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Change to life as we know it

OVER recent weeks, the community has seen unprecedented changes to life as we know it – here in Tasmania, around Australia and throughout the world.

We have gone from what we have always known to a life largely based at home, for those who are able, to keeping our physical distance from each other, even our loved ones.

This has put pressure on us that we have not experienced before and it is important that the mental health and wellbeing of all Tasmanians is well supported throughout this period of significant change.

It is also very important that anyone who can stay home does.

That is why Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne is working with Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre to make isolation packs for those in the community self-isolating or at risk.

“General manager of Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre Cate Clark, approached my office to ask for help in providing some of our at-risk community members with everyday essential products, including toilet paper, tissues, milk, tea and coffee, as well as basic recipes and sudokus for mental health,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“It’s an ever-changing situation and for many, uncertainty and anxiety are never far away.

“These isolation packs are critical to help our community’s most vulnerable people stay home and stay safe.

“We all need to pull together during this crisis and take every available step to keep Tasmania safe from the threat of COVID-19.

“This is not just about personal health; it is about public health, and I applaud the tireless work of the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre for taking a proactive response to responding to this public health emergency.

“The Neighbourhood house network across the Eastern Shore are all doing amazing work in supporting their communities with houses in Clarendon Vale, Warrane and Risdon Vale all stepping up.

“I know these difficult times can be very stressful and everyone is feeling the impact.

“Be kind to yourself and to others and check in on those you think might be struggling with a phone call.

“We must work together. It is important we all act as a community to do the right thing so we can save lives. Together, we can get through this.”

Caption: Cate Clark, general manager of Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre with groceries for the community’s most vulnerable.