Mayor praises community spirit during pandemic

Turbans 4 Australia have been packing food hampers for the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Chris Lane
Turbans 4 Australia have been packing food hampers for the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Chris Lane

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller has praised the "exceptional " work of the community in helping vulnerable people most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council has done its bit to assist relevant organisations by making council facilities available to community groups, providing gloves, masks and hand sanitiser to volunteers and contributing food and hygiene items for hampers.

Grants were also given to local food service and welfare providers to assist their work.

"This crisis has really demonstrated the depth of our community connection here in Liverpool," Ms Waller said.

"Charities and religious groups, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies have been doing an exceptional job, working very hard together to support vulnerable people with shelter, meals and financial assistance.

"And council continues to receive enquiries from volunteers wanting to offer free food services in Liverpool.

"Thank you to all the people in Liverpool who have contributed to supporting the community during these challenging times.

"This just shows how much can be achieved when the community pulls together."

Ms Waller said this year's national Anti-Poverty Week October 11 to 17) took on extra significance amidst the pandemic.

This year the campaign is pushing to maintain the coronavirus supplement to the JobSeeker allowance, which is due to end in January 2021.

"It's important we don't leave people behind, especially with the 'new' normal hopefully returning soon," she said.

"We must ensure those reliant on Centrelink payments are paid adequately, as they have been through the COVID-19 pandemic."