Council calls for help

Tate Papworth

Active cases of COVID-19 have continued to fall within Brimbank.

In the week ending Sunday, the number of active cases within the municipality had dropped from 364 to 269.

But Brimbank is still being troubled by a number of major outbreaks.

The cluster linked to the Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer stands at 161 cases, while 123 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North.

The JBS abattoir has 160 cases linked to it.

However, with numbers going down, Brimbank council has unveiled a new response and recovery plan to help address the unprecedented local impacts of the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic.

Designed to clearly outline the support required from federal and state governments to help the Brimbank community through the pandemic, the 19-Point action plan for COVID-19 recovery and response sets out front and centre Brimbank’s challenges as well as opportunities.

Mayor Georgina Papafotiou once again called on the state and federal governments to partner with the council to help the municipality out of dark times.

“Council has been working in partnership with all relevant federal government and state government departments including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local service providers, but the reality is the current approach to combatting this invisible enemy needs to be reviewed and bolstered to help mitigate and suppress the spread, and to begin developing a pathway for recovery,” she said.

Cr Papafotiou said combined with increased investment and support from the state and federal governments, the council was doing more than ever before, but it was simply not enough.

“Council has welcomed the over $70 million in government funding we have helped secure but we know that this is only a starting point for what our community will need to help truly recover from the health, wellbeing and economic consequences of this pandemic.”