Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Local Disaster Management Group Update
Yesterday, the Local Disaster Management Group raised its activation level from ‘Alert’ to ‘Lean Forward’.
The group also met to discuss the current COVID-19 situation where the Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Mayor Mick Curran asked each of the organisations to run through their business continuity plans and any future planning to support a multi-agency response if required.
“It’s important for the agencies and services across the region to work together, keep up-to-date of the important work each agency delivers and how we can best support this work, and more importantly our community.” Mayor Mick Curran said.
“We know the lead agency is the Queensland Health Department, and there’s a vital conversation around how do we support their work?”
At this stage the group won’t progress to ‘stand up’ activation level, however we will continue to monitor the situation, and should this change, we’ll update the community.”
From today, people across our region and the country will celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Although COVID - 19 may change the way we get together, it doesn’t change how we can reflect and acknowledge our history, our culture, our achievements and how each of us can individually contribute towards reconciliation in Australians.
In these COVID-19 times, Council will acknowledge the week a little differently. Today at our Council Ordinary Meeting, which will be live streamed, we will have a special acknowledgement of Country, we will commemorate Sorry Day and mark the commencement of Reconciliation Week.
Aunty Lillian Burke Butchulla Elder and President of Cooloola Aboriginal Services Inc. will share her story of the Stolen Generations and what reconciliation means for her. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Aunty Lillian speak and to Council continuing to work with traditional owners and indigenous groups across the region.
We will also be streaming a Reconciliation Week musical event from 7pm this Friday, live from the Civic Centre, plus other activities such as digital storytelling for our local schools. If you’d like to know more, head to the Council website.
The last few weeks have been very busy for Councillors. We are continuing to work on the budget as our priority. There have been some great conversations and I’m really proud of the work Councillors and staff are doing as we work on one of the toughest budgets we’ve seen. We are focused on the core services and getting these right for you, our residents. It’s not going to be an easy job and some very hard decisions made as we look at how we can best serve the community.
Mayor Glen Hartwig