Who can believe that Christmas Day is so close?
Although 2021 has been another challenging year for everyone in our community, in Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast, we have been fortunate to have had minimal direct exposure to COVID at this point in time and I wish to thank you all for the role you have played in achieving this.
When the need arose to isolate, wear masks, practice social distancing you did so, and continue to do so. – I thank you all for looking after each other.
I know that Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone in our community and so my thoughts turn to those people and also to those who may not be able to be reunited with family and friends because of border restrictions in place.
To everyone who has contributed to the Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas appeal, I thank you for your kindness because you are going to make someone’s Christmas a little better than it may have been.
I am thrilled to report that we have already surpassed last years record fundraising amount of just over $40,000. I am overwhelmed and gratified by the generosity shown by our supportive community. It really is such a wonderful feeling to know that so many people care to make the lives of others a little better during this special time of year.
If you are out and about doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, I encourage you to support local businesses and shop locally wherever possible. I look forward to seeing our city alive and buzzing during the festive season.
In closing, I wish you all Christmas blessings and hope that with all that is going on in our world, we take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Stay safe over the holiday period and I look forward optimistically to 2022.
LYNETTE MARTIN OAMCITY OF MOUNT GAMBIER MAYOR