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Aim for no rough sleepers by 2023

GET tested for COVID-19 at the drive-through site at Frankston Hospital. Picture: Supplied

COVID-19 exposure site list grows VICTORIA’S sixth COVID-19 lockdown is nearing its fourth week. The vaccination hub at Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston was named a tier two exposure site last week after a positive COVID-19 case went there. Anyone who visited the vaccination centre on 16 August between 11.30am and 12.45 pm must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. A statement on Peninsula Health’s Facebook page said that the positive case had no symptoms while at the hub. “The Frankston Community Vaccination Hub remains open and is safe for you to visit if you have a booking for your COVID-19 vaccination. To make a booking, please call 1800 675 398 or you can book online through the Department of

Health’s website,” the statement read. Carrum Downs residents were also put on notice last week, after seven local exposure times were listed. Oakwood Drive Reserve is a tier three exposure site during two different times - 1:30pm to 3:00pm on 12 August and 2pm to 3.30pm on 14 August. Anyone who was also there during those times should monitor for symptoms of coronavirus. Another tier three exposure site has popped up at Wedge Road Oval. People should monitor for symptoms if they visited the oval between 2pm and 3.30pm on 11 August, 10am and 11.30am on 12 August, and 1pm and 2.30pm on 14 August. Goodstart Early Learning Carrum Downs at 169 Hall Road is a tier

two exposure site between 3pm and 3.40pm on 11 August, and 5.20pm to 6.10pm on 13 August. Anyone who was also there during that time must get tested immediately and isolate until their result comes back. COVID-19 restrictions were tightened last week in a bid to quash the growing number of cases in Victoria. Additional restrictions were placed on the construction industry, with further staffing reductions put into place. Use of playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks, and outdoor exercise equipment has been banned, with exercise also now limited to just two people from a household. People can also not remove their masks to drink alcohol in public places. Brodie Cowburn

AN initiative to combat the skyrocketing rates of local homelessness has been officially launched. The Frankston Zero project was launched at an event online last week. The initiative was established by the Frankston City Strategic Housing and Homelessness Alliance, a group of 14 local organisations that have come together to tackle homelessness. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said that local rough sleeping homelessness has grown by 388 per cent since 2016, and that the initiative would help to fix this. “Frankston Zero – based on international best practice models to end homelessness – has reoriented the local service system to deliver a coordinated response for people sleeping rough,” he said. “Frankston Zero defies traditional sector barriers by bringing together all services and sectors that have a role to play in supporting the pathway out of homelessness. These include health and mental health services, family violence and legal services, alcohol and other drug services, local government, and many more. Its aim is both simple and ambitious – to achieve functional zero homelessness for rough sleeping in Frankston City by 2023.” Part of the initiative involves the maintenance of a “By Name List”, a

record of every local rough sleeper’s name. Cr Bolam said that a recent state government announcement that it would continue workforce funding for local organisations like Launch and NEAMI was “a crucial enabler for the delivery of Frankston Zero and without it we would not be celebrating the launch of this important initiative.” NEAMI service manager of Frankston’s towards home program, Amanda Williams, said “Frankston Zero has already achieved some great outcomes including one person being placed into a public housing property after spending years of rough sleeping in the Frankston municipality.” “We have had 12 people from the By Name List shortlisted for priority housing and two of our youngest persons on the list, both aged 17 years, have been prioritised into emergency accommodation while receiving a coordinated response of assistance. We now have 25 people allocated to a case manager and agency to receive tailored, wrap around supports,” she said. To read more about Frankston Zero visit Your-Council/Advocacy/TacklingHomelessness-in-Frankston-City.

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