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Community invited to apply for COVID-19 Community Recovery Committee

Published: 4 December 2020

With Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions easing, Cardinia Shire Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from community members to join a COVID-19 Community Recovery Committee.

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across Cardinia including increased mental health and social isolation issues, higher unemployment as well as job and financial insecurity.  The COVID-19 Community Recovery Committee will support community wellbeing during recovery as well as advocate and advise local and Victorian Government on community needs and priorities. 

People interested in taking part in the COVID-19 Community Recovery Committee are invited to register their interest by 5pm on Monday 14 December 2020.

A panel made up of community volunteers and Council staff will select committee members after assessing expressions of interest. 

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said that while government and other organisations play an important role, pandemic recovery is most effective in the long term if led by the community. 

“We know the community has been hit hard by COVID-19 and 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. 2021 will be the year to rediscover, reconnect, reset and rebuild Cardinia so we can all continue to thrive as a community.  

“Recovery is best led by the community from the ground up. Community members know what the community needs. As we head towards COVID normal, community voices and contributions are key to a successful recovery for Cardinia. 

“We certainly want to start 2021 on a positive note and that’s why we want to hear directly from passionate community members now.  

“We’re calling on people from all backgrounds from our nine new wards with relevant skills and experience to apply so the community recovery committee represents a range of ideas and experience,” said Cr Owen. 

All applicants will be contacted by Thursday 24 December 2020. 

Visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/recoverycommittee to complete and return the Expression of Interest form by 5pm on 14 December 2020. Call Council on 1300 787 624 for more information or assistance completing the form.