Neighbourhood info

This great info just came through from the South Yarra Residents’ association

Bulletin re COVID-19
Many MSYRG members have expressed concern for others in our South Yarra community who may be self-isolating or who lack support in these dark times. MSYRG sends you this Bulletin with information that may be useful.
Finer Fruit South Yarra is open and always getting items onto the shelves as they empty quickly. 9866 2746
Domain Dry Cleaner has reduced hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon.  This may change depending on any new government restrictions. 9866 1774
The 7/11 is open usual hours
Botanical Pharmacy: 9866 2634  Open and is an essential service. They ask that you or your Dr email a prescription; they will dispense it and have it ready for collection.
Domaine brasserie: 9820 1922. Reduced menu takeaway only. Open 6 am to 4 pm 98201922
Gilson have a Take Away and Delivery Service 7am-2pm and 5pm-9pm. 98663120
Entrecote open for Takeaway coffee and food 7am-2 pm.  98045468
Botanical, Matilda and Bacash are closed. 
St Kilda Road-Toorak Road West area has some shops open including PO, bottle shop and chemist. 
South Yarra Senior Citizens Centre, Fawkner Park is closed until 19 April 2020
Woolworths Priority Assistance has home deliveries to help the elderly, people with disability, those with compromised immunity and those in mandatory isolation. To apply for Priority Assistance delivery, please complete the form at Woolworths has also introduced a dedicated hour for the elderly and people with disabilities to shop between 7am and 8am
Coles Online Priority Service (COPS) is now delivering food and grocery essentials to elderly and vulnerable members of the community, please check for details how such customers can assess COPS. Coles trading hours are 7am to 8pm every day, with the first hour of trade on weekdays exclusively for customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card, Seniors Card, Disability Card and Health Care Card.
South Melbourne Market  The traders and the market have started an order and pick up service – order by a particular time Wednesday and pick up in their car park Thursday afternoon. It is a little out of the area but may be a very useful service for those that drive and do not want any contact.
Emergency Relief Packages For Victorians Who Need It Most (Victorian Government)
Victorians in mandatory self-isolation running short on food and unable to have any dropped-off by friends are now eligible for a “food and personal care package”, with a two-weeks supply of items like long-life milk, pasta, canned fruit, cereal and sugar, as well as some personal care items. People wishing to request a pack should call Victoria’s dedicated Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit  
 CoM continues to closely monitor the situation, working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Australian Government Department of Health. The City of Melbourne Novel has a dedicated coronavirus webpage for the latest updates and response to the COVID-19 situation. This page covers a range of frequently asked questions and is updated daily. )
For up-to-date information, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services ( )
that you may like to cut out, fill in  and use to reach out to others in our communities. If you identify anyone who may be particularly vulnerable and at risk, please advise them to contact CoM 9658 9658 and ask for Ageing and Inclusion or email MSYRG and we will make sure to pass onto to CoM
Phone or online counselling support and crisis support services
Lifeline – provides crisis counseling and suicide prevention services. Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Lifeline online chat.
Suicide Call Back Service – provides online and phone counselling if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Phone: 1300 659 467. Suicide Call Back Service online chat.
General counselling and mental health support
Beyond Blue – online and phone mental health support. Phone: 1300 22 4636 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Beyond Blue online chat.
Care in Mind – online and phone counselling for people living, working, or studying in Melbourne’s northern, central, and western suburbs. Phone: 1300 096 269 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). CareinMIND online counselling.
eheadspace – confidential mental health and wellbeing support for young people (12 – 25 years) and their families, including information, support, and health services. Phone: 1800 650 890 (9am – 1am, 7 days a week). eheadspace online chat.
MensLine – professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Phone 1300 78 99 78 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). MensLine online counselling.
Mindspot – free telephone and online service for people with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or depression. It provides online assessment and treatment for anxiety and depression and can help you find local services. Call 1800 61 44 34 (8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday; 8am-6pm, Saturday).
Specialist areas
1800Respect – confidential counselling, information and support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse via phone or online chat. Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). 1800Respect online chat.
Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline (ED HOPE)- confidential service that provides information, counselling, and treatment referral for people with eating disorders, and body image and related issues. Phone: 1800 33 4673 (8am – midnight).
Directline – confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral service. Phone: 1800 888 236 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Directline online counselling.
Switchboard Victoria – telephone and web counselling, information, and referral service for LGBTQI people. Phone: 1800 184 527 (3pm – 12am, 7 days a week). QLife Webchat.
Private providers of meal delivery
FOOD DELIVERIES by various providers suggested by CoM for people who would like to organize private meal delivery.
Diabetes Meals online       1300 79 89 08           
Katrina’s  Kitchen
Frozen meals delivered Mon-Fri      9569 0488     
My Goodness Organics     
Delivery only on Sunday $90 min order              
Meals in a moment  Frozen meals delivered weekly on a Monday  9580 7906             
Nourish’d              0434 878 004                     
Dineamic Healthy Meals: recommended by a member               8669 0587   
The University of Melbourne has developed a tip sheet on managing stress and anxiety during the COVId-19 pandemic which you may also like to draw from:
ZOOM/SKYPE/WHATSAPP are all tech savvy ways of staying in  virtual contact with family and friends. In particular we draw your attention to ZOOM which is the latest great way for family and friends to live chat and audio-conference.  It is free for 40 minutes  Download the App and set up
MSYRG                  25/03/2020

Rollerdoor issue – top car park

We have a serious issue with the rollerdoor for the Bowen St carpark.

It can only be operated manually – by pulling the chain.

It will be left down overnight to discourage unwelcome visitors.

If you MUST go out in your car, you will need to manually raise the door and then please manually close it again.

It will be repaired as soon as possible.

WhatsApp group for the building

I have resisted for a long time but I think that it would now be a good time to have a group messaging system for everyone in the building.

WhatsApp is an app that runs on all mobile phones. and allows people to post messages to others in the building.

In the current climate you could post things like – I am going for a walk but would enjoy some company, who is willing to walk near me….I really need a roll of toilet paper…anyone need to chat about things?…I am going to get bread and milk and happy to get similar for others…

To join the group, send me a text to my number 0418 100058 from your mobile and I will add you.

You can give it a try, if you don’t like then you can withdraw at any time

Interesting times

The next few weeks / months are going to be like something none of us have ever experienced. I am sure that we’ll all be spending more time inside our apartments.

It is a good time to help your neighbours…even though it is a bit tricky with social distancing. I thought the note that Scott and Sara put in the lift was wonderful, thanks to both of you.

I don’t know how we’ll be able to help but here’s a few suggestions of things that all of us can do…

  • Don’t touch things like lift buttons with your hands.
  • Don’t get in a crowded lift. I know they are usually empty but if there is a few people in it, wait the 90 seconds for the next one.
  • Maybe cancel your newspapers?
  • I’ve started building a daily list of who I have been in physical contact with. I am hope I don’t get it but if I test positive and they asked me, at a time when I was very stressed, when did I go to Coles, who served me?? I’m not seeing many people so it is easy to build the list each day…and toss it in the bin at the end.

Stay safe