Message from the Mayor 30 March 2020

31st March 2020

I, like most others, are wondering how on earth we got from normal to here so quickly. The day to day business of Council is still going on, but with a focus protecting the health and wellbeing of our community, at the front and centre of our decisions.

Early on, our messaging had been asking people to reconsider their travel plans and suggesting that people only undertake essential travel. This was picked up by the media as a “Robe don’t want you” message which was unfortunate (and damaging) but as the week wore on, both State and Federal governments were issuing the same message Australia wide.

Despite this we are still seeing people coming here and others wishing to book for Easter. I would like to thank the accommodation providers who are actively dissuading people from holidaying in Robe until the non-essential travel restrictions are lifted.

As with all disasters, it brings out the best in most of the population. Here are just some examples from our town in the last week:

  • The Trilogy Team are looking at a model for providing free meals (with community support and donations) for those who have lost their jobs and the older members of our community who need assistance
  • Our supermarket is offering free home delivery
  • Our chemist is providing us all with unending care and commitment and has planned in advance to ensure there is a medium term supply for those who get regular prescriptions
  • Planning is underway to start a foodbank operation out of the Robe Footy Club
  • One of our local health professionals is seeking information on offering mental health support via phone to anyone in the community who needs it
  • Brad Scott and Lisa Hall (Robe Tourism Association President and Secretary) are providing ongoing information to our devastated tourism operators regarding the range of services available to businesses through the Government’s stimulus packages
  • Wendy Leopold, Valma Jennings and Ali Douglas offering their services (via phone) to our over 70’s who might need a hand working through the maze of information or would just like a chat
  • Sea Vu Caravan Park offering our health professionals free accommodation should they want to isolate from their families.

I’m sure there are other things that I’ve missed……. please let me know and I can put them in the next post.

A very special thankyou to the Robe Medical Clinic from the Robe Community:

TO ALL OF THE AMAZING STAFF AT THE ROBE MEDICAL CLINIC, OUR COMMUNTY THANKS YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.

OUR COMMUNITY IS STAYING HOME, WE ARE SELF ISOLATING AND OBSERVING SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD

This forced slow down of our lives has had some unexpected benefits.  So many people have said they have had time to do some gardening, talk to friends on the actual phone (not via text!), do some baking, clean out the garage and spend time with their kids!

Please remember that:

  • this virus is no one’s fault (despite all the conspiracy theories!)
  • it’s no one’s fault if someone gets it (because someone will)
  • and there are no winners in the blame game (no surprises there).

We will work our way through this and we are still the same strong community today as we were before this all happened.

Take care, please stay connected and if you there is anything you don’t understand or are concerned about, please call me on 0427 357 243. Service isn’t always great at Bray but I will definitely call you back ASAP.

As things change so quickly with Covid-19, we will continue to provide updates via our Facebook page. If you don’t have Facebook, please get one of your friends to relay the information to you.

Mayor Alison Nunan