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Premier’s Message – April 2020

For the April E-news, I would like to thank you for rising to the challenge and for playing your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus in South Australia.

By adhering to the social distancing measures and restrictions, we are working together to stop to the spread of COVID-19, and while the challenges are real, South Australia stands united. 

Furthermore, I wish to thank the RSL sub branches for your leadership in ensuring public gathering and social distancing directions have been upheld to date. Your cooperation has contributed to slowing the transmission of COVID-19 in our State.

If you or your community require further information about COVID-19 restrictions or if you wish to find information on the stimulus measures that are available, please visit SA.GOV.AU or Australia.gov.au, for trusted and accurate information.

During times of need the veteran community pull together to help one another, we saw it during the bushfire crisis, and we are seeing it again now.  While many veterans are helping other veterans, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the Ex-Military Rehabilitation Centre (XMRC) for taking the initiative to provide care packages for our most vulnerable and isolated veterans. 

Acting CEO, Dion Cowdray and members of XMRC, recognised the challenges that some members of the veteran community are facing during the COVID-19 crisis and the associated restrictions. 

In conjunction with local businesses XMRC are able to provide and deliver packages of necessary items to veteran’s homes to help them get through these difficult times. If you or anyone you know requires XMRC’s assistance, please contact Dion at ceo@xmrc.com.au.

Anzac Day 2020 will be different to previous years. As our nation’s most respected day of commemoration, it will be difficult not to stand side-by-side with fellow Australians at our War Memorials at dawn. It’s not something I thought we’d ever have to contemplate. 

Whilst this time of year encourages us to reflect on why the brave men and women of our country signed up to defend Australia and our way of life, we, as a community, can still honour and pay our respects to our soldiers who fought to protect our freedom and way of life.

I understand there have been many suggestions as to how we can still commemorate ANZAC Day, ranging from the ‘Driveway at Dawn’ initiative, making homemade wreaths, gathering on porches or balconies and tuning into the ABC for the broadcast of the Dawn Service. 

No matter how we individually choose to commemorate on Anzac Day this year, the important things is that we do commemorate, we do honour our service men and women and that we do show our gratitude for their service. 

By working together and adhering to the social distancing measures, we will save lives.

Lest we forget.


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