Mayor Thanks Volunteers as Community Recovery Hub closes to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Mayor Thanks Volunteers as Community Recovery Hub closes to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Posted on: 24.03.2020

The community recovery hub based at the Balmoral Village Hall for Wollondilly and Wingecarribee fire affected residents has ceased operations while the COVID-19 remains a health concern for the community.

Discussions with voluntary groups and agencies involved in running the hub noted that, while there are low or no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area at this stage, most people were self-isolating as non-essential services shut down or moved online.

Many of the volunteers who were running the centre were particularly vulnerable to the risk of infection due to their age, so the decision made last week to close the recovery hub was strongly supported by Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Shire Councils.

Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “I would like to thank all the volunteers who have kept this valuable support service running right in the midst of the fire affected area, providing help to those families in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee shires who lost homes or had property damaged.”

“I would particularly like to thank Kim Hill from the RFS and Kerry O Grady from Picton CWA for their dedication to providing locals with a place to access quality food and household items during the bushfire recovery period.”

“This was a great example of locals looking after each other, and it shows us the resilience of people in our area - something that will be very important we move into this next challenge for our communities,” he said.

The team who managed the Hub are keen to continue providing support to bushfire affected residents, so a range of options are being considered such as making goods available via a number of agencies, using the GIVIT service www.givit.org.au/services.

Further information will be shared about ways to access local services in coming days. Please continue to use the following key contacts:

  • Wingecarribee Bushfire Recovery Hotline 1800 316 500

www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/bushfire-recovery

  • Wollondilly Shire Council 4677 1100

www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/disaster-and-public-health

  • Service NSW 13 77 88

www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/bushfire-customer-care-service

  • Laing O’Rourke 1800 007 539
  • Support from non-government organisations

www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/bushfire-customer-care-service/support-non-government-organisations-ngos

Laing O'Rourke representatives have been visiting registered properties in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas to arrange site clean-up.

If you have not yet been contacted about your clean-up it is important that you double check they have your details as soon as possible. To check please call 1800 007 539 and they can help you to register.