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Community Support Program

PMH Cares for Community

We know this is a challenging time for many in our community so we're establishing a new program of support called PMH Cares for Community - to advocate for better connections and resources for community members to get through this unique and difficult time together.

Through PMH Cares for Community, we'll be working with key partners, community groups and service clubs to ensure that physical distancing does not mean social isolation, and shut down does not mean shut out.

The Program, aimed at supporting our older community members and those with compromised health, is a means by which all of us in the region can help and connect with each other safely and will involve:

  • using existing networks, such as Our Community Directory and social media platforms to encourage community members to participate and connect with each other, local business and those in need or who can provide practical help,
  • assisting with the set up  of communications technology on home computers and devices, such as Zoom and Skype,
  • introducing 'Care' cards for those not connected - a mechanism for those who are not online to seek support or assistance, or
  • providing practical help to pick up and deliver shopping, run errands, collect medication from the chemist, post letters, walk the dog, mow the lawn, tend to the gardens.

These non-financial measures are a starting point and we will continue to work with various internal and external partners to plan for our community and economic recovery to ensure we thrive beyond COVID-19.

In this regard, staff will commence working with key stakeholders such as the Economic Development Steering Group (and the Cultural Steering Group and the Community Inclusion Committee) to discuss ideas and initiatives that will form part of a medium-long term recovery plan.

How to get involved in PMH Cares

We'll be sharing more about the rollout of our PMH Cares program over the coming weeks. If you'd like to connect with us to offer your support as part of this program, please send us an email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au with the subject title "PMH Cares for Community program".

COVID-19 Recovery Working Group

We are establishing a COVID-19 Recovery Working Group with the purpose to bring together community leaders from across the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area, to discuss how we can successfully recover from the COVID-19 health crisis - economically, socially and culturally. This new Working Group will be Chaired by Council's General Manager. We will share more information soon regarding this Group and next steps.


Other community and business support 

We have several financial and non-financial initiatives now in place to support our local businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic including:

This page was last updated on: 16 June 2020