His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia met recently with City of Mount Gambier representatives via online platform Zoom to learn about the Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Vice Regal program adjusted due to the public health situation, His Excellency took the opportunity to meet with Mayor Lynette Martin OAM and General Manager Community Wellbeing Barbara Cernovskis virtually to continue keeping in touch with the South Australian community.
“It was a pleasure to chat with His Excellency and share with him the work City of Mount Gambier has been undertaking to keep our community safe but also to prepare for a strong recovery as restrictions are easing,” Mayor Martin said.
“He was most interested in the steps taken under the ‘Our City, Our Response’ plan including rate relief, corporate volunteering to assist community organisations including Meals on Wheels, Spare Ya Change for Kids and Food Bank, establishment of the Community Development Fund, local business consultation, online program delivery and the many other initiatives Council has put in place during this challenging time.”
In closing, His Excellency requested the Mayor pass on his best wishes to the residents of Mount Gambier and expressed his desire to visit the City again when restrictions further ease.
“The strength and resilience of the people of Mount Gambier, stemming from its enduring community spirit, has always impressed me,” Mr Van Le said.
“I fervently hope that with fortitude and resolve we will recover from this pandemic quickly and strengthen even more the spirit of Mount Gambier.”