Community Recovery Committee


On Monday 15 June 2020, Council endorsed the establishment of a Community Recovery Committee (CRC), to work with community leaders and experts to make smart decisions with long term benefits.

The committee will identify and implement strategies and plans to achieve key recovery goals, which may include new and refocused grant streams plus targeted programs, partnerships and advocacy to:

  • decrease incidence of family violence
  • rebuild strength and social connection for older residents
  • support our community to reconnect and safely participate in community life
  • encourage residents to live actively to improve health and wellbeing
  • develop strategies to address homelessness and rough sleeping
  • support community members experiencing financial hardship
  • re-engage young people with school and learning
  • embed tolerance and acceptance
  • decrease harm from alcohol, drugs and gambling.

This information will be updated regularly as members of the Community Recovery Committee are confirmed and work gets underway.

COVID-19 response to date

Maintain essential face-to-face support services safely – Delivered

  • Early years centres have remained open.
  • In-home care and delivery services have continued for older residents.
  • Immunisation program has continued for essential vaccination.

Reorient services to support community health and social connection from home – Delivered

  • Delivered services via phone and video conference, including aged care assessments, maternal and child heath appointments, new parent groups and youth services programs.
  • Developed digital programs including Check In With Chapel, Alfresco Touching Base and Active Stonnington.
  • Moved a number of library programs online to maintain community connect such as Storytime at Home.


Provide community with information and advice – Delivered

  • Website regularly updated with information on Council services and links to government advice and support.
  • Social distancing signs installed in key public spaces.
  • Special COVID-19 Stonnington News edition circulated.
  • Developed advice for shared housing, rooming houses and owners corporations in multi-storey dwellings.

Engage with local relief agencies – Delivered

  • Ongoing liaison with local relief agencies, including receipt of key data on emerging social issues.
  • Ongoing coordination of emergency relief (under State Relief Plan).
  • Supported Star Health to open a self-testing clinic at Prahran Town Hall.