Information about Coronavirus and Berrigan Shire Council
COVID 19 Service Update - Border Crossings
From Wednesday 8 July, NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens.
If you're travelling from Victoria to NSW, you'll need a COVID-19 NSW border declaration permit.
More information, including details on how to apply for a permit, will be available via Service NSW website here.
The table below details the border crossings that will be open for those with permits, along with those that are closed and the suggested detour crossing points.
Please remember that lengthy delays are expected at the check points. Information will be updated if the situation changes.
Open - Check Point
Cobram Barooga Bridge
Open - Check Point
Murray River Mayors and CEOs unite in historic push to get restrictions changed
Mayors and CEOs spanning both sides of the Murray River from Corryong to Wentworth are joining forces in an unprecedented show of strength to convince the NSW Government to ease its latest tough border restrictions.
Since the new public health orders came into effect, all 14 councils say they have received messages, emails and phone calls from residents who can no longer get to work or open their businesses, with many already closing their doors.
Amid fears of a devastating economic impact on border communities that have always lived and worked closely together, the border leaders have combined to tell the NSW Government that the creation of a border zone now restricted effectively to a 2km strip on either side of the river is unacceptable and unsustainable.
Berrigan Shire Council Mayor Cr Matthew Hannan says the harsh restrictions are creating stress and anxiety for workers, businesses and families, some of whom are facing enormous financial and emotional hardship because of the narrow permit zone along the border.
‘Our request to the NSW Government is simple: please allow border community workers on both sides of the border to do their jobs,’ he said.
‘While we understand that both governments are working to restrict the spread of COVID-19, it should be made clear that there are only a handful of active cases of the virus in the border communities yet people living along the Murray River are being heavily penalised through no fault of their own.’
Mayor Cr Matthew Hannan said all 14 councils had taken the historic step of uniting in a collective call for the NSW Premier and Health Minister to amend the order to allow more workers and business owners to cross the border, travel directly to their workplaces, and travel directly back to their homes each day.
‘The narrow border strip system is causing a growing amount of harm to our communities as each day passes, so we’re urging the government to consult with us so we can save our economies while also ensuring we’re all working together to minimize the risk of the virus spreading,’ Mayor Cr Matthew Hannan said.
The councils calling for the change are: Albury, Berrigan, Campaspe, Federation, Gannawarra, Greater Hume, Indigo, Mildura, Moira, Murray River, Swan Hill, Towong, Wentworth and Wodonga.
Berrigan Shire Council has continued to monitor the evolving situation relating to COVID-19, in particular any and all advice from the Australian Government and NSW Department of Health and at present have undertaken the following measures:
The doors are once again open at the Council Chambers and our libraries in line with Federal and State Government directives, with some changes instigated as follows:
• Where possible we ask that residents and ratepayers continue to contact the Council via telephone or email.
• The Bendigo Bank agency will continue to open 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Bank staff have been instructed to handle bank transactions and enquiries only
• All Berrigan Shire Council controlled halls and community buildings remain closed
• Streetstall bookings have recommenced, please contact our Customer Service Team to confirm your booking
• Public BBQ’s are operational
• Playgrounds are all open, except those at Hayes and Apex Parks in Berrigan which are under construction.
• All Skateparks are open.
• Finley Showgrounds and Town Beach remain closed.
• All toilets are open, except Hayes Park Berrigan which remains closed due to refurbishment works.
• Council’s waste management facilities are open
• Council’s kerbside waste collection service continues as normal
• Although our libraries are open, they have some restrictions in place. More details can be found on our Library Happenings page at: http://www.berriganshire.nsw.gov.au/index.php/library/library-happenings
Use public equipment with caution
Wash hands before and after use and, if possible, wipe surfaces down before use; assume the person before you might have the virus.
Maintain physical distancing at all times and do not go out if you are sick.
For the latest updates from NSW Health please visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx