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Council messages of unity in community #weareinthistogether

06/05/2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georges River Council has been working on a range of initiatives to help build a sense of community, and encourage people to do what they can to support local businesses. 

Colourful banners have been rolled out in town centres throughout the local government area, with positive messaging including ‘Stay safe, take care’, ‘Buy local’ and ‘Help those in need’. 

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that it is striving to keep people feeling connected, and businesses supported, and is delivering projects which help to unify the community. 

“At a time when there is a great deal of uncertainty, and many individuals and businesses are really struggling, we have to do what we can to protect and support one another,” said Mayor Greene. 

“We are in this together, and that’s the theme of Council’s messaging to remind the community they are not alone, and we are here to offer support however we can. 

“We are seeing incredible resilience on display, with businesses adapting incredibly quickly to the environment we find ourselves in due to the pandemic. 

“We are witnessing heartening community spirit, with individuals reaching out to each other over social media, and volunteerism reaching new heights. People are noticing the important bonds which they may have previously taken for granted or even ignored, and are quickly coming to the understanding that unity is the key to a positive future. 

“A great initiative, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation One Another Community, is distribution of ‘I can help’ postcards for people to put in their neighbours’ letterboxes, and offering assistance to any self-isolating or vulnerable residents. 

“Council has delivered a range of support to assist local business, including promotion of food businesses on Council’s website, and using our social media platforms as well.

“We also developed and distributed to businesses, posters which enable them to inform customers of any changes to their opening times, and highlight whether they’re offering online or take away services only. 

“This follows on from changes made quickly to make it possible for restaurants that previously had no consent to deliver and take-away, to now do so, and relaxing of parking enforcement to support people collecting take-away or assist delivery. Additionally, supermarkets are being supported to receive deliveries 24 hours per day. 

“We’ve relaxed fees associated with all food and public health inspections including food trucks and stallholders, and we’re waiving and/or adjusting fees and charges for all outdoor dining. 

“There are new banner systems which have been installed at Carss Park, Narwee, Lugarno, Hurstville Oval and Oatley West, and there will be more to come in other areas. We are capitalising on the banners’ visibility to add colour and positivity to the streets of Georges River. 

“We really are in this together, so we encourage everyone to look out for one another, take care and have patience, because there are brighter days to come,” added Mayor Greene.
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