Colac Otway Responds to COVID19 Lockdown
February 12, 2021

Colac Otway Shire Council will close its public-facing facilities in accordance with the State Government’s COVID19 Lockdown advice, which is guiding Council’s delivery of services to the community while prioritising the community’s health during the current COVID-19 situation.

Colac Otway Shire Council advises the following Council facilities will be CLOSED in accordance with State Government Stage 4 restrictions from 11.59pm Friday 12 February 2021 until 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February 2021:

Colac Otway Shire Customer Service Centres (Colac & Apollo Bay) including library chute

Colac & Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centres

Bluewater, closed from 7pm tonight (Friday 12 February) (Gym, Pools & Stadium)

COPACC (including Colac Cinemas)

Debra Byrne & Dion Hirini Show has been postponed 


Rates Payments

Rates can be paid online via Council’s website or Bpay. No interest will be charged on late payments if you are unable to pay in person due to office closures.

Monday’s Immunisation Session will be held as scheduled between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at COPACC

School crossings will not be staffed

Colac Regional Saleyards

The sale scheduled for Thursday 18 February is planned to continue as normal subject to an extension of the current lockdown. If the lockdown is extended past midnight Wednesday, then there may be limits on public attendance.

2050 Colac Otway Shire Community Vision Roadshow

Cressy & Gellibrand sessions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday next week have been postponed – further advice and rescheduling to be advised.

Waste Drop-Off Facilities

Waste drop-off facilities will still run as scheduled at Beech Forest and Lavers Hill (Saturday) and Carlisle River and Gellibrand (Sunday). The community is reminded it is mandatory to wear a mask and social distancing must be maintained when attending drop-off facility locations. Eftpos operates at all waste drop-off locations.


Colac Otway Shire Mayor Cr Kate Hanson has urged local residents to continue supporting each other during the five-day lockdown, observe the restrictions and stay safe.

“We know how quickly the COVID19 situation can change and we know how to look after each other,” Cr Hanson said.

“If you are concerned about friends and family, give them a call, make sure they have access to what they need and we will hopefully be able to return to relaxed restrictions again after the next five days.

“Colac Otway Shire has a great deal to be proud of and just as we have accepted the challenges of lockdowns before, we can do it again.

“Order a take-away and home delivery meal over the weekend if you can, support the local businesses, work from home if possible next week and if you do have to leave home, remember your face mask.

“Council facilities will be closed but the phones will be staffed during work hours, and our after-hours service will operate for any urgent inquiries.

“We encourage the community to monitor Colac Otway Shire updates via Council’s website at, and go to the Department of Health website at for COVID19 restriction updates and further information.”

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