Cleaning across Monash will be significantly boosted thanks to a State Government program for councils.
Starting 16 May, Council will have additional cleaning and disinfecting regimes to what it is already undertaking, courtesy of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions as part of the Working for Victoria scheme. The one-month program caters for high foot-traffic areas throughout the municipality including local shopping strips and parks and open public spaces.
The Visible Street Cleansing Blitz program provides 50 crew members working with our Council teams to provide cleansing services of high traffic areas in Monash. The cleansing will include traffic light buttons and poles, signs, street and park benches and handrails on the exterior of public buildings and along paths.
Mayor Stuart James said Council welcomed the crucial support from the government to aid the community’s road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know the community has a heightened expectation of cleanliness now on public facilities that we use each day, like traffic light buttons, street furniture, bike racks and the exterior of bins, ” Cr James said.
“As we have discovered quickly, hygiene and cleanliness is critical to fighting COVID-19 and preventing its spread, and that applies to facilities and public assets as well as people practising personal hygiene.
“We are ensuring we are doing our best to make sure that public spaces are cleaned each day and this program is a great boost to these efforts.
“We urge the community to keep up their excellent efforts with simple hygiene practices including hand washing, sneezing and coughing into the crook of your elbow and using hand sanitiser. We will get through the other side of this pandemic together if we keep doing our bit to fight the virus.”
This cleansing blitz will operate at least twice daily, seven days a week by contractor Citywide’s Emergency and Maintenance Cleansing and Sanitisation Services.
Media Contact: Emily Webb 0466 026 560 or email Emily.Webb@monash.vic.gov.au