Face Mask Mandatory for Regional Victoria

COVID-19 Update

As of 11.59pm on Sunday 2nd August, all residents of Victoria must wear a face covering whenever you leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.  A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth.  It could be a face mask or shield.

Children under 12 years do not need to wear a face covering. Children aged two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
There are lawful exceptions for not wearing a face covering including if you have an illness or condition that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, if you are doing strenuous exercise or if you are unable to do your job while wearing a face covering.

Even with a mask, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you and others.

People who do not wear face coverings and do not have a lawful excuse can be fined $200.

For further information visit:  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

Interested in Standing for Council Election?

Candidate Information Session in July
Are you interested in becoming a Mansfield Shire councillor?
Local government elections will be held throughout Victoria in October and a candidate information session will be held in Mansfield on 16 July.
The VLGA workshop is designed to increase understanding of councils and council elections in the community, leading to more informed candidates and voters. It takes a holistic approach to building community leadership capacity and informing community members about the business of local government.
The session is scheduled for July 16 at 4pm in the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre. Interested people can register on the VLGA’s website: Candidate Information Workshop Mansfield Shire registration . Bookings are not essential, however we encourage you to register your interest so that we can keep you informed if there are any changes due to the social distancing regulations.
The VLGA also provides a Candidate Guide to the 2020 elections on its website.
In addition, later in the year, the Victorian Electoral Commission will provide information sessions on the logistics of local government elections and the responsibilities of candidates.

Mansfield Library to re-open

Mansfield Shire Library will re-open on Tuesday 9th June albeit with reduced hours, a limit of 20 persons inside including staff and limitations to the availability of some services.  Controls will be in place to ensure social distancing of 1.5m.  Borrowers are encouraged to continue using the Click and Collect service and if attending the library, to restrict their time to 15 minutes for borrowing and browsing.  Loans are limited to those within the High Country Library Network and returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 4 days before being available to reloan.

Hours of operation starting 9 June are:
Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am – 12pm
Thursday 10am – 12pm
Friday 10am – 12pn and 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Saturday – Closed

Mansfield Shire Customer Service Desk to Re-open

Mansfield Shire Council will re-open its Customer Service Desk at 33 Highett Street, for limited face-to-face service on 1 June.  The Service Desk is open primarily for payments with Eftpos and cheques being accepted (no cash).  Specific Council enquiries should still be directed via phone, email or through the council website.

Limited VicRoads services will be available including photo point services for drivers and firearms licences, work diaries and VicRoads forms.  Residents will also be able to drop off sharps containers and dispose of batteries and X-rays via a drop-off point in front of the foyer.

For further enquiries contact Mansfield Shire Council on 5775 8555.

Mechanics Institute Centenary Paver Drive Extended

Due to COVID-19 the deadline for the Tolmie Mechanics Institute Centenary paver drive has been left open-ended.  The original deadline was for the end of March 2020, however with circumstances being as they are at present, the organisers have decided to leave it open until later in the year.  Anyone interested in having a personalised paver laid at the entrance path to the hall are still encouraged to submit their form & payment in readiness for when life returns to some normality.  The application form can be downloaded from the Hall & Sportsground page on this website.