President’s Message - 9 April 2020
In some aspects life is changing rapidly, however the cycle of farming is remaining the same as we prepare for seeding. For some, this means that the impact of COVID-19 on our lives is lessened as we move through the seasons. With this said, it is still vitally important to remember that we obey the social distancing and restricted travel movements.
Easter: is normally the time when we take a break and spend time with our family. This year we will have to do things slightly different. I am aware that for many people this normally means a trip to the coast camping, boating and fishing, but this year we all need to stay at home. This does not mean that we can’t camp - backyards are still available, or for those of us who live on farms, perhaps out in a paddock. Whatever you do, please stay in your immediate family groups, do not invite friends or family around. Social distancing rules still apply - no more than 2 people in a group unless you share a residence. I am pleased to say that CAG have found an inventive way to have the Easter Bunny distribute eggs to the children of the town on Sunday, so stand in your front yard between 10am - 11am and listen for the siren. Thank you CAG for endeavouring to bring joy to our community.
Doctor: On a positive note, Three Springs Shire has been working closely with Rural Health West to get the 1800 CALL A DOC (1800 225 523) available for the residents in the Shires of Three Springs, Carnamah and Coorow. This service is a free telehealth service that provides diagnosis, prescriptions, referrals, care and treatment. Since we do not have a GP, this service will be invaluable to the community whilst we continue to source a permanent GP.
Restricted Burning: Please remember that the restricted burning period has been extended to 30 April this year, so if you are planning on burning either on farm or in town, ring the Shire Admin Centre for a permit. They can be issued via the phone, with the original being emailed and mailed out. Admin staff are still working, but if you require face to face service please call 9954 1001 and make an appointment. Yakabout is still being produced, and DoT services, including licencing are available.
Council: is still meeting, albeit remotely. As per normal, agendas and minutes are on our website. The difference is that if the public have any questions, these will have to be emailed through by 2pm on the day of the meeting.
Mental Health: Stress, depression and anxiety are things we need to keep an eye on within our families and friends, so take the time to call a friend and have a cuppa with them. Just because they are on the phone doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with them. Social connections are still important, and help us to maintain good mental health. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, read a book - take time for you. And most importantly be patient, be kind.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.
Cr Chris Lane