A message from Sport Recreation and Racing | 24 June 2020 

Over the weekend, the Premier announced a tightening of the rules in response to the recent rise in case numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

From 11:59pm on 21 June, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved community sport and physical recreation activities can resume under the latest Restricted Activity Directions:

 

For physical recreational facilities:

  • Outdoor and indoor sports venues and physical recreational facilities (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios and personal training facilities) can open.
  • For physical recreation, multiple separate zones may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a zone, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and be no less than 200 square metres. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two zones for different groups at each end. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor zone or indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons per pool. There is no limit on the number of people in each lane. The four-square metre rule applies to the non-water parts of the facility.
  • Playcentres, including trampolining, can now open for up to 20 people per space or zone.
  • Communal facilities, such as clubrooms and change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues applying the four-square metre rule to each enclosed space. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
  • Spas and saunas remain closed.
  • Sporting clubs that operate a restaurant, café or canteen within its facility may reopen with take-away and limited dine-in arrangements, provided it strictly adheres to the restrictions on hospitality venues including up to 20 patrons per enclosed space and in groups of up to 10, subject to the four-square metre rule.

For physical recreation activities:

  • For outdoor physical recreation, no more than 20 people per group for all age groups.
  • For indoor physical recreation, adults will be able to practise indoors with up to 20 people per zone, as long as the four-square metre rule is met. Individual group classes must have no more than 10 participants,
  • For indoor physical recreation, if all participants are under 18 years of age, they can practice indoors with up to 20 per zone and 20 per group, as long as the four square metre rule is met.

For organised community sport activities:

  • Organised non-contact training and competition are allowed for all age groups where participants can stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact community sport training and competition may resume.
  • For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
  • For example, 20 players for a game of basketball or 26 players for a game of water polo. Please note, that as these activities are considered contact-sport, only those aged 18 or under can participate.
  • If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).
  • Spectators for outdoor training and competitions must abide by gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 and spread out around the ground or venue. The group of 10 does not include those necessary for the activity to occur, such as the umpire or trainer and a parent or carer supporting a person with a disability to participate.
  • From mid-July – subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.

 

Updated guidelines, FAQs and resources are now available on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website. State Sporting Associations (SSAs) can continue to submit Return to Play plans aligned with the CHO Directions for advice and guidance from our Expert Advisory Panel via the eform on the website.

 

For high performance and professional sport, the guidelines remain unchanged. The team at Sport and Recreation Victoria are continuing to work with teams, National Sporting Organisations and DHHS on ways to support high performance and professional sport to return to play in the safest way possible.

 

For the racing industry, Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria are updating industry protocols regarding the return of owners and other governance officials to the racetrack.

 

It is vital that all participants - whether it be in community sport, active recreation, professional sport or racing - do their bit in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by sticking to the restrictions.

 

Stay safe by washing your hands, keeping your distance from others, and staying home if you feel unwell. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) you should get tested.

 

Please visit the DHHS website and SRV website to read the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and restrictions on sport and recreation. For any additional queries, please contact the DHHS COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 and select option two to speak to someone who can help or email info@sport.vic.gov.au.

 

For State Sporting Associations and community sport, please note that applications are still open for the Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package.

Grants of $1000 are available to clubs across the state, as well as grants of up to $15,000 for eligible associations and leagues.

Applications are closing Tuesday 30 June 2020, and I strongly encourage you to make your affiliated clubs, leagues and associations aware of this funding.

 

Please share sharing the following message on your digital channels:

 

Did you know your sporting club is eligible for a $1000 grant? It's part of the @VicGovAu Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package supporting community sport to #returntoplay

Applications open until 30 June: https://bit.ly/2Cc9Njp

 

Please forward this email to anyone in the sector who you think may benefit from this update.

 

A message from Sport Recreation and Racing | 15 June 2020  

On Sunday 14 June, the Premier announced the further gradual easing of restrictions throughout Victoria. From 11:59pm on 21 June:

 

  • Indoor sports centres and venues (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios) can open. No more than 20 participants are allowed per separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or class. There are no limits on the number of people per group or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • For adults, indoor and outdoor sport and exercise activities are allowed if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 people participating, or no more than 10 participants in a class.
  • Organised non-contact competitions are allowed for all age groups if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 participants in the competition.
  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact training and competition may resume.
  • Spectators for training and competitions must abide by gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 20 and spread out around the ground or venue.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons. There is no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool.
  • Communal facilities, such as change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues.
  • Playcentres including trampolining can now open for up to 20 people per space, with up to 10 people per group. There are no limits on the number of people per group if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • Large indoor venues will be able to allocate separate spaces and have up to 20 people in each space. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into 2 spaces for different groups at each end.

 

From mid-July, adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.

 

This announcement will be welcome news as many of you and your organisations prepare for a return to competition.

 

Sport and Recreation Victoria is working to update the return to play guidelines for community sport in line with the latest Directions from the Chief Health Officer.

 

The Sport and Recreation Victoria website will be updated with this information once finalised later this week and we will promote this via social media.

 

The Victorian Government will also be working with the three racing codes to support plans for owners return to racetracks, as flagged by the Minister for Racing.

 

Victoria is making good progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, we’re encouraging players, coaches, volunteers and support staff to stay safe by practising good hygiene, maintaining physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others and staying home if you feel unwell.

 

For the latest information on the new restrictions, please visit the DHHS website.

 

Please forward this email to anyone in the sector who you think may benefit from this update.

 

 

A message from Sport Recreation and Racing | 4 June 2020  Feedback

Following some feedback from my message of 2 June 2020 regarding the easing of restrictions for sport and recreation, we’ve clarified the advice for clubhouses and pavilions at community sporting clubs so it is clear what can and cannot open under the updated restrictions from 1 June.

Club houses may reopen to operate a restaurant, canteen or cafe with a maximum of 20 people in a single indoor space and subject to the four per square metre rule within these facilities and must adhere to the restrictions on restaurants and cafes. The facility operator must main on site whenever open to ensure group numbers do not exceed capacity.

There is no use of communal showers or change rooms, however toilets can open.

Detailed guidelines of the requirements for cafes, restaurants and food and drink facilities to reopen are available on the Business Victoria website.

Fact sheets are now available for community sport to support players, coaches, volunteers and clubs in understanding the new restrictions from 1 June. These printable fact sheets are now available for download on the Return to Play for Community Sport webpage on the SRV website.

As always, please visit the DHHS website and SRV website to read the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and restrictions on sport and recreation. For any additional queries, please contact the DHHS COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 and select option two to speak to someone who can help or email info@sport.vic.gov.au.

A message from Sport Recreation and Racing | 2 June 2020

Thanks to progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions on sport and recreation have eased under the latest Directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

 

From 11:59pm on 31 May 2020, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved all community sport and recreation activities can resume according to the following rules:

  • Groups of up to 20 people are permitted outdoors (or people from the same household), plus a coach/instructor or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to run the activity.
  • Parents or other people are required to keep a reasonable distance from groups in an outdoor setting or will be included in the group of 20.
  • No indoor activity – indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever reasonably possible.
  • All activity and training must be non-contact, and no competitions are to take place. Contact sports must be modified so that you can maintain 1.5m distance.
  • Outdoor communal gyms, playgrounds or skateparks are open. People cannot gather in groups of more than 20.
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools can operate with a maximum of 20 people and a limit of three people per lane of each pool.
  • No use of communal showers or change rooms, however toilets can open.
  • Saunas and spas remain closed.
  • Club houses may reopen with a maximum of 20 people in a single indoor space and subject to the four per square metre rule. Restaurants or cafes within these facilities must adhere to the restrictions on restaurants and cafes. Facility operator must remain on site whenever open to ensure group numbers do not exceed capacity.
  • If the activity is run by an operator of a physical recreation facility predominantly used for indoor physical recreation (such as a gym, health club or fitness centre), a personal training facility (indoors or outdoors) or an arena or stadium, then the operator must keep a record of attendees. No shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing.
  • No shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing.
  • Hand hygiene, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection, use of own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment.

 

From 11:59pm on 21 June, restrictions on sport and exercise may be further eased to include:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity.
  • Indoor physical recreation (e.g. gyms, health clubs, class fitness studios) can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity.
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.

 

The Sport and Recreation Victoria website has been updated with the latest information on the easing of restrictions and how your organisation can be supported with its return to play plans. Plans submitted voluntarily by SSAs from 1 June will need to address the updated CHO Directions.

 

High performance and professional sport is continuing to be supported to return to play as soon as possible. This will ensure players, coaches, trainers and support staff can return to their place of work and resume their jobs.

However, as high performance and professional sports teams will be training under strict risk mitigation measures, spectators will not be allowed at training or matches at this point in time.

 

The racing industry is continuing to operate under strict biosecurity controls, and we will continue to engage with Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria and Harness Racing Victoria to understand how they can be better supported under the current restrictions.

 

Once again, I would like to thank you for the role you and your organisation have played in helping slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

The easing of restrictions mean that Victorians can begin to get back to the sport and recreation activities they love, however it’s important we stick to the physical distancing restrictions to ensure Victoria’s good progress in limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) isn’t lost.

The situation continues to change and we urge you to regularly check coronavirus.vic.gov.au for updates.

If you have any queries about the updated restrictions for sport and recreation or the guidance available to your organisation, please first visit the DHHS website and SRV website to read the latest information. For any additional queries, please contact the DHHS COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 and select option two to speak to someone who can help or email info@sport.vic.gov.au.

 

40 million Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package

Applications for grants under the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package will be accepted from 25 May until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted.

From today, 12,000 clubs and associations across the state will be able to apply for support under a $40 million program to help with basic running costs and to support readiness to return to play. The $40 million community club and association program is a key component of the Government’s Experience Economy Survival Package and will help associations, leagues and clubs maintain their viability and connection to their communities, assist the return to training and play, and support members.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for funding in four categories, with grants available for amounts:

  • Up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations
  • Up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies, and other state sport and recreational bodies
  • Up to $15,000 for associations and leagues
  • Up to $1,000 for individual clubs.

Guidelines are through this link -  https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-sport-sector-coronavirus-covid-19-short-term-survival-package

 

 

Victoria's Gradual easing of restrictions - see COVID tab 

 

To the Mallee Community Sport & Active Recreation sector and our partners,

Re: Covid-19 & Mallee Sport Assembly programs and service delivery

In line with the changing expert medical & health advice, Mallee Sports Assembly has been slowly adjusting and winding back our service delivery, community programs & capacity building activities for the past week.  We recognise that as a community sport community and a lead organisation within that we have a role to play to help reduce the transmission and spread of Covid-19.  

Considering the most recent developments in relation to Covid-19, we are advising of specific adjustments that we’ve implemented across our suite of programs effective as of 5:00pm March 19 2020.  These are:

  • All community sport & active recreation programs are cancelled until further notice;
  • All group capacity building activities – workshops, training courses etc will be postponed and rescheduled
  • All other business & service delivery activities are under constant review and will be adjusted as needed based on the expert medical & health advice.

As a whole community we are working through a very unique and challenging situation, much of what we’re trying to plan for and respond to as a community is uncertain which brings with it a level of anxiety which is understandable.  Ultimately we need to be guided by the expert medical & health advice and implement actions for the benefit of our community’s health & wellbeing.

As an organisation, in collaboration with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues, our two priorities through this period are:

  • Supporting the Mallee Sport & Active Recreation sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong as a position as possible; and,
  • Doing everything we can to encourage the Mallee community to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is more important than ever.

For each of our programs and business areas, the implications of this are:

SRV Together More Active Program (Club Support)

VicHealth Regional Sport Program (Social & Modified Sport Programs)

ADF Good Sports Program

Loddon Mallee Region Move It Project – ‘Beyond the Front Step’ Project

Collectively as a Mallee Sports Assembly team we are looking at other options of delivery and are reviewing the situation daily.  We will keep our Mallee Sporting Community as well as our project partners informed as the situation changes.

Please contact our team with any questions that you may have.  We will be publishing a community sport information page shortly which we will endeavour to keep up to date with the relevant community sport recommendations that are both sport specific, and relevant to our six Mallee Local Government Areas.

I hope everyone stays well during this period, and thank you in anticipation of your continued support with our programs and services.

 

For more information on the Covid-19 Information for Mallee Community Sport - How Can We help?

See COVID-19 tab

 

Kind Regards,

 

Carmel Mackay
Executive Officer | Mallee Sports Assembly

Email:  info@malleesportsassembly.org.au

0428 213 509

 

 

More information on Covid- 19 on the CO-IVD 19 page - updated 03/04/2020

 

RE: COVID – 19 (Coronavirus) 

 

With the spread of COVID-19 globally, Mallee Sports Assembly is remaining informed regarding the rapidly changing environment. With a number of competitions and events postponed and/or cancelled it is evident that there is going to be a significant impact on the sport and recreation community.

Clubs and associations are encouraged to liaise directly with the relevant State Sporting Association in the first instance when looking for guidance on club activities and programming.

 

Mallee Sports Assembly encourages clubs and associations to adopt the information and instructions provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

Everyone can take steps to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections: · Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer. · Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. · Stay at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough. · Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do. · Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water and get plenty of sleep. · Wearing a face mask is not necessary if you are well. · Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol. 

 

If anyone suspects they may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days on 1800 675 398. Keep Triple Zero free for emergencies.   MSA will inform participants of any changes to meetings, workshops and courses as these changes occur.

Keep up to date with Mallee Sports Assembly, by following us on Facebook, or via our website. 

Stay safe - Mallee Sports Assembly team—covering Mildura, Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra Local Government Areas

 

In the MALLEE This Girl Can!

Mallee Sports Assembly is once again excited to celebrate "This Girl Can Week" from 23rd - 29th March, 2019.  We are inviting clubs and associations from across the Mallee - Gannawarra, Buloke, Swan Hill and Mildura local government areas to celebrate with us by forwarding appox 100  word story and include photos endorsing "This Girl Can".  For more information give MSA Mildura a call on 5021 3464.

 

 

2019 Merbein & District Community Bank 97.9 Triple M Northern Mallee Sports Star Awards

Congratulations to the winners from the Sports Star Gala Awards evening held on the 7th February, 2019.of the awards 

Northern Mallee Sports Hall of Fame

  • Deserie Bayenes (Wakefield) - Clay Target Shooting
  • Greg Rohdes - Golf, Volleyball, Life Saving, Football (AFL) Umpiring
  • Alison Styles (Diggle) - Volleyball

Telstra Store Mildura - 2019 Master Athlete of the Year Award - Kamahl Lord - BMX Racing

AV Trophies - 2019 Junior Encouragement Award - Willem Allen - Swimming

Viatek - 2019 Senior Team of the Year Award - Full Noize Racing Team - Speedway Sidecar Racing

WIN TV - 2019 Junior Team of the Year Award - Red Cliffs Football Netball U15 Division 2 Girls Netball Team

Autosynergy - 2019 Club of the Year Award - Ataru International Taekwon-Do

Mildura Waves - 2019 Coach of the Year Award - Josh Barila - Swimming

Sunraysia Daily - 2019 Sports Administrator of the Year Award - Toney Hurley - Football (AFL) & Netball

Rural Access - 2019 Athlete with a Disability Award - Cosimo Cirillo - Football (Soccer)

Mallee District Aboriginal Services - 2019 Aboriginal Sportsperson on the Year Award - Jemmika Douglas Football (AFL)

Mildura Rural City Council - 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award - Marion Leslie - Football (AFL) & Netball

 

2019 Merbein & District Community Bank 97.9 Triple M

Northern Mallee Sports Star of the Year - Peter Manolas Trophy  

Luke Argiro - Clay Target Shooting.

 

2020 Merbein & District Community Bank 97.9 Triple M Northern Mallee Sports Star Awards

The monthly nominations for the 2020 Merbein & District Community Bank 97.9 Triple M Northern Mallee Sports Star of the Year Award can be forwarded to info@malleesportsassembly.org.au   For further information please contact Mallee Sports Assembly on 50213464 at our office at 101-101a 9th Street, Mildura.

 

 

2020 MSA Mildura & District Real Estate and Merbein & District Community Bank Calendar of Events - is ready for collection by members of MSA.  For more information contact either Mildura, Swan Hill or Wycheproof offices.

 

Mallee Sports Assembly (MSA) - Loddon Mallee Region Move It Project – ‘Beyond the Front Step’ Project

The Loddon Mallee Region Move It Project is a regional project overseen by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Mildura Rural City Council.

Funding has been allocated to lead a wide range of activities to support inactive people aged 65 years and over to be active:

Improve older residents’ understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity, mental wellbeing and social connectedness; and

Build the capacity of groups to deliver age appropriate activities to older residents.

The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Move It AUS Better Aging Grant through Sport Australia.

Mallee Sports Assembly is excited to announce that we have been granted funding to support a new project ‘Beyond the Front Step’ which will be conducted from September 2019 – September 2020.  The MSA project will focus on building the capacity of existing sport & active recreation providers; and developing new and exciting opportunities for people 65+ to be active. The MSA ‘Beyond the Front Step’ project will be delivered in Mildura, Swan Hill and Buloke regions. Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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