Regional Australians are among the most resilient people in the world – make no mistake.
The very worst of circumstances always brings out the very best in regional and rural people.
We battle through fires and drought, storms and floods – and we do it together.
We band together, we help our fellow community members. It is what we do. It is this moral fibre which makes our local communities the wonderful places they are to live, work and raise a family.
Now the COVID-19 pandemic is another significant challenge and, again, our regional and rural communities will rise to the occasion – together.
The Delta strain of COVID-19 has presented a situation not experienced on our shores since the Spanish Flu pandemic of more than 100 years ago.
Getting the jab is not only important for you, your friends and family, it is key to getting back to enjoying this wonderful region we call home.
I thank each and every person who has rolled up their sleeves and received the jab and I urge and encourage those who have not yet done so to discuss your options with your local GP to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
You can go to www.health.gov.au to find the nearest available COVID-19 vaccine clinic and to book your vaccination.
Please do not delay – you will be saving lives and livelihoods.
Federal Member for Riverina