The global impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across the community, business, health organisations and government. Restrictions placed by the State Government have changed the way our community interacts. The Hepburn Shire community has demonstrated great resilience, with many individuals and organisations developing initiatives that have supported those around them.

We are in the middle of a pandemic emergency and we acknowledge that this will not be going away anytime soon. Restrictions in regional Victoria may continue at the same level or tighter restrictions may again be imposed on us. Whatever the case, we need to plan and prepare for this new way of life. In planning for now and into the future, we want to work with our community to assist in recovery from this pandemic.

Council is working collaboratively with other agencies in response to this pandemic emergency. We are planning for the present and for whatever the future may bring. Together we aim to assist the recovery of our community and its members affected by the pandemic to function in the most effective way possible. To assist our community in achieving an effective level of functioning, we are forming two groups, a Business Response and Recovery Taskforce and a Community Recovery Taskforce. We are seeking expressions of interest from members of our community to work with us in developing a recovery action plan.

The purpose of the taskforces is to act as forums for consultation and the provision of feedback and information exchange. They will support a coordinated response and approach to activities that will support our business and economic recovery.

Please read the Terms of Reference below prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

Hepburn COVID- Business Taskforce Terms of Reference

Hepburn COVID- Community Taskforce Terms of Reference

COVID-19 Business Response and Recovery Taskforce EOI

COVID-19 Community Recovery Taskforce EOI

Expressions of Interest are due on 25 August 2020, and members will be appointed by the Municipal COVID-19 Response and Recovery Committee.

Please respond to the questions in the documents above to complete your Expressions of Interest. Once complete, please email to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au or drop into a Council customer service centre.

Should you have any questions about this taskforce, please contact David George, Coordinator Community Safety, on 5348 2306.

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