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Keeping Hobart Together

THE City of Hobart’s Hobart Together initiative is helping Hobartians feel connected, thanks to its stories of kindness and support being shared on an online, interactive message board.

As part of the City’s Resilient Hobart program, a series of web pages containing useful information, advices and support resources was launched as the first stage of Hobart Together.

“Hobart Together’s key message is physically distanced but still connected,” City of Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“We are aiming to connect people with the services they need, provide advice and information around staying healthy mentally and physically, and offer support through grants and other measures.

“Importantly, it also reminds us to be kind – both to ourselves and others.”

Through the Hobart Together initiative, the City’s Your Say community engagement website has become an interactive message board for people who live, work or visit Hobart to share their thoughts and stories while undertaking physical isolation.

Through this message board, people have been sharing stories of kindness and messages of support to lift the spirits of others.

“If your neighbour does something nice for you, let others know about that act of kindness – however big or small,” Mayor Reynolds said.

“Share your positive thoughts and messages, ideas to stay active at home, or anything that will make others smile.”

One example of a community staying connected during COVID-19 restrictions was a scarecrow building competition recently held in Ridgeway, with people getting involved in a fun and creative activity.

Also included on the page is a short survey where participants can provide feedback on the type of response to COVID-19 they would like to see from the City of Hobart.

The Resilient Hobart Quick Response Grants also opened, providing funding of up to $1000 to support work that builds capacity, strength and resilience in the Hobart community.

Lord Mayor Reynolds said this could be through programs that provided support to vulnerable people in self-isolation, an online platform to connect artists with audiences, or other activities that supported the message of physically distanced but still connected.

“We invite applications for programs that support vulnerable people in our community, including our older residents and those experiencing homelessness,” she said.

The grant is open to registered not-for-profit organisations, with other organisations or individuals only able to apply under an auspicing agreement with a registered not-for-profit.

For full eligibility and guidelines, visit hobartcity.com.au/resilienthobartgrant.

To contribute to the Your Say message board, visit yoursay.hobartcity.com.au.

To access Hobart Together and other resources available through Resilient Hobart, visit hobartcity.com.au/resilienthobart.

Caption: From left, seven-year-old Willa Calic and six-year-old Matilda Sinclair with their scarecrow in the Ridgeway scarecrow building competition.