VMC | UPDATING | Melbourne and Mitchell Shire — Stay at Home | Monday 13 June 2020

[Edited extract from public address]

Because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Victoria, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions are now in place in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

That means there are only four reasons to go out: shopping for food and essential items, to provide care or seek medical treatment, to exercise, or to work or study if you can’t do it from home.

There are now in-language materials available — including posters, social media banners and translated audio messages — explaining the current restrictions. 

Please share the materials with your community by email, social media or through messaging apps, so every Victorian understands their responsibilities.

Social media graphics and text

Social media graphics for Facebook and Instagram are available for download, as well as recommended post text. Please download and share across your personal and organisation's social media channels.

Posters

Posters and flyers highlighting the latest restrictions are now available in 23 targeted languages. Please download and share through your networks and print and hang in your organisations and businesses.

Audio messages

Short scripts in 23 languages are available, as well as audio messages in .mp3 files. These messages outline the latest restrictions and encourage anyone who is unwell to stay home and get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Translated social media posts 

Brief messages outlining the Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are also available in 14 languages to share from Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews' Facebook page:

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Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7005 1267


MESAC | WEBINAR | A digital shark immersion! | Sunday 16 August 2020 | 11am

[Edited extract from public address]

Join us for this free online webinar – a journey from fear to ‘giving a fish’!

MESAC normally organises a full day or weekend of specialist marine speakers for National Science Week, however due to our COVID-19 lockdown we cannot go ahead with our usual gatherings.

So, in order to honour National Science Week, make the most of our lockdown and keep you safe, we bring guest speakers right into the comfort of your own home! Sunday mornings so the whole family can join in over brunch or a cuppa!

Shannon Hurley's mission to swim with and save sharks, unexpectedly resulted in a transformation of herself along the way. Faced with overwhelming anxiety one day, her favourite hobby of scuba diving, turned into her worst nightmare. But sharks helped flip her fears into living her life’s dreams. From scuba diving in deep, dark caves, to crossing oceans to swim with hundreds of sharks!

Cost: Free but limited places so book in early

Where: online: the link to the online event to be provided by the event organiser


MORE:
Marine Education Science and Community Centre (MESAC)

GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Information for Individuals, Household and Religious Community Leaders on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Monday 13 July 2020

[Edited and collated from public addresses]

Topics

    1. VIC | State of Emergency Update
    2. VIC | Business Support Package
    3. CoPP | Information and support in navigating Federal and State issues available
    4. CoPP | Port Phillip Emergency Good Guide: a guide to food, meals, parcels and food vouchers
    5. Coronavirus hotline
    6. Acknowledgment to Sources
    7. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound


    1. VIC | State of Emergency Update

    Announced Friday 10 July, Australia's Chief Health Officer and Victorian Chief Health Officer have both stated that Melburnians should wear face masks if social distancing cannot be maintained during their outings for one of the four permitted reasons to leave their home. 

    The wearing of a mask is not compulsory; however. community members are encouraged to adopt this practice for their own and others' wellbeing. 

    The Victorian Government is ordering 2 million reusable masks and 1 million disposable masks - how and when these will be distributed is yet to be announced.

    For more information on this announcement, click here. 

    The four permitted reasons to leave your home ARE NOT invitations to leave your home. You must only leave home for essential reasons ONLY. Premier Dan Andrews

    Read the 10/7 announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews here.


    2. VIC | Business Support Package

    Announced Friday 10 July, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has announced a $534 million business support package for businesses and workers doing it tough amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The $534 million package includes:
    • $5000 support grants for more than 80,000 eligible businesses
    • $30 million fund for hardest hit hospitality businesses
    • $36 million for mental health support for business owners
    • $20 million fund for CBD businesses
    • $40 million: regional tourism fund

    3. CoPP | Information and support in navigating Federal and State issues available 

    For Federal Government information and support
    Get in touch with Josh Burns MP if you need help with accessing Centrelink, a visa or any other federal government support, please contact Josh Burns’ office on 9534 8126 or josh.burns.mp@aph.gov.au.

    For State Government information and support
    Get in touch with David Southwick MP. 
    For further information and support relating to State Government health advice, restricted activities and areas, education and State Government financial assistance, please contact David Southwick MP at 9527 3866 or at david.southwick@parliament.vic.gov.au

    4. CoPP | Port Phillip Emergency Food Guide: a guide to food, meals, parcels and food vouchers

    This directory is to help people within City of Port Phillip who are having difficulty accessing food and grocery supplies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions.

    As well as information about local shops and supermarkets, the directory also includes information about emergency food relief.
    Port Phillip Emergency Food Guide (533 Kb PDF)


    5. Coronavirus hotline

    • Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
    • Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
    • Testing locations: Find nearest testing locations.
    • Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.


    6. Acknowledgment to Sources

    This is a consolidated account of information current at time of issuance, sourced, collated and provided by Victorian Jewish Community COVID-19 Taskforce, Buddhist Council of Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, various Government Authorities, community organisations and public domain, received with gratitude.


    Best wishes for skilful collaborations, less Suffering, causes for less Suffering, Good Health and Time to Enjoy it.

    Bye bye to Essentialists for now, please leave to attend to the essential work. Remember to self care. That is all from GEIFN's caretaker at this time.

    7. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound

    Let us cheer on the global scientists, medical fraternity, authorities and essentialists racing across the clock separately and together in new found ways, to find a cure, manage the situation, and if not, create mass-producable innoculation.

    Meanwhile, if with a surplus of time, this is offered. Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.


    GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Information for Individuals, Household and Religious Community Leaders on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Friday 10 July 2020

    [Edited and collated from public addresses. Originally published 1/7, updated 7/7, updated 10/7]

    Topics

      1. VIC | State of Emergency Update
      2. VIC | Step 2 Easing: Regional Areas (except Mitchell Shire area)
      3. VIC | Step 3 Restrictions: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire (Seymour area)
      4. VIC | $1500 payment for confirmed COVID19 cases who don't have sick leave entitlements
      5. VIC | COVID-19 Easy Read English fact sheets
      6. VIC | Multilingual campaign materials
      7. VIC | Community Safety Infrastructure Grants
      8. VIC | Translated resources — Return to Stage 3 restrictions
      9. CCEH | Health Translations newsletter — June
      10. ECCV | All One Together campaign video
      11. VMC | Tackling Ignorance that Causes Racism
      12. Coronavirus hotline
      13. Acknowledgment to Sources
      14. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound


      1. VIC | State of Emergency Update

      Staggered restrictions lifted from 22 June 2020. State of Emergency extended until 20 July 2020

      On 20 June 2020, Premier Daniel Andrews revised our state’s continued measured approach to gradual easing of restrictions.

      That means staying safe while out in the community – but just as importantly, staying safe at home. And that means only seeing those you need to – if you need to. Not your third cousin. Not your third best friend from primary school.

      Each of us need to be aware that the more people you see and the more often you see them – the more danger you are putting people in. There are other things we need to do.

      If you do have to see people, keep your distance. No handshakes and no hugs. Maintain good hygiene. Don’t share food or drinks. And if you’re feeling unwell – stay at home.

      And if you can keep working from home – you must do that too.

      On Monday 6 July 2020, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the NSW-Victoria border will close at midnight on Tuesday 7 July 2020 as Victoria's second surge in the COVID-19 crisis intensifies. Victorian's are not permitted entry into other States or Territories at this time.

      Read the 7/7 announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews here.


      2. VIC | Step 2 Easing: Regional Areas (except Mitchell Shire area)

      Revised restrictions from 22 June 2020

      Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, a number of changes have been made to the proposed easing of restrictions from Monday 22 June 2020.

      Gatherings
      • Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
      • The number of visitors to a home will reduce to 5 visitors.
      • Private worship or small religious ceremonies will be limited to 20 people plus those reasonably required for the ceremony.
      • Auction houses, real estate auctions, open house inspections and community facilities remain limited at 20 people plus those reasonably required to facilitate the auction/inspection/facility.
      Restaurants, cafes and pubs
      • Patron limits in restaurants, cafes and pubs will remain, with up to 20 seated patrons per space (indoor or outdoor). A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
      • Bars and clubs can have up to 20 seated patrons per space. A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
      • Seated service of alcohol without food will be allowed.
      Culture and entertainment
      • Patron limits in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and outdoor arcades will remain, with up to 20 patrons per indoor space.
      • Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open with up to 20 seated patrons per space.
      Sports and recreation
      • Indoor sports centres and venues can open, with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.
      • Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools.
      • The swimming pools limit of 3 per lane in will no longer apply.
      • Ski season open.
      • Shared facilities at camping and tourist accommodation can open, with increasing screening and safeguards in place.
      • Indoor play centres and toy libraries will be able to open with 20 people per space.

      3. VIC | Step 3 Restrictions: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire (Seymour area) 

      Announced Tuesday 7 July, effective midnight Wednesday 8 July 2020.

      Under stage three restrictions there are only four reasons residents in those suburbs can leave their homes: food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education.

      The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police has stated that there is NO REASON for people to be out of their homes apart from the four listed reasons. Ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse and people caught ignoring the restrictions can expected to be fined. Those repeatedly found ignoring restrictions may be jailed. 

      This includes those gathering in private homes illegally.

      Face Masks Recommendation: Please also note that effective Friday 10 July 2020, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has updated his advice, recommending anyone living in metro Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to wear a face covering or cloth mask when leaving home, where it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people. This is a health recommendation only and will not be enforced – people will not be fined for not wearing a face mask.
      • You cannot have visitors or visit friends and family who live at another household, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or providing services. No visits to a second place of residence are permitted outside of the restricted areas.
      • Exercise is allowed, but you cannot leave or enter restricted metropolitan Melbourne areas or the Mitchell Shire for physical activity.
      • Restaurants and cafes can open for take away and delivery only. Food courts will continue to be closed.
      • Pubs, bars, clubs, and nightclubs closed. They can offer take away or home delivery of food and alcohol. Bottle shops are allowed to remain open.
      • The only markets that are permitted to operate are food and drink market stalls.
      • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours closed.
      • Hairdressing businesses can operate if they request contact details of customers in case contact tracing is required.
      • You cannot attend a religious service. Online streaming of a service is allowed.
      • Weddings can have a maximum of five people (the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant).
      • Funerals will be restricted to 10 mourners plus people required to conduct the funeral.
      • indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools closed.
      • Outdoor sport facilities closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, including the instructor.
      • Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites closed.
      • Zoos, wildlife parks, petting zoos, aquariums and animal farms closed.
      • Outdoor amusement parks and outdoor arcades closed.
      • Indoor cinemas, drive-in cinemas, concert venues, theatres  a nd auditoriums closed.
      • Community sport training and competition closed.
      • Libraries and community venues closed, except for essential public support services.
      • Although many shops may remain open, you are encouraged to only shop for essential goods and services.
      • Auction houses are only permitted to conduct auctions remotely.
      • Schools holidays extended by a week to all students except Years 11 and 12. Schools for those with special needs will still operate. Schools will communicate updates with parents directly.
      Religious ceremonies or private worship:
      • Individuals cannot attend religious ceremonies or private worship – we encourage you to use online services instead.
      • Places of religion and worship must close for both religious ceremonies and private worship, but those who are necessary to stream a service can attend for these purposes. This is limited to up to five people.
      • Weddings held in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be limited to five people (the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant). You can travel to a wedding outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire if you are getting married, a witness or the celebrant, however the limits on the number of people will still apply (five people including the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant). You cannot travel to a wedding outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as a guest.
      • Funerals held in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be limited to 10 mourners plus those required to conduct the funeral. You can travel to a funeral outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. The restrictions apply based on the location of the funeral.
      • A wedding or funeral held in a private residence in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be limited to the members of the household, plus the people required to conduct the ceremony.
      • Individuals should never attend a wedding or funeral if you are unwell. You should maintain your physical distance at the event.

      4. VIC | $1500 payment for confirmed COVID19 cases who don't have sick leave entitlements

      On 20 June 2020, the Premier of Victoria announced a $1500 payment for those who have a confirmed case or are a close contact and who can’t rely on sick leave. This is to ensure those having to quarantine but who do not have access to any sick leave - have no financial reason to leave their homes to attend work. 

      Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker support payment 

      Listen: Short scripts in 23 languages are available, as well as audio messages in .mp3 files

      Print/Display: Posters and flyers

      Upload: Social media graphics for Facebook and Instagram are available for download


      5. VIC | COVID-19 Easy Read English fact sheets

      The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have created Easy English coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheets, written in simple, everyday language, supported with images. Topics include looking after your mental health, family violence support and emergency relief packages.
      Download the fact sheets

      6. VIC | Multilingual campaign materials

      Restrictions have been eased, but limiting our movement everyday means we slow the spread of the virus. A range of translated materials are available promoting this message, including posters, social media content and audio recordings to help you share this campaign with your networks.
      Download the stakeholder pack
      Download Social media graphics and text
      Download Posters
      Download Audio messages

      Your rights in full lockdown
      During full lockdown, your right to come and go freely may be restricted for a limited time, but the government must continue to respect your other rights. This Victorian Equal Opportunity Human Rights Commission factsheet explains the rights of residents during full lockdown. The factsheet is currently available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese. Versions in Somali, Amharic and Tigrinya will be available shortly.
      Download factsheets

      7. VIC | Community Safety Infrastructure Grants

      Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Infrastructure Grants. Community organisations and local councils can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to improve public safety and security infrastructure.  
      Applications close 4.00pm on Friday 17 July 2020.  
      Read more

      8. VIC | Translated resources — Return to Stage 3 restrictions

      Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020. That means there will once again be only four reasons to be out. Shopping for food and supplies, exercise, care and caregiving, and work or education, if necessary. A range of translated materials are available promoting this message, including posters, social media content and audio recordings.
      Download the stakeholder pack

      9. CCEH | Health Translations newsletter — June

      The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health Health Translations June newsletter includes multilingual resources on early childhood intervention, volunteering, working with interpreters by phone in a family violence setting, business support, testing for COVID-19 in Victoria, telehealth, home care during COVID-19, industry code for visiting residential aged care homes during COVID-19, diabetes and more.
      Read the newsletter

      10. ECCV | All One Together campaign video

      The ECCV has marked Refugee Week 2020 with the release of a special campaign video featuring high-profile Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds sharing their stories and talking about the impacts of racism and discrimination.
      Watch the 14min video on YouTube

      11. VMC | Tackling Ignorance that Causes Racism

      Victorian Multicultural Commission has committed to playing a leading role in tackling racism in Victoria and mobilising multicultural communities to join us. Meaningful change will only happen when people of all backgrounds come together in solidarity and become actively anti-racist.
      Read VMC statement
      Find out more or make a complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

      12. Coronavirus hotline

      • Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
      • Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
      • Testing locations: Find nearest testing locations.
      • Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.


      13. Acknowledgment to Sources

      This is a consolidated account of information current at time of issuance, sourced, collated and provided by Victorian Jewish Community COVID-19 Taskforce, Buddhist Council of Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, various Government Authorities, community organisations and public domain, received with gratitude.


      Best wishes for skilful collaborations, less Suffering, causes for less Suffering, Good Health and Time to Enjoy it.

      Bye bye to Essentialists for now, please leave to attend to the essential work. That is all from GEIFN's caretaker at this time.

      14. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound

      Let us cheer on the global scientists, medical fraternity, authorities and essentialists racing across the clock separately and together in new found ways, to find a cure, manage the situation, and if not, create mass-producable innoculation.

      Meanwhile, if with a surplus of time, this is offered. Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

      VMC | UPDATING | Community on Return to Stage 3 restrictions + latest news on public housing lockdown | Thursday 9 July 2020

      [Edited extract from public address]

      A challenging week for many Victorians as we continue to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks across Melbourne. 

      Message from the Chairperson

      For residents in the public housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne in lockdown it has been especially difficult.

      Following a comprehensive testing blitz, the Premier announced Thursday 9 July that 55 infections were detected at 33 Alfred St in North Melbourne, which will now stay in hard lockdown for a further 9 days, while the other towers move to the same Stage 3 restrictions as the rest of Melbourne, effective tonight.

      I've spent much of the week on the ground alongside community leaders and volunteers to assist government agencies with the coordination of food and supplies, and to problem solve so that the needs of culturally diverse residents are better met. The Commission also coordinated volunteers of diverse backgrounds to support nurses and paramedics with the testing process on site. My sincere thanks to everyone who has helped this week.

      In our role as a conduit between communities and government, we brought residents and community representatives together with health experts and government officials through a series of online forums to ensure their voices were heard and to highlight the need for better communication in community languages. (Read VMC's full statement.)

      In this unprecedented situation, everyone working behind the scenes came together to do their best to support residents, and will continue to do so for residents at 33 Alfred St, North Melbourne.
      A working group has been established, comprising representatives of community organisations with close connections to the residents. It will be co-chaired by myself and Tony Nicholson (former executive at VincentCare, experienced in emergency management). The working group will help steer engagement with the affected communities, with a focus on public health.

      Wednesday night, Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire began Stage 3 lockdown for a second time. Once again, the message we must share with our communities is that there are only 4 reasons to leave the house: shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, exercise, work and study – if you can’t do it from home. (Read the full statement from the Premier.)

      I ask for your assistance in sharing information about the updated restrictions. We're also reiterating the importance of testing, including mythbusting and clarifying concerns around the process.
      I am grateful for the support of communities in adhering to official public health advice. If you have any questions or would like to provide any feedback, please contact us via contact@vmc.vic.gov.au

      Take care of each other,
      Viv Nguyen, Chairperson

      Return to Stage 3 restrictions

      Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020. That means there will once again be only four reasons to be out. Shopping for food and supplies, exercise, care and caregiving, and work or education, if necessary. A range of translated materials are available promoting this message, including posters, social media content and audio recordings.

      Racism during COVID-19

      There’s been an alarming rise in reports of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is adding to the stress already being experienced by many communities and households across the state. In Victoria, racism is against the law. If you’ve experienced it and want to make a complaint, or if you just want to know more about how your rights are protected, you can contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

      Factsheet: Your rights in full lockdown

      During full lockdown, your right to come and go freely may be restricted for a limited time, but the government must continue to respect your other rights. This Victorian Equal Opportunity Human Rights Commission factsheet explains the rights of residents during full lockdown. The factsheet is currently available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese. Versions in Somali, Amharic and Tigrinya will be available shortly.
       

      Coronavirus hotline

      • Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
      • Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
      • Testing locations: Find nearest testing locations.
      • Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

      MORE:
      Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
      Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
      Tel: (03) 9651 5901

      GEIFN | CONSOLIDATED | Information for Individuals, Household and Religious Community Leaders on Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Tuesday 7 July 2020

      [Edited and collated from public addresses. Originally published 1/7, updated 7/7]

      Topics

        1. VIC | State of Emergency Update
        2. VIC | Unrestricted Postcodes: Step 2 Easing
        3. VIC | Restricted Postcodes: 12 Postcodes Revert to Stage 3 Lockdown
        4. VIC | Religion and ceremony
        5. VIC | $1500 payment for confirmed COVID19 cases who don't have sick leave entitlements
        6. VIC | COVID-19 Easy Read English fact sheets
        7. VIC | Multilingual campaign materials
        8. VIC | Community Safety Infrastructure Grants
        9. VIC | Translated resources — Return to Kindergarten
        10. CCEH | Health Translations newsletter — June
        11. ECCV | All One Together campaign video
        12. VMC | Tackling Ignorance that Causes Racism
        13. VIC | Victorian Multicultural Media Grants Program
        14. GECC | Glen Eira City Council Employee Assist Program (EAP)
        15. Acknowledgment to Sources
        16. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound


        1. Victorian State of Emergency Update

        Staggered restrictions lifted from 22 June 2020. State of Emergency extended until 20 July 2020

        On 20 June 2020, Premier Daniel Andrews revised our state’s continued measured approach to gradual easing of restrictions.

        That means staying safe while out in the community – but just as importantly, staying safe at home. And that means only seeing those you need to – if you need to. Not your third cousin. Not your third best friend from primary school.

        Each of us need to be aware that the more people you see and the more often you see them – the more danger you are putting people in. There are other things we need to do.

        If you do have to see people, keep your distance. No handshakes and no hugs. Maintain good hygiene. Don’t share food or drinks. And if you’re feeling unwell – stay at home.

        And if you can keep working from home – you must do that too.

        On Monday 6 July 2020, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the NSW-Victoria border will close at midnight on Tuesday 7 July 2020 as Victoria's second surge in the COVID-19 crisis intensifies.

        Read the 20/6 announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews here.
        Read the 21/6 announcement from Victorian Minister for Health here


        2. Victorian Unrestricted Postcodes: Step 2 Easing

        Revised restrictions from 22 June 2020

        Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, a number of changes have been made to the proposed easing of restrictions from Monday 22 June 2020.

        Gatherings
        • Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
        • The number of visitors to a home will reduce to 5 visitors.
        • Private worship or small religious ceremonies will be limited to 20 people plus those reasonably required for the ceremony.
        • Auction houses, real estate auctions, open house inspections and community facilities remain limited at 20 people plus those reasonably required to facilitate the auction/inspection/facility.
        Restaurants, cafes and pubs
        • Patron limits in restaurants, cafes and pubs will remain, with up to 20 seated patrons per space (indoor or outdoor). A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
        • Bars and clubs can have up to 20 seated patrons per space. A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
        • Seated service of alcohol without food will be allowed.
        Culture and entertainment
        • Patron limits in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and outdoor arcades will remain, with up to 20 patrons per indoor space.
        • Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open with up to 20 seated patrons per space.
        Sports and recreation
        • Indoor sports centres and venues can open, with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.
        • Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools.
        • The swimming pools limit of 3 per lane in will no longer apply.
        • Ski season open.
        • Shared facilities at camping and tourist accommodation can open, with increasing screening and safeguards in place.
        • Indoor play centres and toy libraries will be able to open with 20 people per space.

        3. VIC | Restricted Postcodes: 12 Postcodes Revert to Stage 3 Lockdown

        Announced Tuesday 30 June, Premier Daniel Andrews revised that from midnight on Wednesday 1 July 2020, thirty-six Melbourne suburbs in 10 postcodes will be placed in lockdown with residents ordered to stay home.

        Under stage three restrictions there are only four reasons residents in those suburbs can leave their homes: food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education.
        • 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
        • 3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
        • 3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
        • 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
        • 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
        • 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
        • 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
        • 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
        • 3060: Fawkner
        • 3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo
        Stage three restrictions will remain in force until at least July 29. The postcodes each have at least five COVID-19 cases and an infection rate greater than 20 per 100,000 residents. 
        • The main transport corridors "in and out of these suburbs will be the subject of booze bus-type checks"
        • The businesses and facilities in these areas will again be closed, including beauty parlours, gyms, libraries and swimming pools,
        • Cafes and restaurants will only be open for takeaway and delivery. All affected businesses will be given a $5000 grant or a payroll tax refund.
        Read the 30/6 announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews here.

        From midnight Saturday 4 July additional postcodes will be restricted:
        • 3031: includes Flemington, Kensington
        • 3051: includes Hotham Hill, North Melbourne


        4. Victorian Religion and ceremony

        Current restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and ceremonies are:

        • Places of worship can open for private worship or small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in each separate area.
        • Up to 20 people, in addition to the celebrant and couple getting married, can attend a wedding. If a wedding is held in a private residence, it will be limited to the members of the household, five attendees, plus the celebrant.
        • Up to 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the person leading the funeral and other funeral staff. A funeral held in a private residence will be limited to the members of the household, five attendees, plus the person leading the funeral and other funeral staff.
        • As always, we are urging Victorians to use common sense when carrying out activities. If you feel unwell, you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested. It’s up to all of us to make this work.

        To read the Department of Health and Human Services guidance click here.

        6. Victorian $1500 payment for confirmed COVID19 cases who don't have sick leave entitlements

        On 20 June 2020, the Premier of Victoria announced a $1500 payment for those who have a confirmed case or are a close contact and who can’t rely on sick leave. This is to ensure those having to quarantine but who do not have access to any sick leave - have no financial reason to leave their homes to attend work. 
        Further details on this hardship fund payment will be made available as it becomes known. 

        7. VIC | COVID-19 Easy Read English fact sheets

        The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have created Easy English coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheets, written in simple, everyday language, supported with images. Topics include looking after your mental health, family violence support and emergency relief packages.
        Download the fact sheets

        8. VIC | Multilingual campaign materials

        Restrictions have been eased, but limiting our movement everyday means we slow the spread of the virus. A range of translated materials are available promoting this message, including posters, social media content and audio recordings to help you share this campaign with your networks.
        Download the stakeholder pack
        Download Social media graphics and text
        Download Posters
        Download Audio messages

        9. VIC | Community Safety Infrastructure Grants

        Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Infrastructure Grants. Community organisations and local councils can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to improve public safety and security infrastructure.  
        Applications close 4.00pm on Friday 17 July 2020.  
        Read more

        10. VIC | Translated resources — Return to Kindergarten

        The Department of Education and Training Victoria's Early Learning Division have translated key messages regarding returning to kindergarten and play-based learning into 12 community languages. The translated messages are available as Word documents so that the content can be easily sent via text messages and shared in social media groups.
        Download the key messages

        11. CCEH | Health Translations newsletter — June

        The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health Health Translations June newsletter includes multilingual resources on early childhood intervention, volunteering, working with interpreters by phone in a family violence setting, business support, testing for COVID-19 in Victoria, telehealth, home care during COVID-19, industry code for visiting residential aged care homes during COVID-19, diabetes and more.
        Read the newsletter

        12. ECCV | All One Together campaign video

        The ECCV has marked Refugee Week 2020 with the release of a special campaign video featuring high-profile Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds sharing their stories and talking about the impacts of racism and discrimination.
        Watch the 14min video on YouTube

        13. VMC | Tackling Ignorance that Causes Racism

        Victorian Multicultural Commission has committed to playing a leading role in tackling racism in Victoria and mobilising multicultural communities to join us. Meaningful change will only happen when people of all backgrounds come together in solidarity and become actively anti-racist.
        Read VMC statement

        14. VIC | Multicultural Media Grants Program

        The 2020 Multicultural Media Grants Program provides $500,000 through grants to enable multicultural and multilingual media outlets operating in Victoria to purchase or upgrade their equipment. Applications are open now and close 5 July 2020. 
        Find out more and apply

        15. GECC | Glen Eira City Council Employee Assist Program (EAP)

        Available for all Glen Eira Traders as part of Council’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan. This EAP initiative is a free, professional and confidential, self-referral counselling service and available only to Glen Eira businesses. Providing professional short-term assistance for any personal or work-related problem.

        Converge International is an independent, external provider who specialises in counselling and Employee Assistance Programs and the program provides two sessions in total, of either the Employee Assist or Money Assist streams to any businesses registered and operating in Glen Eira (you must provide proof of business registration and location).

        At all times privacy will be assured. All information remains with the counsellor and will not be provided to Council or a third party.

        The sessions can be accessed by calling 1300 687 327 and making an appointment under Glen Eira Businesses, or you can access by downloading the EAP Connect app from the app store.

        CALL 1300 687 327 ​
        Visit website for more information

        16. Acknowledgment to Sources

        This is a consolidated account of information current at time of issuance, sourced, collated and provided by Victorian Jewish Community COVID-19 Taskforce, Buddhist Council of Victoria, various Government Authorities, community organisations and public domain, received with gratitude.

        Best wishes for skilful collaborations, less Suffering, causes for less Suffering, Good Health and Time to Enjoy it.

        Bye bye to Essentialists for now, please leave to attend to the essential work. That is all from GEIFN's caretaker at this time.

        17. Self-Isolators, Non-Essentials And The Homebound

        Let us cheer on the global scientists, medical fraternity, authorities and essentialists racing across the clock separately and together in new found ways, to find a cure, manage the situation, and if not, create mass-producable innoculation.

        Meanwhile, if with a surplus of time, this is offered. Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

        VMC | RECONFIRMING | Wellbeing of public housing residents is our priority | 6 July 2020

        [Edited extract from public address]

        As residents of North Melbourne and Flemington public housing estates stay at home under lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Victorian Multicultural Commission has stressed the importance of their wellbeing and ensuring they are given the support they need.

        Commission Chairperson, Vivienne Nguyen, said that as a conduit between multicultural communities and government, the Commission’s role is to support residents and advocate on their behalf.

        “We are actively engaging with residents and community leaders to listen to their concerns and convey these issues directly to Victorian Government departments and agencies.”

        “We will do everything we can to support communities and help ensure human rights are protected alongside the critical implementation of public health and safety strategies,” she said.

        Since Saturday night, 4 July 2020, residents and communities have raised concerns with us about the:
        • implementation of the lockdown 
        • presence and impact of such large numbers of members of the Victoria Police 
        • need for clear and accurate communication and information 
        • timely delivery of appropriate food, medicines and other essential supplies 
        • health and mental health impacts on the residents, particularly those who have additional needs, chronic conditions as well as senior citizens 
        • potential financial impacts including the fear of loss of employment, and the 
        • need for a collaborative approach with community leaders and residents.
        In response, VMC has advocated to government for greater in-language information as well as on-site community representatives and translators. We have also advocated for culturally appropriate food and supplies for residents with support from community organisations and groups.

        “We know there is a lot more to do, so we will continue to navigate this crisis in partnership with communities and government with a clear focus on the wellbeing of residents and all those affected,” said Ms Nguyen.

        The Commission has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recent announcements on rental waivers and hardship payments to residents as well as the commitment to provide other supports.

        To further support efforts on the ground, the Commission continues to mobilise multicultural community leaders and representatives to volunteer to assist government departments and agencies, including door-knocking in other locked-down areas.

        “We are extremely grateful to the community representatives who have volunteered their time to assist in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. We are also appreciative of the many offers of support that have been made by the broader community,” said Ms Nguyen.

        Questions, Concerns, Suggestions

        The Commission understands that communities and residents continue to have many questions, concerns and suggestions, and these can continue to be emailed to contact@vmc.vic.gov.au

        Offer Support

        If you would like to offer your support to communities and residents, please contact VMC via contact@vmc.vic.gov.au

         
        MORE:
        Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
        Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
        Tel: 03 9651 5901

        VMC | UPDATING | Community Restricted postcodes — In-language materials |

        [Edited extract from public address]

        With the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continuing to rise, many postcodes across Melbourne are now in lockdown. And, as of 11.59pm 4 July 2020, postcodes 3031 and 3051 are also in lockdown.

        In addition, housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne will be closed and contained and residents will be required to stay in their homes

        These public housing estates are:
        • 12 Holland Court, Flemington, 3031
        • 120 Racecourse Road, Flemington, 3031
        • 126 Racecourse Road Flemington, 3031
        • 130 Racecourse Road, Flemington, 3031
        • 12 Sutton Street, North Melbourne, 3051
        • 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne, 3051
        • 76 Canning Street, North Melbourne, 3051
        • 159 Melrose Street, North Melbourne, 3051
        • 9 Pampas Street, North Melbourne, 3051
        There will be people onsite who will help residents with medical care, food delivery and care packages. Doctors, nurses and medical staff will be testing everyone in the buildings for coronavirus.

        The Victorian Multicultural Commission is working with the Victorian Government to ensure there are community and faith leaders on the ground to also lend their support. I echo the opinion of Victorian Council of Social Services CEO, Emma King, who said that we must ensure the lockdowns are done right, done proportionately and done with sensitivity.

        I understand this is unprecedented and that many people will feel concerned or afraid, but to stop the spread of the virus, the Victorian Government must take this swift action.

        Over the coming days, I ask you to reach out to members in your community to give them support and share in-language information outlining the latest restrictions, including posters, social media banners and translated audio messages.  

        Please share these materials by email, social media or through messaging apps you use like WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger and others. 

        Supporting communities in the affected areas will require a sustained effort over the coming days and possibly weeks. If you would like to lend support, please let us know via contact@vmc.vic.gov.au.

        Thank you for your commitment and ongoing support. During this crisis, we must continue to work together. We will share more information as soon as we can.

        Please take care and look after each other,
        Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson


        Audio messages

        Short scripts in 35 languages are available, as well as audio messages in .mp3 files. These messages outline the latest restrictions and only 4 reasons to leave your home if you live in an affected suburb.

        Social media graphics and text

        Social media graphics for Facebook and Instagram are available for download, as well as recommended post text in targeted languages. Please download and share across your personal and organisation's social media channels.

        Posters

        Posters and flyers highlighting the latest restrictions are now available in targeted languages. Please download and share through your networks.
         

        MORE:
        Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
        Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
        Tel: (03) 9651 5901 

        NAIDOC | CELEBRATING | History, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples | 8-15 November 2020

        [Edited extract from public address]
        NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Due to COVID-19, NAIDOC Week 2020 has been postponed until 8-15 November 2020.

        NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

        MORE:
        National NAIDOC Secretariat
        c/o – Culture and Heritage Branch
        National Indigenous Australians Agency
        GPO Box 2191 Canberra ACT 260

        GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | July 2020

        Welcome

        May this find you well and kindly treated.
        Another special edition Grabs for challenging times.

        Adopting, Holding and Embodying the view that this is universal year of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

        Click for most recent Consolidated Fast Facts


        Topics

        • Guest Sings
        • Street Jives
        • Wisdom Reconciles
        • Media Writes
        • Music Challenges
        • TED Talks
        • Caretaker Disclosure


        Guest Sings

        Approx 5 min presentation
        Archie Roach - Song to Sing



        Street Jives

        Approx 2 min presentation
        Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings - What I Am



        Wisdom Reconciles

        ABC Radio National | God Forbid with James Carleton: Indigenous spirituality in a multicultural Australia (54 mins)
        In secular society, it's easy to see life as compartmentalised. We work, then play, and - if we want - attend a religious service. But things weren’t always this way. Historically, and even globally today, Indigenous peoples share an interwoven and spiritual view of life. This National Reconciliation Week, James and the panel explore Indigenous Australian theology.



        Media Writes

        Approx 5 min reads

        Intro
        Tim Elliott explores the place, work and spirit that is "Warwick Thornton: the man and his demons, alone together” via The Sydney Morning Herald

        Benjamin Law explores dicey topics religion, money and death with "Poh Ling Yeow: 'I’ve always been very greedy – not for money, but for life experience’” via WA Today

        Frank Robson explores identity changing in time and efforts to remove some reminders “Tatt's it – zombie woman and the lotus flowers are going, going gone” via The Age


        Intra
        Vince Rugari explores the ongoing job of celebrating diversity made possible by team work overcoming racism when "'We're all connected': Adam Goodes mural springs up in Swans’ heartland” via The Sydney Morning Herald

        Kate Jones explores separated parents, consistent dialogue and "Juggling social distancing when your kids are divided between two households” via WA Today

        Dominic Powell explores how old market rivalries were quickly dismissed to collaborate in the Australian spirit, revealing "Inside story: How Woolworths and Coles joined forces to avert COVID-19 disaster” via The WA Today


        Inter
        Jamila Rizvi explores amplifying the voices of individuals from underrepresented and marginalised communities, citing "The Instagram movement raising voices we need to hear” via The Age

        Bianca Hall explores preserving culture, sharing wisdom and passing teachings when "Elders lend voice to project linking Fitzroy's Indigenous past and present” via The Age



        Multi
        Bec Kavanagh explores the need for the tide to rise of untold story of Australian settlement, reviewing a new work that reveals "A colonial settlement story from the Indigenous point of view” via The Age

        Benjamin Law explores dicey topics money, sex and religion with "Tea mogul Merrill J. Fernando: 'I owe everything to Australian consumers'“ Via WA Today

        Cara Waters explores early lived experience informed identification of a need and market innovation as "Easi rider: The food delivery minnow taking on the giants” via The Age


        All
        Garry Maddox explores the key to better policing is education and greater mutual understanding, citing reasons why "After his own troubling run-ins with police, Indigenous director offers hope with documentary” via The Age

        Jane Cadzow explores evolving origins of species, scientific methods that change over times and "Indiana Bones, the Melbourne archaeology students and the fossil 'jigsaw puzzle' that wowed the world” via The Brisbane Times

        Greg Callaghan explores the reality behind pandemics and the science and collective thinking needed to combat it, reasoning "Crisis talks: Why combating future pandemics needs a collective mind shift today” via The WA Today


        Togather
        Lauren Pilat and Marta Pascual Juanola explores privilege, belonging to two opposites and bridging the gap, shining the spotlight on Tanesha Bennell responding to "'I was too light and too black': The teenager behind one of Perth's largest protests” via WA Today

        Melissa Iaria explores friendships based on trust with shared goals can realise bigger dreams, citing example of "The long-term roommates and best friends who now own property together” via Domain.com.au

        Josh Dye explores benefits of a sovereign nation taking responsibility for its citizens, wherever they may be in time of crisis, reporting "Repatriation for Australians during coronavirus: How DFAT got 22,000 Aussies home” via Traveller.com.au


        Nobly
        Michael Gebicki explores how ancient libraries illustrate culture, environmental understanding and spiritual lessons for modern times, calling us to "See them before it's too late: Seven Aboriginal rock art treasures” via The Traveller.com.au

        Garry Maddox explores redressing inequity and pursuing justice, reviewing "Steel Reels: documentary captures landmark jobs for women campaign” via The Sydney Morning Herald

        Jewel Topsfield explores efforts being made to secure longer term solutions for rough sleepers as "Extra $9.8m to extend hotel stays for homeless, help find them a home” via The Age



        Music Challenges

        Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

        If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection. 

        For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

        Get ready to Reflect!
        Choose your playing level:
        Be introduced at 1.
        Be soothed at 2-4.
        Be shocked at 5.
        Be inspired at 6.
        Fuller illumination 1-6.
        You be the judge. Or not.

        Cryptic Clue:
        What is another name for a place free from loss, pain and suffering?

        1. Inspire
        2. Perspire
        3. Collaborate
        4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
        5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
        6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others


        window
        [whin'doe]
        From Middle English; from Old Norse vindaugavindr = wind + auga = eye.
        1. an opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle, fitted with glass in a frame to admit light or air and allow people to see out. 
        2. a pane of glass filling a window. Ie, thieves smashed a window and took cash from the til. 
        3. an opening in a wall or screen through which customers are served. Ie, in a bank, ticket office, or similar building. 
        4. a space behind the window of a shop where goods are displayed for sale. Ie, this was a beautiful window display. 
        5. a means of observing and learning about something. Ie, television is a window on the world. 
        6. Stationery a transparent panel on an envelope to show an address. 
        7. Computing a framed area on a display screen for viewing information. 
        8. an interval or opportunity for action. Ie, the parliamentary recess offers a good window for a bid. 
        9. Space Travel an interval during which atmospheric and astronomical circumstances are suitable for the launch of a spacecraft. 
        10. Physics a range of electromagnetic wavelengths for which a medium (especially the atmosphere) is transparent. 
        11. Military strips of metal foil dispersed in the air to obstruct radar detection. [military code word.]


        heart
        [hart]
        From Old English heorte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hart and German Herz, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin corcord- and Greek kērkardia.
        1. Anatomy an internal hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. In vertebrates there may be up to four chambers (as in humans), with two atria and two ventricles. 
        2. external physical region of the chest above the heart gestured to, adding earnestness, gravitas or sincerity to words. Ie, holding hand on heart for the Pledge of Allegiance. 
        3. metaphorical centre of a person's thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion. Ie, softening their hearts to the proposal. Ie, they ignored the entreaties. Ie, they poured out their hearts to me.
        4. one's mood or feeling. Ie, they had a change of heart. Ie, they found the occupant well and in good heart. 
        5. courage or enthusiasm. Ie, to avoid losing heart as the work mounts up, the team took heart from the encouragement handed out. 
        6. the geographical central or innermost part of something. Ie, right in the heart of the city. 
        7. the vital part or essence. Ie, the heart of the matter. 
        8. the close compact head of a cabbage or lettuce. 
        9. a graphical representation of a heart with two equal curves meeting at a point at the bottom and a cusp at the top symbolising love. Ie, I♥︎
        10.  playing cards set “hearts" is one of the four suits in a conventional pack of playing cards, denoted by a red heart-shaped figure. 
        11. playing card an individual card of the suit of hearts. 
        12. playing cards game “hearts" is a card game similar to “whist", in which players attempt to avoid taking tricks containing a card of the suit of hearts. 
        13. Agriculture the condition of land as regards fertility. Ie, a well-maintained farm in good heart.


        good
        [gude]
        From Old English gōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch goed and German gut.
        1. to be desired or approved of. Ie, it's good that the student is back to their old self. Ie, a good quality of life. Ie, Good! The more people the better! 
        2. pleasing and welcome. Ie, we've had some good news. Ie, it's good to see you again. 
        3. showing approval, favourable. Ie, the play had good reviews. 
        4. having the required qualities; of a high standard. Ie, a good restaurant. The student's marks are just not good enough. 
        5. skilled at doing or dealing with a specified thing. Ie, I'm good at crosswords. Ie, the visitor was good with children. Ie, the visitor speaks good English. 
        6. healthy, strong, or well. Ie, the patient is not feeling too good. 
        7. useful, advantageous, or beneficial in effect. Ie, morning sun is good for you. 
        8. appropriate to a particular purpose. Ie, this is a good month for planting seeds. 
        9. strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion or cause. Ie, I am the eldest of five in a good religious family. 
        10. possessing or displaying moral virtue. Ie, the individual was a good leader. 
        11. showing kindness. Ie, it was good of you to come. 
        12. obedient to rules or conventions. Ie, accustom the child to being rewarded for good behaviour. 
        13. used to address or refer to people in a courteous, patronizing, or ironic way. Ie, a person very like your good self, in fact. Ie, the good keeper of the house. 
        14. commanding respect. Ie, the leader was concerned with establishing and maintaining a good name. 
        15. belonging or relating to a high social class. Ie, coming from a good family. 
        16. giving pleasure; enjoyable or satisfying. Ie, in summer, the streets fill up with people looking for a good time. 
        17. pleasant to look at; attractive. Ie, you're looking pretty good. 
        18. smart and suitable for formal wear. Ie, go upstairs to change into the good suit. 
        19. thorough, diligent, systematic. Ie, now is the time to have a really good clear-up. Ie, have a good look around. 
        20. used to emphasize that a number is at least as great as one claims. Ie, they're a good twenty years younger. 
        21. used to emphasize a following adjective or adverb. Ie, we had a good long hug. Ie, it'll be good and dark by then. 
        22. fairly large in number, amount, size or effectiveness. Ie, the match attracted a good crowd. Ie, there's a good chance that we may be able to help. 
        23. validity. Ie, the ticket is good for travel from May to September. 
        24. likely to provide. Ie, they're always good for a laugh. 
        25. sufficiency to pay for. Ie, the busker’s takings was good for a glass of water. 
        26. used in conjunction with the name of God or a related expression as an exclamation of extreme surprise or anger. Ie, good heavens! 
        27. that which is morally right; righteousness. Ie, a mysterious balance of good and evil. 
        28. benefit or advantage to someone or something. Ie, the petitioner convinced the Regents to use their genius for the good of the people. Ie, the preservation of old buildings matters because they contribute to the general public good. Ie, this cohort is too clever for their own good. 
        29. Mercantile merchandise or possessions. Ie, imports of luxury goods. Ie, stolen goods. Ie, the market price of an agricultural good. 
        30. British things to be transported, as distinct from passengers. Ie, a means of transporting passengers as well as goods. Ie, a goods train. 
        31. informally the genuine article. 

        [Practice]

        Optional
        -- Chant Mantrastyle

        If losing love is like a window to the heartgood rings the door bell, good puts the kettle on, good is enjoyable company and good knows when it is time to leave without being asked. Good is when everyone agrees to this truth. Good is building surpluses and sharing the benefits. When that gets easy, repeat as often as required to be everyday good, naturally. Having life means every moment is precious and easily lost, regard self and every thing and time in good regard and shared with an increasing number of beneficiaries until it includes all.
        Why? Why not?
        Start today. 
        As the case may be.
        Or not.