Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Mayor Rhys Williams has praised Mandurah residents for their ongoing support to their neighbours and fellow community during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Over the past few weeks, our community has done an incredible job of supporting each other and offering help to others, and I'm so proud of the way Mandurah has really shown its village heart at this time of need,” the Mayor said.
“It's really important that we continue to support each other to make sure we're all staying connected, we're keeping safe and have what we need to get through this.
“While it's absolutely vital, social distancing and isolation measures can potentially lead to our more vulnerable communities becoming unnecessarily disconnected and not receiving the support they need.
“The City is putting in place a number of things, including welfare checks and coordinated support services to make sure those particularly vulnerable people in our community are getting the help they need.
“I'd love to see the fantastic efforts of Mandurah residents helping one another continue by safely checking in on your neighbours to make sure everyone stays connected.
“To help everyone do their bit, this week we are distributing two printed cards to assist neighbourly connections and to provide easy access to the right information and important helplines during the pandemic.”
The Mayor thanked the local media partners Mandurah Coastal Times, Mandurah Mail, CoastFM radio as well as Australia Post, Mandurah Police Station, Woolworths and the local residents groups and Rangers team for helping to get the important cards out to the community.
“I'd encourage everyone to use these cards, and keep them somewhere safe for reference,” he said.
“We may be physically distanced, but our amazing community spirit has shone through in the ways we are reaching out and supporting those who need it.”
The cards will be distributed via the Mandurah Coastal Times (April 1 issue) and information will be in the Mandurah Mail, online at both newspapers and CoastFM radio, as well as Woolworths stores and Big W Mandurah Forum. They can also be downloaded at mandurahmatters.com.au/covid
For the latest information on COVID-19, City of Mandurah residents can go to www.wa.gov.au, the Healthy WA website (healthywa.wa.gov.au) and Facebook page, or www.health.gov.au/
The following websites are very useful, including the actions community members can take to prevent the spread of infection: https://www.health.gov.au/ and https://www.who.int/
Friendly Neighbour Support Postcards
The Friendly Neighbour Support Postcards are being distributed to letterboxes in partnership with local residents' groups and associations. Residents are encouraged to 'cut out, complete and share the kindness' by filling in the cards and offering to help their neighbours with groceries or staying in touch with a phone call.
Mandurah Community COVID-19 Response Plan card
In partnership with local media and businesses, the City is distributing another important card featuring phone numbers and hotlines which will be of assistance during this time. It also outlines what the City is doing as part of the Mandurah Community COVID-19 Response Plan, and what residents can do to help.
The City will be using the Mandurah Matters platform to coordinate support activities across the community by working with agencies, community organisations and groups that can assist. It also provides an opportunity for people to let us know about good news community stories that we can help to share.