Friday, 24 March 2020
The City of Kwinana is introducing a range of initiatives designed to support and nurture local communities and businesses as they face the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Carol Adams said that elected members had ongoing concerns about the health of small businesses in Kwinana, especially those directly affected by the social restrictions put in place in recent weeks.
“Perhaps the best way that we can all help each other at the moment is to remember to shop locally,” Mayor Adams said.
“I realise it can be tempting to order items from interstate or overseas, but our local businesses offer a wide range of goods and services and they need your support right now,” she said.
The City has created an online list of businesses that are still open during current restrictions, available through the ‘Things to Do’ section of the City’s COVID-19 page on its website.
Along with local businesses, many other vulnerable members of the community have been impacted through loss of income and the effects of social isolation, and are seeking support and guidance during this difficult time.
“For many years the City has been assisting residents in need and we are here to help during the current pandemic,” Mayor Adams said.
“Our Community Support staff have up-to-date information about services currently available to the Kwinana community and we have established a dedicated phone line on 9239 4570 for people to call if they find themselves in need of help or advice,” she said.
The service provides access to information, local services, advocacy and assistance in understanding current restrictions, regulations and benefits available to those who face hardship.
The City has also adjusted its program delivery for the near future, with both online and home delivery services introduced to the community.
Kwinana library has officially launched it’s ‘click and collect’ and home delivery services, allowing library users to access the physical library catalogue, despite the building being closed.
“While our library offers extensive online resources for those with access to the internet, there are some people in the community who are not in a position to use technology and we want to ensure that they still receive access to books and learning opportunities at this time,” Mayor Adams said.
Books can be ordered via phone, email or via the library website. Home delivery is available to those who are unable to leave their home or residence at this time. Click and collect is available to all other community members.
For those who do have access to technology, the City will be running a series of online programs, commencing 28 April, including Creative Cartooning, Money Wellness and Employment seminars, as well as some local live music to be streamed over Facebook.
“Obviously this is an incredibly challenging time for many of our residents,” Mayor Adams said.
“But we are hoping that all of these small changes we are making will contribute to a larger network of support and create community connections for those who may not otherwise be considered,” she said.