Videos put forward stay safe message

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Johanna Rogers and Peter Bowdidge created a public safety video about COVID-19.
Camera IconJohanna Rogers and Peter Bowdidge created a public safety video about COVID-19. Credit: Supplied

In response to COVID-19, shire councillors and their constituents have turned to video to convey important information and requests for people to follow government regulations.

On Friday, councillors from the shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Manjimup released videos outlining the recent announcements about steps being taken in response to COVID-19.

Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire president John Nicholas and deputy president Barbara Johnson released videos on Friday, with a follow up released on Monday by Cr Nicholas.

“I think we put them out predominantly to ensure that people who are not reading what’s in the newspaper, not watching the news, or not listening to what’s coming across on radio and TV, this is an adjunct to all of that,” he said.

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“I think it’s good coming from the nearest government that the local community has which is local government, that they are reinforcing what’s coming out of the big brothers.”

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei and deputy shire president Jayde Darrin released a joint video on Friday afternoon.

“The overwhelming response was positive,” Mr Omodei said.

“We believed it was a matter of urgency that we show some leadership and get more information out, because this disease kills people.”

Other members of the community have turned to video as well, creating content to reinforce the public health messages.

Bridgetown’s Peter Bowdidge and Johanna Rogers decided to adapt a bulletin put out by Bridgetown GP Dr Mike Hoar into a public safety announcement.

“Dr Gurpreet Singh asked us to put something together to help get the message out, to get people to take it more seriously,” Miss Rogers said.

The video features members of the community taking turns to read portions of the bulletin, including a cameo from Mr Bowdidge and Miss Rogers’ three-year-old son Lucien.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback and there have been 1600 views on YouTube.”

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