I hope that this message finds you and your family, friends and loved ones, in good health and good spirits in these difficult times where we face uncertainty on a daily basis. I also hope that you are coping with all the changes that have been inflicted upon us as individuals and as a community. As I said in my previous message these are tough times, with people losing their livelihoods, losing their businesses and worrying about loved ones far away. The world is a different place. But we shall overcome this. We have done it before. Previous generations have got through wars and depression and come out on the other side, challenged but renewed and reinvigorated. Remember if you do need help, please contact Council on 83664176.
Change is inevitable; it is just that it is difficult to comprehend. The changes that have been made are to protect us all, not just the most vulnerable. We must consider others apart from ourselves. That word ‘unprecedented’ comes to mind, but we can use this time to set new precedents, norms and take actions to build a better place to live.
Personally, I am finding things to do that have been in the ‘procrastination’ basket for too long and my garden is getting a bit more attention as planting season draws nigh. I am finding books at home to reread and friends tell me they are getting ‘crafty’.
Tomorrow I will be heading into the office briefly to record some Picture Book readings for the library to use for your young ones to view online. On Monday I will record a video message to you all in advance of the Easter break. This year it will undoubtedly be a quiet one for most of us.
I am in daily contact with our CEO and regular contact with Elected Members, the Local Government Association and the Eastern Health Authority about changes being made, in order for us to continue to be proactive in supporting our community. I have participated in online discussions with Mayors across the State, the Premier, Minister Knoll and Senators Birmingham and Rushton who have been providing councils with updates. They each have encouraged and thanked councils for continuing to be at the forefront of delivering services and supporting our communities to help keep the economy going.
Finally, I take this opportunity to thank all of the staff of Burnside Council for their grand efforts to help maintain services to our community. These are testing times, but they are all pulling together. Well done and thank you! A special thank you also needs to be extended to all of the people in our City helping, either through their work or their own time, to benefit others. This includes our emergency services and medical staff who I know are working tirelessly and around the clock, playing a vital and valued role in our efforts to protect and keep the community safe.
Mayor Anne Monceaux