'We will get through these tough times together'

A pop-up coronavirus testing clinic pictured in Liverpools Macquarie Street Mall earlier this year.
A pop-up coronavirus testing clinic pictured in Liverpools Macquarie Street Mall earlier this year.

Many people in our community may be feeling anxious at this time because of the coronavirus cases linked to Casula and suburbs across south-west Sydney.

The last 12 days have been challenging times for everyone but I want to reassure you that we are all in this together and Council is responding to requests for help from NSW Health and supporting our community.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant is encouraging residents in south-west Sydney to limit their contact with others for two weeks and to continue the high rates of testing because of an elevated risk of coronavirus in the region. I can't agree with her more.

It is so important that we stay vigilant, get tested even if we have mild symptoms, practise good hygiene and the 1.5 metres social distancing rule and follow the guidelines of health authorities.

Council has made available the Ash Road Sporting Complex at Prestons and the Whitlam Leisure Centre carpark to health officials to set up testing clinics.

You can find your nearest testing clinic in the Liverpool Local Government Area and stay up-to-date with the latest advice and information by visiting the NSW Health website and keeping an eye on our Facebook page.

The outbreak of cases during the school holidays has made the situation more difficult but we're in this for the long haul.

Look after your mental health, check in with your friends and family and make sure they are OK. Help is only a phone call away. You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or headspace Liverpool on 8785 3200.

Council is also supporting our business community through this crisis.

Expressions of interest for our latest assistance measure, a Business Resilience Development Program, close at 5pm this Friday, July 24. You can find more information at liverpool.nsw.gov.au/businessresilience.

You can also thank the unsung heroes who are supporting our community in these tough times by nominating them for the Order of Liverpool Awards.

Nominations close on Thursday, July 23 and can be submitted via liverpool.nsw.gov.au/community/order-of-liverpool-awards.

Liverpool is a resilient city and we will come out of this crisis a stronger and richer community.