Since August 13, less than a week after Dubbo was forced into a snap lockdown, the Dubbo COVID Logistics Centre team has delivered more than 1000 packages to those in desperate need.
The team has been targeting COVID-19 cases and close contacts across Dubbo and surrounding areas, bringing them necessities from monitoring kits to medication, food and cleaning products.
Dubbo COVID Logistics Centre service lead Daniel Robinson said this has helped patients and close contacts stay in isolation.
"We've been providing, putting together and delivering, care packages to COVID-19 patients in the community as well as those at risk close contacts who are isolating," he said.
"These packages have helped patients and their families get through those isolation periods in their homes but also in other accommodation without the need to be worrying about potentially needing to break that isolation to get a hold of those necessities they need. It's also provided people to feel more comfortable in an incredibly tough time."
Recipients for this program are identified through Aboriginal Supports Officers as well as through the COVID Care and Community Team.
"Our team is made up of Local Health District staff as well as some Rural Fire Service staff," Mr Robinson said.
"It's heartening to see the dedication the team has been putting in over these past six weeks.
"This is a seven day a week service and that has meant a lot of time missing with family and needing to dedicate that time to the community, so it's been great to see that community spirit there. It is an incredibly rewarding experience for us to be able to give back and support in a really practical manner.
"One instance that stuck with me was when one of our runners had dropped a package of some kids craft supplies out to them.
"A couple of days later they were driving past to deliver another delivery and they saw the kids on the front verandah playing with those paints and colouring in. Knowing they were safe was really heartening and encouraging. Those are the sorts of things that have kept these guys going.
"The amazing support that we've got from some of the local businesses and organisations, and also the Australian wide businesses and organisations, has been incredible.
"The ADF and the NSW Police the RFS, Resilience NSW, Foodbank and Australian Harvest, Mid West Foods here in Dubbo, Sydney Children's Hospital, Coles, Woolworths, Kimberly Clarke Buninyong Community Centre, Uniting Care here locally and Dubbo Regional Council."
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