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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.
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 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 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
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