MEMBER for Mildura Ali Cupper has expressed her confidence that residents in the Mildura electorate will comply with Victorian Government requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19, but has warned that police will use their new powers for anyone who chooses not follow the rules.


“I support the Government’s decision to implement Stage 3restrictions in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Ms Cupper said.


“I believe from what I have seen and heard that our community is by and large doing the right thing. However, my office does receive reports from concerned constituents when they observe certain groups or people who don’t appear to be taking the threat seriously enough and may still be gathering and not observing physical distancing requirements.”


Ms Cupper has warned that Victoria Police will not hesitate to use their powers to ensure that the rules are being followed.


“The police have been rightly equipped with powers to intervene when people are not following the instructions of the Chief Health Officer,” she said.


“In the lead up to Easter, when our region is usually a hive of activity for tourists, I know Victoria Police will be doing everything they can to ensure those instructions are followed.”


Ms Cupper called on the Mildura community to show they care over Easter by staying home and following the rules. “There are only four reasons that people need to be going out. Shopping for what they need – food and essentials, Medical care and compassionate needs, exercising in a pair or alone, or work and study if you can’t do those things remotely,” she said.


“Simple adherence to these rules makes a big contribution to our entire community, it is really the best gift we can give to our family and our entire community this Easter.”