Lockdown in City of Ballarat to Lift on Schedule

On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the seven-day lockdown in the City of Ballarat will lift at 11:59pm tonight, 22 September, with public health officials increasingly confident that the spread of cases in the city is under control. The Ballarat community’s extraordinary efforts and sacrifice to date have helped slow the spread of COVID-19 locally, prevent a longer lockdown, and protect others in Ballarat and across western Victoria.

With these changes, Ballarat will move to the COVIDSafe settings it was under before the lockdown, with no reasons required to leave the home and no limit on travel throughout regional Victoria.

To see the full Media Release from the Victoria Government – CLICK HERE.

Safety Alert from WorkSafe Victoria – Earthquake Response for Construction Industry

CCF Victoria have received the following message from WorkSafe Victoria in response to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake experienced across the State. See below…

This morning there are reports an earthquake registering a reading 5.8 magnitude in the Mansfield area, there are reports of some structural damaged experienced across areas of Melbourne.

Further to the existing “make safe works” that may be underway in response to the latest industry restrictions, it would be appropriate to initiate urgent and essential work to protect the health and safety of workers or members of the public in the form of an inspection of all workplaces that may have been impacted for structural integrity both of permanent and temporary supporting structures, including but not limited to: temporary braced precast panels, safety screens, scaffolding, formwork; and trenching for loose but not as-yet fallen material”.

Please note all necessary inspections should comply with the Workplace (Additional Obligations) directions (No. 45) – CLICK HERE to view Workplace Directions document.