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Colac Otway Responds to Seven-day COVID19 Lockdown
May 27, 2021

Colac Otway Shire Council will close its public-facing facilities in accordance with the State Government’s COVID19 Lockdown advice effective 11.59pm tonight.

Council will continue to deliver essential services to the community, subject to further advice, while prioritising the community’s health during the current COVID-19 situation.

Colac Otway Shire Council advises the following Council facilities will be CLOSED to the public in accordance with State Government restrictions from 11.59pm Thursday 27 May 2021 until 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June 2021:

  • Colac Otway Shire Customer Service Centres (Colac & Apollo Bay) including library chute
  • Colac & Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centres
  • Bluewater, closed from 7.30pm tonight (Thursday 27 June) (Gym, Pools & Stadium). No 24/7 gym access.

COPACC will only open for access to Colac Area Health COVID19 Vaccination Program (check eligibility and bookings at, and Council’s Childhood Immunisation Session (Thursday, 3 June 10.30am-11.30am).


Rates Payments

Rates can be paid via phone or 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.

School crossings will continue to be staffed for children of essential workers attending school.

Colac Regional Saleyards

The sale scheduled for Thursday 3 June is planned to continue as normal however there will be limits on public attendance. Only buyers and agents will be permitted to attend. 


Colac Otway Shire Mayor Cr Kate Hanson says heading into another lockdown is devastating but essential to keep Colac Otway residents and all Victorians safe.

“We have been very fortunate to have been COVID-free in Victoria for months, and enjoyed limited COVID-safe restrictions.

“However it is vital we observe new State Government restrictions and the seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight.

“Please look after each other and 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.

“You can support local businesses by ordering a take-away and home delivery meal and if you do have to leave home for one of five reasons, remember your face mask.

“One of the those reasons is to get vaccinated and you can contact Colac Area Health or Great Ocean Road Health to find out how to book in.

“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,” Cr Hanson said.

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


COSCouncil Enquiries

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