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Latest news from Surf Coast Shire Council

Watch Dr Rob Gordon, a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 30 years working with people affected by emergencies and disasters, explain the value of community leaders in the COVID-19  pandemic:

Australian National Surfing Museum now running virtual tours for schools

While the Australian National Surfing Museum’s doors may be closed for the time being, its virtual doors are wide open for school groups.

In an innovative move to ensure the museum’s work can continue throughout the pandemic, museum staff have been running educational virtual tours for students.

The online school sessions are being run via the museum’s Google arts and culture platform, which includes outstanding walk-through vision as well as 3D and high-definition images of objects.

Surf Coast Shire Councillor David Bell said it was a fantastic way to ensure students could still access the museum.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen all the clever and creative ways businesses have adapted to continue operating; it’s caused everyone to think outside the box,” he said. 

“The virtual tours have allowed the museum to share its collection and support the education sector during lockdown.”

“Year 12 students from Albert Park College recently took part in a virtual tour and the museum is now using feedback to refine its presentation, meet curriculum requirements and expand potential audiences in primary and secondary schools across Australia,” Cr Bell said.

Teachers can call the Australian National Surfing Museum on 5261 4606 to arrange a tour.

Confirmed cases

There are currently nine people in Surf Coast Shire who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department of Health and Human Services is the lead Victorian agency dealing with the coronavirus disease. We are encouraging people to stay informed directly with DHHS via or the 24 hour hotline 1800 675 398. Here are also the official Government Easy Read coronavirus resources.

Watch the latest video message from Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Rose Hodge:


Media Releases from Council

22 May, 2020: Australian National Surfing Museum now running virtual tours for schools

12 May, 2020: Council reopening recreation spaces with gathering and hygiene restrictions

11 May, 2020: Jan Juc outdoor performance space designs complete

11 May, 2020: Olympic gold medallist to speak at National Volunteer Week webinar event

8 May, 2020: Local road upgrades get underway 

8 May, 2020: Council and medical professionals encourage COVID-19 testing

5 May, 2020: All in this together: help is available

28 April, 2020: A community focus - draft budget adopted

28 April, 2020: COVID-19 support package adopted

27 April, 2020: Taking the lead: youth leadership program launches

24 April, 2020: COVID-19 support package a key feature of Council’s draft Budget 2020-21

23 April, 2020: Council postpones new waste system  

23 April, 2020: First-Time Parent Groups go online  

23 April, 2020: Special Council meeting 

22 April, 2020: Council and Surfing Victoria unite on ANZAC weekend message: spread out to stop the spread

9 April, 2020: Surf Coast Arts Trail to take a new format this year  

8 April, 2020: Council's Easter message: Stay home to stay safe

1 April, 2020: Changes to beach car park and access road changes

31 March, 2020: Buy Surf Coast website makes it easy to support local businesses

30 March, 2020: Beach, road, car park closures seek people to stay at home

26 March, 2020: Council seeks people to stay home

25 March 2020: Council targeting accommodation pandemic risk

24 March, 2020: Council suspends kindergarten terms  

17 March, 2020: Cash-free transfer stations to target infection risks

17 March, 2020: Council meeting cancelled and further changes in services

16 March, 2020: Supporting our community

13 March, 2020: Surf Coast Shire Council initial actions on COVID-19 advance