YOU may have read reports recently referencing Kempsey as an 'at risk' community, especially vulnerable to a COVID-19 outbreak, based on the age profile of our community and our Aboriginal population.
I think it is important to look at that research in context of additional facts. From a coronavirus perspective, there have only been four cases here in our shire and there have been no new cases for over two months.
As a community we have taken extensive steps to minimise the risk of infection and they have worked.
And our local Aboriginal community has also been very proactive in its handling of the outbreak. As an example, the Durri Aboriginal Medical Service has been holding weekly working group meetings which have developed specific plans that are in place to assist the local community.
It always frustrates me when Kempsey is reduced to a percentile bracket or balance sheet total. We are so much more than that.
The numbers in these reports are true, but the key to data is always the way in which it is interpreted. The image that is portrayed of Kempsey in these reports is so different to what I see every day.
We are a strong and resilient community. We have overcome floods, fires and droughts. We are now being asked by others around the country for advice on how their community can replicate our successes and strengths.
We come together when needed. We do what's needed. We are strong and we care. That's been our secret for generations.
That's why I think we are well prepared, better than many, not a community at greater risk.
Love the library
Kempsey's libraries started their Click and Collect service last week and what a tremendous success.
At the Kempsey branch alone there were 36 collections on day one and so many smiling faces of library members able to once again take advantage of this cherished service.
Head to the library's web page for details on how you can start borrowing at www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/library