Council offering care packages for vulnerable community members
Published on 21 April 2020
As part of our ‘Caring for our Community’ initiative, Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with local Community Support Centres, is offering care packages for our most vulnerable and isolated community members who are impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic on the Peninsula.
The Shire has packing and distribution centres in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings run by Shire staff and community volunteers.
Care packages will be sent to eligible households through contactless delivery. Care packages will include non-perishable food and essential hygiene items.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said “we know this pandemic, the social isolation required, and the impacts on people’s jobs and income we’ve seen are making it really difficult for some of our community members”.
“We’ve already distributed hundreds of packages to those in need, we hope they assist in making this trying time a little easier”.
You are eligible to receive a care package if you:
- are being impacted by Covid-19 due to self-isolation
- are considered ‘at risk’ of getting COVID-19
- have no support locally to access supplies
- are experiencing significant hardship due the current situation.
How do I register to receive care packages?
To register to receive a care package from Mornington Peninsula Shire phone 1300 850 600.
If you need the assistance of an interpreter phone 131 450
TTY/voice calls: 133 677
Speak and listen: 1300 555 727
SMS relay: 0423 677 767
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment contact us through the National Relay Service: communications.gov.au
For those in mandatory self-isolation, the state government have Emergency Relief packages you can access by calling the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Community Information and Support Centres
Community Information and Support Centres provide a number of programs and services to assist vulnerable individuals, couples and families.
Services provided include fresh food parcels, personal hygiene products and food vouchers. There is also support available for people experiencing financial difficulties and referral information is provided to other health and community agencies.
There are three Community Information and Support Centres operating on the Peninsula:
- Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre: 5986 1285
- Westernport Community Support Centre: 5979 2762
- Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc.: 5975 1644
For health-concerns about Coronavirus:
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest updates on impacted council services, programs, events and activities visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Our Mayor, Cr Sam Hearn, takes us behind the scenes at Rosebud Memorial Hall where Shire staff are preparing the community care packages.