Reigniting the relationship with Campaspe Shire Council
For the April meeting, Shepparton-Echuca Regional Network discussed Campaspe Shire Council’s response to their feedback on access to local infrastructure.
The Shepparton-Echuca Regional Network adapted easily for their first videoconferencing meeting. Due to the current challenging and unique global situation, all Regional and Community Networks are being held online instead of meeting face-to-face.
Although many Network members have not used Zoom before, it was a straightforward process to get into the meetings by simply clicking the meeting’s hyperlink or by calling the meeting’s landline number.
Connecting through Zoom gave everyone the opportunity to continue to connect and share experiences, and also to meet new members who previously could not attend meetings due to distance. The Network agreed that it was important to continue their regular routines as normal and safe as possible. For example, following up with medical appointments through Telehealth, persisting with TAC, NDIS or My Aged Care for plans or equipment orders over the phone, doing indoor and outdoor exercises, and having honest conversations with carers (see link here).
The Network had looked forward to welcome back Sam, Community Engagement Manager from Campaspe Shire Council, however he could not attend due to an emergency Council meeting. Instead, the Network discussed Sam’s written responses to the Network’s feedback on inaccessible infrastructure in Echuca, which included the Riverboat Wharf project, managing Bindi weed, the Aquatic Reserve, and how the current Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards needs updating. The Network also discussed the importance of effective communication with Council, and acknowledged the possibility of taking on other access projects while Council re-prioritises their current projects.
Since the meeting, Council have received the Network’s response to Sam’s written responses, and also suggestions on how community services can be improved to better support the local community through the COVID-19 situation. The Network highlighted the need to increase virtual access to health services and increase delivery services to support vulnerable people living in isolation.
The Network, especially people living in the Campaspe Shire, look forward to continuing the relationship with their respective Councils in the coming months.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Zoom online – from the comfort of your own home
Brainstorm ways on how the newly formed Northern Community Network can support each other
Spire at 9489 0777 (toll free 1800 999 128) or [email protected]