Return to lockdown: What does it mean for us locally? 


Return to lockdown: What does it mean for us locally? 

Customer Service
Our offices remain closed. You can get in touch with customer service by calling 5950 1000, emailing, or starting a live chat with a customer service officer on our website (click on the live chat symbol on the right-hand side of the screen).
Bin collection and resource recovery centres 
Bin collection continues as normal.
Resource recovery centres are open as normal Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm and weekends and public holidays 8 am – 5 pm.
Please note centres are closed from 12-12.30pm every day. Cards and vouchers only. No cash will be accepted.
On-demand hard rubbish collection: Residents can book curbside hard/green waste collection using their vouchers. Call 5950 1406.
Playgrounds and skateparks
Closed for six weeks.
Beaches and boat ramps
Fishing and boating are allowed from your local boat ramp/beach. Beaches remain open with swimming and surfing permitted. Maximum two people in a group and physical distancing measures must be adhered to.
The Briars
At The Briars, the general site and lawns and Balcombe/Harrap Creek Walks remain open. The Wildlife Sanctuary is also open with walking one way only. Angus and Rose is open for take away. The nursery will operate online only with ‘no contact’ pick up available.Visitor Centre, Eco-Living Display Centre, Outdoor Education Camp, and the Astronomy Centre are closed (including to members).
Libraries in Mornington, Rosebud, Somerville, and Hastings, and the Mobile Library are closed (including return chutes). Items currently on loan have been extended until 21 August and no fines will be issued. Public programs, such as storytime, will continue online.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is closed but online activities and programs will continue to run.
Mount Martha Public Golf Course
The golf course will remain open, with restrictions in place, including a maximum of two players in a group. Physical distancing must be adhered to.
Leisure Centres
Pelican Park, Civic Reserve, and Somerville recreation centres, Westernport Gymnastics and Crib Point Pool are closed.
Community halls and community houses
The Shire’s community halls will remain closed until further notice. Mount Martha and Mornington community houses will remain closed and continue to provide online activities.
Immunisation and Maternal Child and Health
The maternal and child health service is continuing to support parents and families over the phone, via electronic telehealth and some face to face consultations.First-time parent groups and sleep and settling information sessions are being provided via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.The immunisation health service is continuing with booked appointments.To book a maternal and child health service appointment or an immunisation appointment please contact 5950 1099.

Youth Services
Youth Services will continue to engage with young people online, via video conferencing and through Facebook and Instagram. Young people can also speak to a youth worker, phone: Shed 11: 5950 1666; The Corner Youth Centre 5975 3114 and Y-Lounge 5986 3585.

Disability and aged care services
We continue to provide essential in-home services including Meals on Wheels, personal care, respite care, escorted, and unescorted shopping. Delivery of non-essential services is modified including domestic assistance, home maintenance, regional assessment service and community transport. Senior Citizens Clubs and groups are canceled until further notice.

Kindergartens and Family Day Care
Will continue to run as normal.

Animal Shelter 
Our animal shelter remains open but we have implemented measures to care for the health and wellbeing of our community and staff. If you are interested in adopting animals, please view pets online and contact our shelter to make an appointment before visiting to reduce in-person contact. Our cat trapping program is continuing with measures implemented to reduce in-person contact.

Dromana Visitor Information Centre
Visitor services are being provided by phone (5950 1579) and email daily, 10 am-4pm.

Caring for our community

It is important for us to keep our community well. Many will struggle to return to isolation. Please check in on your family, friends, and neighbours (from a safe distance).

Many of our services including the libraryarts and culture, and MPRG offer interesting and fun things to learn and do online for young and old. Are you organising an online community event? Add it to our website!

Want to support a local business? Our business website lists cafes and restaurants that are offering take-away and delivery options during COVID-19. Is your business missing from the list? Register now!

Want to know how many infections we have locally? Search by local government area using the map on page 3.

With the support of Community Information and Support Centres, we are continuing to distribute our care packages to vulnerable people who are experiencing short-term issues due to COVID-19, are unwell, or considered ‘at risk’ of getting COVID-19, or have no support locally and are experiencing significant hardship. To register to receive a care package call: 1300 850 600.

The Shire’s Coronavirus webpages have information about physical health, mental health, testing and support services/helplines.

Are you feeling worried or struggling with isolation? Visit Beyond Blue and Lifeline for mental wellbeing support.

Are you or someone you know at risk of domestic violence? Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is the leading primary prevention agency for the health and wellbeing of women in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

People experiencing homelessness or problems with housing can contact the Salvation Army – Homelessness Service on 1800 825 955 (24-hour number).

Continue to check the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest information.

So What do the locals think?

Frustrated Locals!

Stay at Home!

Lockdown for non-Shire services

  • Restaurants and cafes can open for takeaway and home delivery only. No seated customers
  • Pubs, bars, clubs, and nightclubs are closed but can offer take away food and alcohol. No seated customers
  • Hairdressers and barbers can remain open
  • Beauty and personal care services are closed
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed
  • Galleries, museums, historic sites, zoos, outdoor amusement parks and arcades, play centres, indoor and drive-in cinemas, concert venues, theatres, auditoriums, arenas, stadiums, casinos, and gaming venues are closed
  • Outdoor sports facilities must close, except for facilities where people can exercise with no more than one other person or members of your household while maintaining 1.5 metres distance. Equipment should not be shared, and communal facilities cannot open
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor
  • Holiday accommodation and camping facilities are closed except for those who reside there for emergency accommodation or work purposes
  • Tennis remains open. Maximum two people
  • Equestrian centres remain open
  • Mountain biking is permitted
  • Men’s Sheds are closed
  • Community gardens are closed.

Local testing clinics

If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should get tested. For further advice call the 24-hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner, or use the State Government’s online self-assessment tool.

Testing is free if done through a public health facility or GP offering bulk billing.

Rosebud Hospital: The clinic is located in Eleanora House at the front of the Rosebud Hospital site and is open daily 10 am-6 pm.

Frankston Hospital: Open daily from 10 am-6 pm at 12 Hastings Road, Frankston.
Drive Through Screening Clinic: Monash University Peninsula Campus, Moorooduc Highway, Frankston. Open daily 8.30 am-4 pm.

Atticus Health Medical Clinic Hastings: Testing at the clinic car park. Tests are by appointment only.

Rosebud Respiratory Clinic at the Rosebud Skin Cancer Centre: Testing at the clinic by appointment.

Contact Us

Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000,
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939 
Phone: 03 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600
If you need the assistance of an interpreter, please phone 131 450.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service.
Visit: National Relay Service
TTY/voice calls: 133 677
Speak and listen: 1300 555 727
SMS relay: 0423 677 767

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