As I write this column we are on day two of the ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown, where we need to stay home and isolate, to break the chain of transmission to contain this cluster of COVID-19 in South Australia.
We all have been watching our neighbouring states go through another wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. Just as we see those borders opening up South Australia had an outbreak, how fortunate are we to have the leadership to manage the situation and keep us safe, unlike some countries around the world.
One of the strengths of our district is how our towns and villages support each other and have great community spirit. Being isolated is not the norm for us which may be concerning for you. The welfare and mental health of our community is very important, I remind you that support services are available and we have compiled a list on our website here www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au/fleurieucoastsupportservices or you can phone us for more information.
The advice we are given is the realism that COVID-19 will continue to disrupt our lives when we least expect it, so do not get too complacent in the clear periods as these outbreaks will continue from time to time.
We remain committed to continuing our essential services but the way we deliver these may look a little different for now.
Earlier this month I had been busy connecting with State Ministers and Local Government officials. The highlight of my month was attending the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) day where they presented their vision and ability to connect with the councils who have their Native Title land. I came away from the day inspired of what can happen with leadership and I encourage the indigenous groups in our Council region to use the NAC approach and template. Many cultural areas in this region could be shared and preserved.
Council has a lot happening at the moment and we continue to ask you to comment on various projects and initiatives. I hope it’s not too over whelming, but as part of our communication we need to know your thoughts.
Thank you for playing your role in keeping our community safe. We may be physically distanced, but as a community, have never been more united.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.