COVID-19 council news: shoppers urged to buy local

By McIvor Times

THE City of Greater Bendigo is urging residents to shop local and support local businesses to protect jobs over the coming months.

Director of strategy and growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the COVID-19 pandemic was already having a serious impact on local business and services following the cancellation of the region’s major events.

“There are difficult and challenging times for local businesses who are doing their best to keep open under exceptional circumstances,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Our region is lucky enough to have a great range of available local produce, a variety of local suppliers of all kinds including cafés, hotel, restaurants and great shops from butchers to florists.”

The general rule of thumb is: if you want the business to survive the pandemic, shop there.

The following City of Greater Bendigo services will be closed until further notice:

  • Customer service centres in Bendigo and Heathcote
  • Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Bendigo and Heathcote Visitor Centres

While the buildings are closed, council staff will continue to provide customer support online and over the phone.

Other important updates:

  • All immunisation sessions have been moved to Strathdale Community Centre for the foreseeable future.
  • Monday sales at Bendigo Livestock Exchange will continue for as long as possible, focused on maintaining sale of animals to support the fresh food industry.
  • Qantas has ceased all flights between Bendigo and Sydney until at least the end of May.
  • Early Learning centres and swimming pools will be strongly guided by health advice and are under review, but operational for the time being.