Mes­sage from Chris Bilkey

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Mayor’s Column -

It seems as though our world is shrink­ing, and our abil­ity to cross the bor­der be­com­ing less and less. And if that’s true for us, spare a thought for those in Vic­to­ria who now have to live and work un­der Level 3 lock­down mea­sures, with all that goes with that. It seems to us un­nec­es­sar­ily lim­it­ing.

But when you hear of some of the reck­less be­hav­iour of in­di­vid­u­als ȵout­ing the rules in Vic­to­ria and reȵect on how easy it would be for in­fec­tion to reach our com­mu­ni­ties, we have to be thank­ful that we have no cases here. It would be so easy to im­port the virus, ei­ther through reck­less­ness or through in­no­cent mis­ad­ven­ture, that main­tain­ing our disease-free sta­tus is worth the e΍ort. Times such as these place great stress on our men­tal health. Bit by bit, the re­stric­tions and what they mean to our daily lives add to our anx­i­ety lev­els. Our in­abil­ity to stay in touch phys­i­cally with friends and fam­ily that are sep­a­rated from us by the river can take its toll. So, make sure you are us­ing all the means you can to main­tain con­tact. No-one should feel alone or left be­hind at times like this. If you reach out to peo­ple, you are do­ing them and your­self a favour. Think of peo­ple who have been im­pacted by the iso­la­tion and make con­tact. We can still meet up for a co΍ee or a beer. The good you do will be more than you re­alise.

And if you are strug­gling, reach out your­self for help. Talk to friends, and if nec­es­sary, seek pro­fes­sional help. It’s ac­ces­si­ble, de­spite the bor­der re­stric­tions. These are the times when that kind of sup­port can make a huge di΍er­ence.

And re­mem­ber: if you are in Vic­to­ria, a mask is an essen­tial fash­ion ac­ces­sory!

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact coun­cil on 1300ɋ087ɋ0­04 or visit www.mur­

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