Central Otago Recovery Response
You might be thinking “what discussions are happening, and what initiatives are being implemented, to ensure Central Otago is best placed to recover from the impact of COVID-19?” Well there has been a lot happening behind the scenes and it’s time to fill you, our community, in.
In June Dylan Rushbrook was appointed as fixed-term Recovery Manager to lead the coordination of Central Otago’s response from the impacts of COVID-19. The role has a particular focus on economic development, co-investment opportunities and community well-being.
Not long after that, the Central Otago Recovery Response group (CORR) was formed, comprised of leaders of business, social agencies and community groups. The group, with up to 40 members, meets monthly (either virtually or in person) and is chaired by Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.
“The intent of the group is to make connections across sectors and inform each other of what we are seeing,” said Dylan. “Our ultimate goal is to get ahead of any issues COVID-19 may bring to our district and mitigate these as best we can. Having so many different points of view within the group enables us to build an informed view of what’s happening and see how the situation is panning out.
“A couple of examples the group has recently been working collectively on are addressing the seasonal labour shortage, and getting additional health and well-being support in the district. Having everyone in the room and working collectively on these issues means we’re all pulling in the same direction and the messaging is consistent and cohesive.”
Two sub-committees of CORR have been established – one to focus on mental health and well-being support and a second to focus on information and communication.
Mayor Tim said it was important in such uncertain times to provide a single source of truth to refer people to.
“We are looking to develop data dashboards and have these accessible to the public, including via a button on The Central App. We learnt the crucial importance of timely, accurate information when suddenly 1pm on TV One became compulsory viewing. The data dashboard will share information such as current Jobseeker figures, average rent, weekly spending amongst other things. Our aim is to keep our community informed of facts rather than anecdote.”
If there are any issues you wish to bring to the group’s attention you can get in touch via Recovery Manager Dylan Rushbrook on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 440 0056 and ask for him.