Message from Chris Bilkey
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 eort. 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 coee 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 dierence.
And remember: if you are in Victoria, a mask is an essential fashion accessory!
For further information contact council on 1300ɋ087ɋ004 or visit www.murrayriver.nsw.gov.au