Updated: May 11, 2020
This period has been disruptive for everyone, but clearly there have been some people that have seen more dramatic impacts as a result of this crisis.
I have been in touch with a number of community leaders who are supporting the thousands of temporary visa holders and international students that are stranded and without access to welfare support.
Hobart Council has made space available for free at our Mathers House kitchen for the Sikh community to run their generous free meal delivery service.
I recently Chaired a Cultural Communities Roundtable that we help on Zoom. About 60 community leaders participated and we heard about some of the challenges people are facing. Many cultural community organisations in Hobart are working doubly hard as they help members of their community that are struggling to pay rents, afford food and access health care.
I have also been working with the Hobart Chinese community who are feeling particularly vulnerable because of some racist attitudes about people Chinese heritage and appearance being the cause of Coronavirus. We have had a few zoom meetings, including with Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Sarah Bolt who is keen to understand any racist experiences people may have had in the last few weeks. Its really important to report any racism you see or experience using this form - https://equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/resources/forms/report-it
But of course if you experience a violent or abusive attack, please report it immediately to the Tasmanian Police.
The Council is working to help the Hobart community get back on its feet – if you live or have a business in the City of Hobart area you might like to apply for either our Business Grants to help pay for $700 of professional advice in dealing with the crisis. See - https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Grants-and-funding/Business-Grants
Or if you have a creative or community project to help the community deal with or recover from the crisis apply for one of these larger grants - https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Grants-and-funding/resilient-hobart-grants
Lord Mayor of Hobart