Just as we were getting used to life with stage three restrictions again, another spanner has been thrown in the works - new SA border restrictions.
From next Friday, cross-border community members will no longer be able to enter South Australia for the purposes of medical treatment, education or accessing essential supplies such as food or fuel.
This will no doubt come as a blow to many residents in our shire.
Council staff are doing their best to get more clarification about the issue and get support to those who need.
Now more than ever is the time to speak up if you are struggling mentally or financially.
We are all in this together and we will need to rely on each other to get through this extremely difficult and distressing situation.
Rate notices for the coming financial year are now being distributed and we understand that this may cause some financial anxiety for some residents and businesses.
Overall there is a two per cent rate rise in line with the 2020/2021 budget. Individual properties might go up or down, depending on the valuation change of their property, relative to others.
Council has a number of measures in place to help people who are having difficulty paying their rates, including our COVID-19 hardship policy.
If you need more information on this, please reach out and give staff a call.
During these unprecedented times, please don't forget that there are a number of services available throughout the region.
Uniting Wimmera can offer mental health support and food and housing assistance.
West Wimmera residents can also call the Council offices directly and speak to our intake team for assistance.
The Rural Outreach Program is another great service in our region for those needing mental health support.
Times seem to be getting tougher for many, but if we can continue to support each other, we will get through this together.
Continue to be kind to one another and always be available to lend an ear to those who need to talk. Stay safe everyone.