Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer is urging people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the region by staying at home and not choosing the Snowy Monaro as a place to self-isolate.
Mayor Beer is calling on people to follow the advice from health professionals and avoid all non-essential travel.
“While I appreciate people are looking to leave metropolitan areas and help support regional communities during these uncertain times, the best way you can help the Snowy Monaro region and yourselves is by staying home,” Mayor Beer said.
“We know our economy relies significantly on visitors, but now, we need to prioritise our community’s health.
“Additional people in the Snowy Monaro are only putting our permanent residents at risk and increasing the burden on our already stretched resources.
“While many properties in the Snowy Monaro are owned by investors from outside the area, and I appreciate their right to visit these properties, I urge them to stay at their normal place of residency.
“The Snowy Monaro will always be here for you to enjoy. Now is definitely not that time. When the time is right we will be doing everything we can to welcome visitors back to the Snowy Monaro but until this crisis is over, please stay at home.
“The 2016 Census revealed there were 3872 people living in our region over the age of 65. These residents are at increased risk of COVID-19. Please help them by following the state and federal government’s health warnings to stay home.
“I thank the majority of our community for trying their best to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We are a resilient community who has overcome bush fires and floods, and together we will overcome COVID-19.“