Advice on monitoring traffic, discussing ferry rules; Shepparton achieves 95% double dose rate

Happy Tuesday – it’s Max Stainkamph here to bring you the news of the day. I hope you are having a wonderful day; come back here throughout the morning and afternoon to keep up with everything happening in the GV and Shepparton.

We expect a high of 18 degrees today, with some clouds in the afternoon.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m .: What you need to know before today’s board meeting

Greater Shepparton City Council is meeting this afternoon and Darren Linton has reviewed the agenda to see what will happen.

First, traffic monitoring around the new site at Greater Shepparton Secondary College Hawdon St through the first quarter of 2022, with a number of changes to local traffic management plans.

Find out all of what they are discussing on the traffic front. In addition, we receive another bin! Purple trash cans will be rolled out citywide from 2023, in line with most other cities in Victoria, but there is a drag: the little red trash cans might not be collected every week.

Darren’s full rundown is here, but it also fits a story I did with Peter Foott this week. We discussed waste and what it will mean for us in the future as we tackle climate change.

It was fascinating to hear from someone dealing with the other end of the recycling bins and having to think about how you logistically recycle all of these things – and the glass bins will be an important part of the making. cardboard, paper and so on much more usable. Check out this story here.

And on that note – I have an early lunch (love an early lunch) – and will be back shortly!

UPDATE 11:15 a.m .: Police request information on wanted man under warrant

Shepparton Police have requested information on a 29-year-old man wanted under a warrant.

They issued the warrant against Raymond Hexter on Tuesday morning and urge anyone who sees him to call triple zero (000) or the Shepparton Police Station.

Read more here.

UPDATE, 10:55 a.m .: Important updates on dogs

The NewLeading bitch Audrey was at Princess Park dog park last night making new friends – the ribbon hasn’t officially been cut, but it’s open.

We’ll have a photographer there at 4 p.m. – if you’re around you might have your pooch on this week’s pets page.

Also, in a canine update of a different kind, reporter Caitlyn Grant had a chat with the Shepparton Go Dog Go group, which is pretty good and tickles my earbuds … drums? They sound good, that’s what I’m trying to say.

Find out what they did with the full story here.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m .: Prime Minister discusses pandemic legislation

At a press conference that – annoyingly – I couldn’t find live anywhere, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and the three crossbenchers involved in framing the pandemic legislation had a conversation with the media in Melbourne.

I must have stepped away from the media reports of this press conference, but The sun herald reported that the three crossbenchers – Fiona Patten, Andy Meddick and Samantha Ratnam, have all faced torrents of abuse and vile threats as they progressed through the legislation.

Mr. Meddick said the trio conducted themselves “calmly, calmly and politely”.

Protesters in Melbourne had also brought a fictitious gallows to protests over the weekend and again last night, in scenes reminiscent of the Jan.6 coup attempt in the United States earlier this year.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews dismissed opposition state claims that powers are being used to lock people up and said changes were measured.

“There are those who asked for exactly these measures just a few weeks ago. And as soon as the government did, they changed their position. This is the definition of a political game, ”said Andrews.

“The problem with these wars and our handling of this pandemic is that it is not a game. It is above all about ensuring the safety of people.

He also flagged announcements later this week, whether Thursday, Friday or Saturday, that would indicate what changes would be made to 90 percent double-dose, which is expected to happen around next Wednesday.

Previous announcements indicated that most restrictions on density limits and wearing masks (except in high-risk environments like public transport, hospitals and elderly care) would be removed once the state reached the milestone.

UPDATE, 9:30 a.m .: What’s up with the weather?

Let’s talk about the weather very quickly. It was three degrees overnight in mid-November. It was pretty cold this weekend, but I was lucky enough to kind of drive with sunglasses and wipers on.

It was very strange and very strange, and finally today we seem to be back on the right track. Principally. Tomorrow it will be partly cloudy and 22, then Thursday it will be 28 and it will rain. Then, as it is cricket season, it will rain on the weekends.

SPC factory sales summed up well all of the past week.

North of the border, NSW has recorded 212 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.

UPDATE, 9:00 a.m .: Victorian coronavirus figures released

Victoria has recorded 797 new cases of coronavirus and eight deaths, with hospitalizations falling again in the state.

The Victoria Department of Health said 394 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, down from the seven-day average of 418, while 72 people are in intensive care with the virus. Forty-four people are on a ventilator.

UPDATE, 8:30 am: proposed changes to pandemic laws; Shepparton’s vaccination rate has almost peaked

Late yesterday, figures were released showing Shepparton’s second dose vaccination rate was over 95 percent – where the numbers go above.

Federal data does not exceed 95%, which is (I’m guessing) because it is based on population estimates and there is a slight margin of error on the expected population.

From where we were just before the August 20 outbreak – 45 percent double dose – it’s just amazing and something to be proud of.

In other news this morning, the Victorian government agreed to change controversial proposed pandemic laws, which were rushed by the lower house and sparked protests in Shepparton over a week ago and Melbourne in in recent weeks.

The deadline for publishing reasons for pandemic decisions – such as lockdowns – has been shortened, and the prime minister must have “reasonable grounds” to declare a pandemic.

Fines for breaching public health orders have been halved. There are a few other minor changes on the periphery, including the need to formulate pandemic ordinances in light of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and with reference to the Equal Opportunities Act.

The laws would replace the declaration of state of emergency that has been in place throughout the pandemic and allowed the government to put in place lockdowns, mask warrants and more. The state of emergency is due to expire next month.

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