Council continues COVID support


Esther Lauaki

Brimbank council will continue to focus on supporting its diverse community to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, chief executive Helen Morrissey said.

“We recognise how difficult the impacts of COVID-19 have been for our residents and businesses, and on behalf of council I would like to thank the community for their ongoing patience and for riding the storm together with us,”Ms Morrissey said.

“As a council we geared up quickly to help combat the spread of the coronavirus and in April council adopted the whole-of-council Brimbank Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Recovery Strategy. With 93 per cent of the identified actions completed by end September, we are tracking well.

”Council remains committed to re-aligning the ways in which it supports people locally, despite the municipality being hard-hit socially and economically by the pandemic.”

Council recently released the September Community Impact Analysis – the third such analysis since the pandemic began – to better understand the economic effects and impacts of COVID-19 on Brimbank businesses and the community.

The Community Impact Analysis identified those most at risk were people in precarious employment with no entitlements to sick leave, no guarantee of future work and no capacity to work from home. This increased both the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and chances of transmission.

The analysis drew on surveys of 71 community support organisations, interviews and information gathered from 20 council teams on what they heard through their work within the community and from working with individuals, families and groups.