Council’s Destination Southern Highlands team have been working with local businesses to prepare hampers for our neighbours in nearby Campbelltown.
The Campbelltown local government area is classified as a local government area (LGA) of concern and its residents are under stricter stay at home orders.
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s General Manager, Lisa Miscamble, said the benefits of the initiative were twofold.
“As well as being neighbourly, the hampers showcase the best of what our region has to offer,” she said.
“We hope that this small gesture goes a long way in promoting the businesses and spirit of the Southern Highlands community.”
The idea came about after the team at Destination Southern Highlands (DSH) were contacted by Active Therapies, a physiotherapy and osteopath business in Bowral.
Active Therapies put a call out for donations to around 1,200 businesses and were overwhelmed by the response.
Together Active Therapies and DSH hatched a plan on how to assemble the hampers and distribute to residents doing it tough in the Campbelltown LGA.
“It’s heart-warming to see the generosity of our neighbours in the Southern Highlands, who have reached out during this difficult time to support some of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Campbelltown City Council’s General Manager, Lindy Deitz.
Distribution of the first load of hampers has already begun following collection from DSH on Wednesday 8 September. A further 150 hampers are currently being prepared for distribution.
For more information, including how to donate or purchase a hamper for yourself, contact the team at Destination Southern Highlands on phone 02 4871 2888 or www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au