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Community Information - COVID-19

With the rising number of positive COVID cases across the community, unexpected delays or cancellations of our services, classes, and events may occur. Please be patient with our staff. We are committed to creating the best outcomes for everyone.

To avoid unnecessary frustration, please call ahead before you travel to any council sites. To reduce your risk, please wear a mask and maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.

General Coronavirus information

For the latest information, including the current exposure sites please see the State Government Coronavirus website.

See a map of the testing locations closest to you.

Information is regularly updated and provides specific health and medical advice, including targeted information for:

Information about travel restrictions is on the Smartraveller website.

If you suspect you may have Coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.

Vaccination information

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations and details of local vaccination centres including the Monash Health centre at Sandown Racecourse in Springvale, and Alfred Health Sandringham centre.

All Australians 18 and over are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, among other groups. You can use the Australian Government’s eligibility tracker to find out if you are eligible to be vaccinated. It also includes a wide range of information on the vaccine and roll-out. 

'COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

 

Business support 

A range of support and COVID-19 resources are available for Kingston businesses. Find out more.

Council’s Kingston Business team also offers a range of services to support businesses, particularly as businesses try to respond and recover from COVID-19 impacts. This includes:  

Support for new businesses 
Find out more including details on our free Business Wizardry service which helps new businesses navigate any required permit approvals. 

Networking events, workshops, grants and business news  
Keep in touch with free training, networking opportunities, government grants and more via our e-newsletter or Kingston Business Facebook page. 

Free business mentoring service 
Experienced mentors provide free, confidential service to provide a 'sounding board' for local business owners. 

Advertise your business 
In a free listing promoting local traders and encouraging our community to shop local. 

Support your team’s wellbeing with the free Kingston B-Well program to help improve staff health and reduce workplace injuries. 

Support for expanded outdoor trading options 
Council has provided additional public space for outdoor trading options in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Community Support

Council runs a wide range of services to ensure our community is supported and connected while coping with the impacts of COVID and during the recovery period. This includes:

Access Care provides a wide-range of much needed support services for the elderly/people with disability including:

  • Personal care services
  • Delivered meals
  • Urgent home modifications and home maintenance
  • Welfare checks

Community Support Hotline 
Kingston Council offers a dedicated hotline for information and support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Phone our friendly team during business hours on 1300 653 356 if you are facing difficulty, looking for information or need a little extra support.

Emergency relief
Council has provided $50,000 in grants to our local emergency relief service providers as part of our ongoing commitment to support the community to get through the impacts of COVID-19.

Mental health support
Kingston has conducted Mental Health First Aid training workshops this month with local multicultural and faith leaders to help them deliver cross-cultural mental health support to people from culturally and linguistically-diverse communities

Rates assistance
Council will not be charging interest on rates payments this financial year.
We encourage anyone experiencing significant hardship to contact Council to discuss available options.
Apply for serious financial hardship support

Pensioner rate rebate
A discount of $113 on annual rates to help support our elderly, in addition to the Victorian Government concession.
Read about rate rebate eligibility and how to apply.

Kingston Libraries
Home Library Service and Click and Collect options to continue to serve our community during lockdowns and provide much-needed entertainment and education.
Visit the Kingston Libraries website.

 

Services and events


Essential services

Essential Council services that are currently running as normal (subject to Government announcements) include, but not limited to:

  • All bin collections (please ensure bins are easily accessible to minimise the need for drivers to get out of the vehicle)
  • Community and childhood immunisations (all immunisations now require a booking; please call 9581 4870)
  • Maternal Child Health consultations, with short face to face consultations for young babies and telehealth and phone consultations for infants and toddlers
  • Issuance of planning permits
  • Aged and disability services including:
  • Personal care
  • Unescorted shopping    
  • Escorted shopping (only if required e.g. to get to a bank, pay bills)
  • Delivered meals
  • Essential domestic assistance
  • Urgent home modifications and home maintenance
  • Assessments by phone
  • As an extra service during this time we will also be conducting welfare checks by phone and in person if required.

Council can still assist you with any queries via:



Beaches

Kingston’s Beaches are open for exercise and recreation. Please ensure State Government restrictions are adhered to.


Business information

If your business has been affected by coronavirus, there is a range of information, support and stimulus packages available from Business Victoria.

Read more about your Business and COVID-19, including outdoor trading and support available for Kingston businesses.



Community Bus Service

Social outings on the Community Bus have been suspended.

Residents who wish to book AccessCare services can call 1300 819 200.



Community Centres

Council-managed centres are now open. Please contact your local site for details. 

  • Chelsea Activity Hub
  • Sundowner Community Centre
  • Westall Community Hub
  • Clarinda Community Centre
  • Patterson Lakes Community Centre
  • Carrum Activity Hub
  • Melaleuca Activity Hub
  • Mentone Activity Hub
  • Moorabbin Activity Hub/NG Wishart.

Please contact other non-Council centres directly: Aspendale Gardens Community Service, Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Cheltenham Community CentreDingley Village Neighbourhood Centre, Longbeach Place, Mordialloc Community Centre & Mordialloc Neighbourhood House.



Community Sport

Community sport is permitted with COVIDSafe restrictions.   



Community Support Hotline

Phone our friendly team during business hours on 1300 653 356 if you are facing difficulty, looking for information or need a little extra support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Kingston Council and local support services are working together to support our community. Our Community Support Hotline can offer information and connect you with local support services including: 

  • emergency food aid
  • home support services
  • financial counseling/assistance
  • family violence support
  • mental health services
Our trained staff are available during business hours to assist. 


Council Meetings

Watch our Council Meetings via our live streaming service.



Customer Care and Planning Counters

Our Customer Care centre in Cheltenham is open. The Planning Counter will re-open on Monday 8 November. 

Our Chelsea Customer Care centre remains closed.

For assistance please phone 1300 653 356 during business hours, or contact us via:

Online: Service requests and payments or click on the orange chat bubble in the lower right hand corner of the page.
Email: info@kingston.vic.gov.au
Social Media: FacebookInstagramTwitter



Events in Kingston

Community events on Council Land

Kingston is home to a range of fantastic parks, open spaces and community halls that are available for you to use and enjoy. We actively encourage local and community events to be held on land owned or managed by Council.

It is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure attendees at any event abide by the current Victorian Government directions.

Submit and event application.



Family and Children's Centres

Education and childcare plus kindergarten programs are open.



Family Day Care and Playgroups

Family Day Care 

Family Day Care is an education and care service open for children whose parents/carers are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home. Vulnerable children can still attend. A permit system applies see current COVIDSafe Settings in early childhood education and care services | Coronavirus Victoria for details.

 

Playgroups

Council’s Supported Playgroups are currently suspended. View activity ideas and strategies to connect with your children.



Family Support Services

Kingston’s Family Support Services will continue as usual.



Farmers' Market

Please follow the guidelines below when attending the Kingston Farmers' Market:
  • Please wear a mask
  • The market will be spread out to allow social distancing.
  • There will be no tables and chairs at the market.
  • All stallholders will have 1.5 metre distance markers outside their stalls, so please stand on the markers whilst being served or waiting to be served.
  • Most stallholders accept debit and credit cards, so please use if possible. However, cash is still legal tender and will be accepted.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for use at the market entrance.
  • Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets at the reserve.


Immunisation Service

Scheduled Immunisation Sessions are now operating by appointment only. 
Please call 9581 4870 to leave a message with your name, date of birth and phone number.
You will get a confirmation call back.

Find out more



Kingston Arts

Kingston Arts facilities are open.


Libraries

Kingston Libraries are open (except Chelsea and Moorabbin). Click and Collect is also available.

Read more about our online Library services.

Our friendly team are available via phone to help you access any of our online services.
Phone us during business hours on 1300 135 668.



Maternal & Child Health and Breastfeeding Services

Maternal & Child Health

Maternal & Child Health consultations for parents/carers of young babies aged 2, 4, and 8 weeks will be short face to face consultations to undertake physical and developmental assessment, weight checks and breastfeeding support at the Maternal and Child Health Centre, supplemented by telehealth support.

For infants and toddlers, the Maternal and Child Health consultation will be held via telehealth with the parents/carers.

 

Breastfeeding Service

Feed and chat drop-in sessions have been temporarily suspended. Breastfeeding consultations will be provided via telehealth, with face to face consultations where necessary.



Out of School Hours Care

Before & After School Care programs

Kingston’s Before and After School Programs operating hours are dependent on advice from the Department of Education given to State Government schools. Families will be informed through their schools of any changes to the regular operational hours.

School Holiday Program

The fun returns next holidays at Southmoor and Chelsea Primary Schools. Read more about our School Holiday Program



Parks and playgrounds

Playgrounds are open.

Exercise equipment and skate parks are open.

Exercise and recreation can take place in parks and reserves, however please ensure State Government restrictions are adhered to.

Find out more on personal training and group fitness classes.



Rates

Rate relief 

As part of our commitment to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for our community and businesses, Council has again committed to not raise interest on overdue rates and charges for the 2021/22 financial year.

Financial hardship approved ratepayers can defer rates and arrange a payment plan interest free. Payment arrangements will also be considered upon application. If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us on 1300 653 356 to discuss options available to you. 



Sharps disposal

Council offers a free sharps disposal service which is vital for some people in our community, such as diabetics.

Containers can be dropped off at our Cheltenham Customer Service Counter, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham, Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

For vulnerable customers (elderly or immune compromised) who are quarantined due to COVID-19 and unable to collect new sharps containers, please contact our Customer Care team on 1300 653 356.

You can also exchange sharps containers at a number of participating pharmacies in the area.



Waste and Recycling services

All City of Kingston waste services will continue as normal.

Please continue to put our your rubbish bins for collection at your usual time, ensuring bins are easily accessible to minimise the need for drivers to get out of the vehicle.

We've also added extra waste collections in our local parks, foreshore and open-spaces in response to the increased numbers of visitors enjoying our great facilities.



Waves Leisure Centre

Waves Leisure Centre is open.

Visit the Kingston Active website for more information about changes to services and bookings.

 

Staying active at home

Keep active at home with our free workouts for all fitness abilities.



Youth Services

 

Platform 81 currently remains closed for drop-in visits.

Counselling and essential services continue to operate from the site, by appointment only.  

From 24 November most services will return to the site, but access must be booked in advance.

All visitors aged 16 and over must be fully-vaccinated and check in on arrival, with the exception of community members accessing counselling services. 

 To make a booking or find out more, please contact 1300 369 436 or youth.services@kingston.vic.gov.au

 


 


Community Survey

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we launched a survey to check in with our community and hear their personal experiences for 12 months while on the road to recovery.

The results helped Council provide targeted support services, respond to changing community needs and make sure we were caring for our community.

The survey ran from May 2020 - May 2021 and is now closed. Results from the survey are provided below as they are released.

If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Council’s Community Capacity Officer on 1300 653 356.

Results

The COVID-19 Survey results will be published here regularly. The below points show some of the main findings:

  • Most respondents in October and November were aged 65-74 years followed by those aged 55-64 years
  • Stress ratings decreased by 13% from October to November, after peaking in August/September
  • Virtual contact with friends and family remained consistently high from May to November, with 79-91% of people maintaining regular virtual contact with friends
  • Levels of loneliness decreased from 46% in October to 32% in November
  • The proportion of people worried about being infected with COVID-19 has declined from 57% in August to 51% in November
  • From May to November most people (80%) indicated they were concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, however most have remained confident that they can continue providing for their family
  • Most people report reduced hours/wages or loss of income as the greatest economic impact of COVID-19
  • In October and November 18-20% of people felt their job was at risk, which is less than in previous months
  • Throughout the pandemic respondents have felt vulnerable members of their community were well supported
  • Loss of connection with social networks, concern for friends and family and mental health have remained consistently the most cited concerns by respondents between May and November

Read the more about the results in the full reports:


 Last updated: 6 January 2022