Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) residents are being urged to keep an eye out for the most vulnerable in the community.
Mayor Andrew Hope is requesting that those who are aware of family, friends and neighbours in this position to provide that information to council, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 6746 1755, to have them placed on a Register of Vulnerable Persons.
"Along with LPSC general manager Jo Sangster and other council staff we have met with representatives from the police and local service organisations to work together in a co-ordinated approach to provide assistance to the most vulnerable," Cr Hope said.
"Council is developing a database of who and where these vulnerable people are and the requirements they have. LPSC is assuming a co-ordination role, partnering with these organisations and others in the community to achieve the best outcomes."
Ms Sangster told the meeting that council has reassigned staff from normal duties, due to non-essential services closures, and is making them available to assist community groups with the delivery of meals on wheels and assisting with other volunteering roles where necessary.
"The way our service organisations and businesses are partnering was highlighted by the CWA representative at the meeting who reported that they have arranged with the pharmacies and IGA to deliver medications and groceries to vulnerable people in the community," Cr Hope said.
"They are also arranging vouchers through local businesses for casual workers and others in the community who have lost their job.
"The CWA are also appealing to any community members who have old mobile phones they are no longer using to donate them for distribution, to elderly and disabled people who are self-isolating, to facilitate their keeping in touch with loved ones. Please call the CWA on 6746 1326 if you can assist."
Cr Hope said the Quota Club representative advised that their regular market days were cancelled, however their food bank would remain open whilst possible.
"They are also preparing hampers for isolated people," he said.
The mayor said although all organisations in attendance have had to cancel meetings, they were still working on projects to assist locals through the "difficult times".
"On behalf of council, I sincerely thank them for partnering to assist the vulnerable in the community," he said.
"Again, I highlight the need for all community members to practice social distancing and to practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. Working together we can prioritise the requirements to protect and support our elderly and vulnerable."