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Fire sprinkler replacement program

Update – you received this in your letterbox today…please note it is very unlikely that we will commence the work in May. The work will be rescheduled as soon practical

Back in December I alerted you to the fact that we have an issue with Omega fire sprinklers in The Botanica.  Since then we have been diligently working through the various options and costs. 

The following course of action is to be undertaken.

* Replace all Omega sprinklers as soon as practicable.  With the virus issues, this may cause a delay and we are working with the supplier on exact timing.

The work will require a two step process. 

  1. The first step will be the replacement of the sprinkler heads and this may involve some minor damage to plaster work in apartments. 
  2. The plaster/paint repair work will be a separate task and we are not able to get quotes for this work until Step 1 is complete.  It will be done as a separate task at a separate time.

The organisation we have engaged is very experienced in these matters and have done a number of apartment sprinkler replacement projects.  Their timing is still not fixed, we are hopeful that we may be able commence in May with the work expected to take around 3 months.

By the nature of the work, it will be disruptive but we will try and minimise the disruptions.  We will also ensure that all Corona Virus recommendations are followed by all working on the project.

In the meantime, please ensure that you continue to be extra diligent on fire matters.  Be careful with BBQ’s, know the locations of extinguishers, know the evacuation plans.

Gary Buck

Chairman

25 March 2020

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.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS BULLETIN  TO NEIGHBORS
NB:  THIS INFORMATION MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME
 
OUR DOMAIN VILLAGE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT
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  info@botanicalpharmacy.com.au  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 www.woolworths.com.au/priorityassistance. 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 www.coles.com.au 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
https://southmelbournemarket.com.au/pick-up-service/  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 www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus  
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INFORMATION FROM THE CITY OF MELBOURNE
 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.
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/health-support-services/health-services/Pages/novel-coronavirus.aspx )
For up-to-date information, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services ( https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-public-novel-coronavirus )
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP?  Here is  a CONTACT CARD
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 secretary@msyrg.com.au 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                     https://www.diabetesmealsonline.com.au/
Katrina’s  Kitchen
Frozen meals delivered Mon-Fri      9569 0488               http://katrinaskitchen.com.au/
My Goodness Organics     
Delivery only on Sunday $90 min order                        https://mygoodnessorganics.com.au/
Meals in a moment  Frozen meals delivered weekly on a Monday  9580 7906                   https://www.mealsinamoment.com.au    
Nourish’d              0434 878 004                               https://nourishd.com.au/about-us/
Dineamic Healthy Meals: recommended by a member               8669 0587             www.dineamic.com.au
TIP SHEET FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
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:
https://services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel/resources/wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19-managing-stress-and-anxiety
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STAYING IN CONTACT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
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
 
NB:  THIS INFORMATION MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME; PLEASE CHECK
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.

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

Building washdown

As the façade work is drawing to a close, AbSafe will be pressure washing the building and cleaning the windows.

This work will commence on the Bowen Crescent side on Monday February 24th at 8am.  They will continue to do the back and the city sides next week.  They will leave the front of the building until all façade work is complete on that side.

It will help everyone if you could ensure that your balcony is cleared and close all windows.  If you do not clear your balcony they will attempt to work around items and minimise any damage.

The window cleaning will be done separately once all washing is complete.

Gary Buck

OC Chairman

Feb 17, 2020