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MCL eNews April 2021 edition
COVIDSafe settings for clubs and community group
Many of our 400+ community groups and organisations have re-opened their doors for 2021 and resumed face-to-face programs and activities. This is a much welcome time for our community to reconnect and enjoy time together. 

Key points to stay COVIDSafe:
  • There are no patron caps or groups limits, but you must apply the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule and use electronic record keeping
  • If using manual record keeping you must apply the 1 person per 4 square metre rule 
  • Maintain records of all people who attend the venue for 28 days including first name and contact phone number  
  • Food and drinks can be served as part of a club meeting or gathering. Avoid serving food that requires shared utensils or serving spoons
  • You do not need to change to disposable cutlery if you normally use reusable cutlery and crockery
For more information on how to ensure a healthy and safe environment, visit Victorian Government Community Service.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought uncertainty and challenges for many of us. We want to help improve mental health in Kingston so are asking you to tell us what you think, so we can decide the best way to help. Complete this short survey here.

We are also inviting you to come and chat to us:
•    27 April 10am - 1pm, Chelsea Library
•    1 May 8am - 12.30pm, Kingston Farmers Market (Sir William Fry Reserve)
•    5 May 1 - 6pm, Westall Community Hub

Find out more at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/mental_health or call 1300 653 356.
Do you or someone you know feel isolated?
If you're feeling lonely or isolated and would like to receive a letter from a community member, or want to put a smile on someone's face then join the Letterbox Project.

Kingston has signed up to this positive project that's helping build community links through letter writing.  Find out more at kingston.vic.gov.au/letterbox_project or sign up at Connected AU.
Poker machine-free venues
We have put together a list of venues you can attend or hold a function at that are free of gambling machines. All venues are within 3km of Kingston's borders and include a range of commercial businesses, sporting clubs, community buildings and Council venues. See this map to search for a pokies-free venue near you.

In 2019/2020 there was an average daily loss of $233,385 on poker machines in the City of Kingston, and a total loss of $62,080,320 last year.

Gambling-harm negatively impacts our community, particularly vulnerable populations that can least afford it.

Find out more about how Council is working to reduce gambling harm in Kingston. 
COVID-19 Vaccines: Information and choices
Hear about the types of COVID-19 vaccines available, their efficacy and side effects at a free 30 minute information session at Chelsea Library at 7pm Tuesday 4 May 2021.

The session will be presented by Jesse Truong, Community Health Nurse from Central Bayside Community Health and is delivered as a part of the Chelsea Twilights series. No registrations required. Contact Chelsea Library for more information on 1300 135 668.

To see all Chelsea Twilights events visit kingston.vic.gov.au/twilights.

Kingston Interfaith Network Committee will host its annual bus tour on 20 May 2021. Visiting places of worship, the tour will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about different faiths. This year the tour will visit Chùa Bảo Minh AusTemple, AUMSAI Sansthan Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, and Keysborough Turkish Islamic and Cultural Centre.

Free lunch will be provided at The Bay Hotel in Mordialloc. RSVP by 5pm Monday, 10 May 2021 to  Elisabetta at elisabetta.robecchi@kingston.vic.gov.au or 9581 4783. See the flyer or My Community Life for more.

COVID-19 Community Survey

Remember to fill out the COVID-19 community survey. The results will help Council provide targeted services, respond to changing community needs and make sure we are caring for our community.

Haven't signed up yet? Simply click here to take part. We will check in with you weekly for the first two months, then every month after that. Your responses will help us help the community and we thank you for your feedback.

Click Here to Start Survey
Victorian Statement Government 
The City of Kingston acknowledges the funding contribution made by the State Government of Victoria for the development of the My Community Life website, supporting resources and the delivery of community training sessions.
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