In the latest update from Eurobodalla Council the General Manager advises that Members of the public can contact councillors by phone or email with issues that can be raised with staff.
Both Councillors Pat McGinlay and Anthnony Mayne have been proactive in their quest to best represent the community in Council chambers by way of offering questions to pubic speakers, researching emails sent and tirelessly answering phone calls from ratepayers aware that these two councillors will listen, engage and action if required. In light of the social distancing requirements Council will now be going into Zoom mode with video conferencing for their briefings, Public Forum and Council meetings. In the spirit of engagement Councillor Mayne has posted: "OK, we got through the fires, the floods and now we have the Virus!!
"Like each and everyone one of us, we are in this together; again!
"No doubt, there are many questions, so as a Local Councillor - what would you like to know from your local level of government?
"Clearly we are dealing with unprecedented change on the back of the fires and floods. "As a member of the local RSL and as a former Infantry soldier, I am sad to see ANZAC day cancelled. At a recent RSL exec meeting we explored options to at least do something on the special day. "Married to Linda, the local Anglican priest, I listened as she explored options in this current environment. At the SES we are looking at how we continue to serve within the current restrictions. Even at Council we are looking at how we conduct our meetings amidst the current challenge this virus presents to us all.
"So, we live in unprecedented times. And we know, from the fires, that we are a resilient lot. Yet with social distancing, we will be challenged as the hand shake and the hug and back rub are put on the bench for now. So what can we do?
"Social distancing does not preclude Kindness, a Phone Call, a Smile, an act of Generosity, a Text Message, The quality of our response is going to be so important here.
"At Woolies today in Moruya I was fortunate enough to buy an 8 pack of toilet paper. It felt like I had backed a winner! Times they are a changing. Yet I have the privilege to live in our beautiful Shire and to be a local Councillor. So, in these "interesting" time of both challenge and opportunity for each of us, what questions do you have for us as a Council.
Stay well and wash your hands. Clr Anthony Mayne M:0429 980 818