Mayor's Message - 31 March
Like many businesses in our community, we are adapting to the unfolding COVID-19 situation. I want to re-assure you that it’s still business as usual. We are following the guidelines provided by the State and Federal Governments to keep our staff and community safe and our essential services remain in operation. You can expect to see our roads team out an about doing road repairs, our grounds crew mowing lawns and kerbside bin collections continuing. In accordance with the guidelines, some of our public facilities, like the Inverloch Hub and Cowes Cultural Centre are closed. This means we are able to focus and ramp up the cleaning of public facilities remaining open, like public toilets. These facilities should only be used if you need to go out for essentials. Remember if you are out, wash your hands often and keep your activities to a minimum.
One of the strongest messages from the State Government is ‘if you can stay at home, you must’. My fellow Councillors and I will continue to engage with each other and the community, but for the most part, we will be doing it from home in order to keep everyone safe. This is a serious situation and something we must all do.
There is still a lot we can do from our living room to support those around us. It’s been fantastic to see our local businesses react and adapt, showing their amazing resilience and innovation. Many are promoting these new services through their Facebook pages and websites, you can also find out what they are doing by giving them a call. Restaurants and cafes are doing take away and delivery services, shops are moving online. Check it out and if you can, support local. They need us now, more than ever.
We are hearing a lot of concern from the community about those most vulnerable and how they will be supported through the pandemic. Council has begun conversations around relief packages and programs, the State Government is providing relief hampers (phone the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 to arrange) and supermarkets are offering delivery services to seniors, those with a disability and those quarantined at home.
Most importantly, reach out to your neighbours, friends and family and offer them kindness and support.