COVID-19

Victoria to enter its sixth lockdown from 8pm tonight

Victoria will enter its sixth lockdown from 8pm tonight for one week, just over one week after the fifth lockdown ended. The lockdown is in response to a growing cluster in Melbourne's west, which has...

Whittlesea Womanhood Association provides groceries and clothes to vulnerable families

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The Whittlesea Womanhood Association Inc is providing grocery bags and children’s clothing to women and families in the municipality who have lost work due to COVID-19. President Niharika Dawar and vice president Sanaz...

Victoria’s lockdown will lift at midnight tonight, new restrictions in place

Victoria's statewide lockdown will end on schedule at 11.59pm tonight as the state records 10 new COVID-19 cases today, all of whom were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period. The five reasons...

Mitchell Shire is experiencing a pandemic baby boom, with births up more than 30%

By Colin McGillivray MITCHELL Shire is in the midst of a COVID-19 baby boom, with figures showing a spike in births across the region during the past year. In an eight-day span earlier this month, 25...

Kilmore food relief charity feeding up to 70 families a day during pandemic

By Tricia Mifsud Kilmore food relief centre Freedom Care is urging families to seek help if they are experiencing financial hardships, particularly those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Operations manager Sue Dalton said prior to COVID-19,...

MP calls for reopening of regional areas with no COVID-19 cases or exposure sites

Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell has called for the reopening of regional municipalities that have no COVID-19 exposure sites, as the deadline for the easing of Victoria’s fifth lockdown approaches. The state was...

Small retail businesses wither in regional Victoria as fifth lockdown hits hardest

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Small businesses in regional areas are struggling through what some are calling the most difficult lockdown in Victoria yet, due to complicated eligibility criteria for financial support and reined-in community spending. Jodi Phillips,...

COVID disaster payments increased for eligible Victorians

Victorians impacted by the extended lockdown can apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payments from this Friday, July 23. Eligible people will be able to get $600 per week if they have lost 20 or more hours...

Statewide lockdown extended, red zone travel permits suspended

Victoria's statewide lockdown will be extended a further seven days as officials work to trace thousands of contacts linked to 85 active COVID-19 cases in metropolitan and regional areas. Due to the current level...

Whittlesea council allocates its $2 million COVID-19 recovery fund as unemployment rises

The City of Whittlesea has decided how the $2 million in its COVID-19 pandemic recovery fund will be spent. A group of 32 randomly selected residents representative of the diversity of the municipality, as part...