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Richard Riordan MP Explains Why Colac's number of active COVID-19 cases in Colac has plummeted.

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

The town of Colac, in Victoria’s west, has had remarkable success getting on top of COVID-19.

Listen to Richards Interview with Ross and Russ on 3AW Breakfast

In just 10 days, the number of active cases in Colac-Otway Shire fell from 80 to 36.

Now, the town has just 15 active case of COVID-19, a 58 per cent drop this week, despite enduring a major outbreak at an abattoir last month.

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan, said the town was so successful in beating coronavirus because they’d been preparing for months.

“What we did, more than anything else was just worked together,” Mr Riordan told Ross and Russel.

“We brought together people from right across the business community and the public sector."

“Everyone worked together and we’ve been meeting since nearly March, so when this broke out … we knew that our town could be at risk."

In March, the town started a local campaign to ‘Keep Colac Safe’, bringing together local faces to spread the message.

“It was an absolutely brilliant campaign and it spread like wildfire around the town,” Mr Riordan said.

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