attendance at the Vaccination Hubs:

Unfortunately walk ins for any Pfizer vaccination has been paused until further notice. Access to the AstraZeneca vaccine: Walk ins and bookings for AstraZeneca will continue without change until further notice.
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Lucas Russell

Supply constraints or incompetence from #scomo

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23 hours ago
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The Vic Gov Department of Health said, "The five new locally-acquired cases include two announced yesterday and three further cases linked to current outbreaks." ... See MoreSee Less

The Vic Gov Department of Health said, The five new locally-acquired cases include two announced yesterday and three further cases linked to current outbreaks.
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