The COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented.
It is, in its nature, isolating.
It may cause anxiety. It has already caused panic.
It will cause sickness. It will hurt our local economy: our local business people, the casual workforce.
It could last for six months or longer.
But COVID-19 has also exposed the good.
It’s exposed Moonee Valley’s unwavering community spirit.
And right now, at a time when we have fewer choices about where we can go, and what we can do: we can choose to focus on the good.
We can choose to #rallymooneevalley.
Like neighbours reaching out to help each other.
We’ve seen streets and neighbourhoods create chat groups on social media to keep in touch. We’ve had forms left in letter boxes with phone numbers offering free help to those in self-isolation.
Like the offers of help.
Residents offering up excess toilet paper or pasta on community facebook groups.
Like the support for small business.
Locals spreading the word on the butcher, or bakery, or green grocer who have still have stock when the big supermarkets are out.
And those small businesses stepping up.
With offers of home delivery to our elderly, sick or vulnerable neighours.
At Moonee Valley City Council we’re doing our best to maintain services and add more that can help our community.
But we want to hear about, and share all the good things happening as Moonee Valley rallies in the face of the outbreak.
We want to share how local businesses are adapting to keep serving our community.
If you’ve seen an example of the good happening in our community online please tag us:
@mooneevalleycc (facebook and twitter)
Use the hashtag #rallymooneevalley
Or submit a story for Valley View.
And we’ll help celebrate the good.
Like Mascoma IGA offering special help for those in need.
Like Hem 27 in Flemington which has shut its dining area to minimise the risk to staff and customers, but it still providing takeaway.
Like Paramount Health and Fitness in Ascot Vale that’s providing take-home gym kits.