Welcome to the April edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.
We are currently experiencing a challenging and concerning time with the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) locally and across the globe. As we think about how this could affect our family and loved ones, many feel anxious and uncertain about the future. Council has activated its Municipal Emergency Management Pandemic Plan to reduce the risk of exposure and prevent the spread of the virus in our community.
The health and wellbeing of our community and Council staff is our top priority. We have temporarily closed our public libraries, aquatic and leisure facilities, customer service counters, arts and culture centres and youth centre. These closures will remain in place until Tuesday 14 April 2020, with the possibility of being extended. Additionally, all Council-run events have been cancelled until further notice.
Council will continue operating Maternal and Child Health services, immunisation programs, aged care services and waste collections to ensure the delivery of essential services.
As we celebrate 100 years of Maternal and Child Health care in Boroondara this year, let us never forget that the provision of this community service was prompted by a terrible influenza outbreak, and significant community concern for the high infant mortality rates experienced. As a mother of young children, I greatly valued the advice and assurance I received from my local maternal and child health nurse at Minifie Park in Balwyn.
While we navigate the challenges of COVID-19, I extend my thanks and gratitude to all those front-line community workers who are providing essential services, and supporting us all during this difficult time.
Community connectedness is key, and I encourage you to reach out to your family, friends and neighbours. Support them wherever and whenever you can. We all have a responsibility to follow the instructions for social distancing protocols, to wash hands frequently, and self-isolating if you are unwell. Like links in a chain, if you do not do these things, you become that weak link in the strong and united response we need to have as a community.
My prayers and well wishes are with you all.
Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara