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                 Northsiders through

        COVID-19, and beyond!

            here is no doubt that 2020  job keeping older residents safe
            has been an extraordinary  and healthy, and they definitely
      Tyear so far.  When the COVID-         deserved  a  quick  break!    Local
       19 pandemic swept across  the  community groups and churches
       globe, unprecedented restrictions  have also continued to help the
       were placed on the way we  most vulnerable members of our
       function and connect.  Within the  community.  Meals on  Wheels
       space of a few press conferences,  in Sandgate, Geebung, Nudgee
       we had to abandon the comfort  and Chermside have continued
       of our daily rituals, stay inside  to deliver high-quality meals to
       and socially distance ourselves  Northside homes.   A big shout
       for the  sake of public  health and  out goes to Bridgeman Baptist
       the greater good.  As the Federal  Community Church who donated
       Member for Lilley and a patriotic  70 pre-made meals to the Zillmere
       Northsider, I could not be prouder  Community Centre over the Easter
       of  how  our  community  rose  to  long weekend.   Their generosity
       these challenges with altruistic  went a long way to help those who
       hospitality and deep community  are struggling to get by.
       spirit.   We know that when a          Of course, navigating COVID-19
       Northsider is doing it tough, there  has not been without challenges.
       will always be a flurry of hands  Information, guidance and advice
       ready to help.                        have  shifted  regularly,  sometimes
        From  the outset  of  COVID-19,  daily.   The rapidly changing
       my  primary  focus  has  been  to  landscape of social distancing rules
       protect the health and wellbeing  left  many  confused.    Since  April
       of Northsiders; especially older  2020,  my  office  has  called  5000
       residents who are particularly at  Northsiders, including 2,500 people
       risk if exposed.  Thank you to the  over the age of 85 and veterans, to
       local workers who have gone  check-in and see how they were
       above and beyond to keep us safe.  adapting to social distancing rules.     Seeing  how  we  have  come  with strong economic growth.
       Our health and aged care workers,  It was so heart-warming to hear  together to take care of our  Today’s older  Australians are the
       cleaners, teachers, public transport  stories of visits with grandkids  neighbours from a social distance  generation that rebuilt our country
       workers,    truck  drivers,   shop    facilitated through the safety of the  has affirmed how lucky we are to  and shaped our society.   Older
       assistants, police and emergency  front door fly screen, or neighbours  live on the Northside.  It is because  Australians have shown aspiration
       service workers have risked their  dropping off groceries to doorsteps  of the collective effort of our  not just for yourselves, but for a
       own health to look after others.  of those who couldn’t travel to the  community  that  restrictions  are  better life for your children.  I share

       To show my thanks, in March I  shops.  Jean from Kedron told me  gradually being lifted.  As we start  with you a commitment to be a
       shouted 70 aged care workers at  about a café across the road from  to see the light at the end of the  good parent and a good ancestor.
       Wesley  Mission  Queensland  in  her house that left food and coffee  tunnel and look to the future, I turn       The future is not just a vision
       Chermside  a  coffee  from  a  local  on her doorstep every morning  to the lived experience of older  of  something  imprecisely  better
       small business.  Our aged care  because she couldn’t leave her  Northsiders.   After WWII, Australia  than the present.  Like the
       workers are doing a fantastic  home.                                       emerged as a prosperous nation  present, it too will be made of an
                                                                                                                        unaccountable number of complex
                                                                                                                        and interlocking details, and likely
                                                                                                                        more global pandemics.  Now is the
                                                                                                                        time to prioritise the making of a
                                                                                                                        better world for future generations.
                                                                                                                        Our children and grandchildren
                                                                                                                        deserve better than an economy
                                                                                                                        that consigns them to a lifetime
                                                                                                                        of low wages, job insecurity and
                                                                                                                        unaffordable housing.  If young
                                                                                                                        people have to bear the brunt of
                                                                                                                        the COVID-19 economic recovery,
                                                                                                                        many will be forced to put off
                                                                                                                        moving out of home or have to
                                                                                                                        return to live with their parents, put
                                                                                                                        off marriage and having their own
                                                                                                                         It is up to us to prepare for the
                                                                                                                        future, to take action, and to set the
                                                                                                                        course for future generations, now.
                                                                                                                        We can’t leave this work undone,
                                                                                                                        for our children, grandchildren and
                                                                                                                        great-grandchildren to pick up and
                                                                                                                         This present time in history is the
                                                                                                                        cornerstone the future is built on.
                                                                                                                        Now is when we craft the world
                                                                                                                        we want for our descendants, after
                                                                                                                        COVID-19 and beyond.
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