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Six new cases of COVID-19 in Shepparton; public transport vouchers to be won

Here is Rosa Ritchie, back behind the keyboard on a day that should be hot with a maximum of 35 °, with a big blue sky.

Tomorrow it will be even hotter at 37 ° C, so it is definitely time to put some popsicles in the freezer to taste it.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Searching for community feedback regarding: Greens Lake, Corop

Here’s an opportunity to share your two cents on what the future use of Greens Lake should entail.

The Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning will hold a public consultation on Engage Victoria starting today and is seeking comments from the cocommunity to help develop Greens Lake’s final action plan.

The draft action plan describes the proposed future management approach for Lake Greens, which was officially decommissioned as an irrigation storage in 2019.

Under the proposed management plan, recreational activities will continue to be an important part of lake management, along with environmental and cultural values.

Activities such as kayaking, birding, camping and walking will be central to the future use of Greens Lake, with boating may continue under the proposal – subject to lake conditions.

Lake Greens is also part of an important cultural landscape for the Taungurung people, and the management plan seeks to reflect this importance, according to DELWP.

The consultation on the Green Lake draft action plan will end on January 31, 2022.

Have have your say by reviewing the draft action plan and completing a quote on the Engage Vic website https://engage.vic.gov.au/draft-greens-lake-action-plan

UPDATE, 12:25 p.m .: Grand Shepparton COVID-19 numbers

Data from the Department of Health shows there are six new cases of COVID-19 in Greater Shepparton and 120 people actively infected with the virus.

This is 13 active cases less than yesterday, when there were 133.

As for neighboring LGAs, Campaspe has one new case and 13 active cases in total, Strathbogie has three new cases and 16 in total, Benalla has two new cases and a total of 18, and Moira has 32 active cases, including four newly discovered.

As our community continues to recover from the challenges of the past nearly two years, there are many worthy charitable causes to donate to this summer.

Unsurprisingly, one of them is defended by People Supporting People and the people of Lutfiyes Shish Kebab. See details below.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m .: Increasingly important boosters

Australian Health Secretary Brendan Murphy has said the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 makes getting a booster shot more important, reports the AAP.

Over the weekend, Australia’s Immunization Technical Advisory Group approved the use of the Moderna vaccine as a booster vaccine for Australians aged 18 and over.

Like the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna can be used regardless of what a person received for their first and second dose.

Anyone aged 18 and over who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago is encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster now.

Booster doses are available at the GV Health Vaccination Hub at the McIntosh Center in Shepparton, as well as at the GV Health vaccination sub-centers in Mansfield, Kilmore, Cobram, Seymour and Kyabram, and on the Maxine Vaccine and Jabba vaccination buses. the Bus.

It is not necessary to reserve for a reminder, walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to make a reservation, call 1 800 675 398 (select 1-1-1) or book online at cvms.powerappsportals.com

This morning, a colleague of mine walked into the McIntosh Center without an appointment and was successfully “boosted” and backed up in 20 minutes.

UPDATE 11:55 am: Free transit vouchers for Victorians

If you are planning a trip to the city this holiday season, you may be eligible for one of the 250,000 free public transport vouchers that the Andrews Government will be offering to Victorians traveling to Melbourne CBD to attend events and attractions in December and January.

To promote a safe return to the city, 50,000 vouchers will be available for five different event categories: Christmas events, galleries and attractions, restaurants, performing arts and shopping.

The vouchers will be available on the PTV website from Thursday, December 16, and will be emailed to passengers, so they can be printed or viewed on a smartphone.

Passengers must present the voucher to station staff when entering or exiting the public transport network on the travel validity date.

The Andrews government will also provide free public transportation on Christmas Day and New Years.

On Christmas Day, metropolitan and regional public transport will be free from 3 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Boxing Day and will operate on a regular public holiday schedule.

Passengers on booked V / Line services should always book their trip so that they can get a ticket for free.

UPDATE 11:50 am: suspected break-in early in the morning this morning

Three motorcycles were reportedly stolen from a Shepparton business before dawn this morning.

Georgia Rossiter brings us the details.

UPDATE, 10:20 a.m .: Endangered birds soar on Australian pop charts

It is an original.

Prove they are no featherweight when it comes to supporting the Australian public, 53 of Australia’s most endangered bird species have soared up the pop charts this week, edging out Abba and Michael Bublé to nestle at No.5 on this week’s ARIA Albums chart.

Become the best-selling independent record, birds have indeed made their mark.

However, they failed to knock the iconic songbird Adele down from her perch, Songs of disappearance well and truly exceeded expectations by claiming the number 5 position.

Produced by Birdlife Australia, the album coincides with a report on the impact of climate change on endangered species.

UPDATE, 9:30 a.m .: photos from Secret Garden Gig

As promised, here’s a story and collection of beautiful photos of Megan Fisher from Saturday’s Dookie event.

There were a few familiar faces in the crowd when I did a squiz – see for yourself here.

Singalong: Talent on stage easily puts spectators on their feet.

UPDATE, 9:20 a.m .: Victorian COVID-19 numbers

Statewide, 323 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to Victorian hospitals, and two people have sadly lost their lives to the virus in the past day.

The seven-day average of hospital admissions has been around 300 for most of the past week and is slightly higher today at 312.

There are 77 Victorians in intensive care with COVID-19, and 40 are on ventilators.

Victoria has registered 1,290 new cases today.

Shepparton’s figures have yet to be released. As of Sunday, there were seven new cases in the Greater Shepparton LGA and 133 active cases.

UPDATE, 9:10 a.m .: morning news rolls out

It was a lovely evening on Saturday, as live music returned to Dookie Quarry with a Secret Garden Gig featuring artists from Goulburn Valley, great food and a great backdrop for the stage.

We’ll have photos and a Megan Fisher story at a glance, so come back to see if you can get your bearings in the crowd.

Grooving: The Secret Garden Gig at Dookie was a rock-n-roll hit.

In addition to good news, Watt Rd Bridge is open! After months of hard work, he’s back in action, relieving the headaches of a commute between Mooroopna and Kialla, etc.

Learn a little more about the $ 1 Million Project here.

From the sports office we hear The Duffy family of Shepparton won the famous Inter Dominion Championship on Saturday night, and there is no shortage of articles on cricket.

And it’s a very important public service announcement for anyone who has not yet sent Christmas presents by standard parcel post – today is the last possible day to ensure they arrive on time.

Customers who need a little extra time to find the perfect gift can always use Australia Post’s Express Post service. Be sure to send these express packages no later than Monday December 20 or Wednesday December 15 for WA and NT.

Australia Post executive managing director Rod Barnes said he expected to surpass last December’s delivery record of over 52 million packages, with more than 3 million a day reaching customers daily. the most loaded.

“We just completed the biggest month of online shopping ever in November, so we know a lot of people did their Christmas shopping early during these big online sales and as a result we delivered more of 2.3 million packages. every day of the week, ”he said.

“But for those who have not yet had the chance to finalize their gifts, we do everything we can to give them the best chance of arriving, including by delivering on weekends and until the early evening if necessary,” until Christmas Eve.

“If people miss these shipping deadlines, we’ll always do our best to get these gifts delivered on time, but it’s important to know that they might not arrive until after Christmas.”