Community Support in Crisis

(Community Recognition Statement, 24 March 2020)

On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I acknowledge the inspiring community support that has occurred during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Facebook groups like Darlo Darlings, Potts Pointers and Pyrmont Locals are sharing information and spare supplies, helping each other get on with life during very abnormal times.

People who can are contributing to their local area through projects like 'buy‑now‑shop-later', where residents can buy ahead of time to support local businesses. Others are paying for an extra meal or drink so that the business can keep open, pay staff and also provide this help to someone in need.

They are sharing information about where you can get hard-to-find or specialist supplies and helping those who cannot get out with shopping and errands.

We are seeing creative responses to difficult situations, older people passing on tricks and shortcuts they used in past difficult times, and younger people using their knowledge of technology to help older people sort problems.

In times of crisis, it is inspiring to know that so many people in the community will show kindness and care, helping vulnerable people and sharing resources.