Councillor urges shire solidarity

Shannon SmithGreat Southern Herald

A Shire of Cranbrook councillor has reached out to his community and urged people to stick together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cr Peter Denton, pictured, led by example last week when he posted to the Cranbrook Community Noticeboard Facebook group, not only as a councillor, but as a friend.

He asked how everyone was going and whether anyone needed help.

Cr Denton, who is the long-time local postmaster and president of the Cranbrook Sporting Club, said he had noticed the effects the pandemic was having on the community and he wanted people to know that “we will get through this”.

“Everybody is struggling at the moment,” he said. “I wanted to say hello and let them know that I am thinking of them as a councillor and as a business person.

“With the situation that we have got it is very important to keep in touch with your neighbour and your community. It can help people a lot in this time.

“The reaction I got was brilliant. It’s great to see the difference communication can make.”

While his post office doors remain open, he said there had been some drastic changes to their business and others, and he knew it could be hard.

He said there were always people in town who wanted to help if you were struggling.

“If you need a hand or you have problems, go and talk to your neighbour,” he said.

“If you are isolation, there is a phone call just around the corner.”

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