Health and community wellbeing have been two focuses in the Liverpool Plains shire during the COVID-19 pandemic, with lots going on to ensure residents are doing well and will be looked after in the future.
LPSC mayor Andrew Hope said he was proud of the resilience displayed and compassion shown during these tough times, with members of the community being supportive of each other and rallying around the vulnerable.
"As our way of life has been impacted by COVID-19, we have seen local acts of kindness shine through," he said.
"Individuals and organisations have been working to support our most vulnerable and those who are doing it tough."
For example, volunteers from OzHarvest brought a truck load of fruit and vegetables for free distribution to vulnerable and needy community members. OzHarvest have also provided funding to Quirindi CWA to support their assistance programs.
"The current circumstances have resulted in many people doing it tough and worrying for their health, their financial future, their local business, and their job. Standing together, we can look after ourselves, our family, our friends, colleagues, and our community. Together, we will emerge a stronger, even more cohesive community," Cr Hope said.
Safety measures have also been ramped up in the shire, with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter now able to use the helipad at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct, better servicing the Quirindi Hospital.
"This is great news that allows the aircraft's trained medical and operational crews to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap," Cr Hope said.
The mayor said community consultation had identified the need for a 24/7 accessible helipad to serve both the health system and emergency services during dire situations.
"As a result, the council was able to obtain funding through the federal government's Drought Communities Program towards this project which was also supported by the Rural Fire Service and NSW Government," he said.