Services ongoing

Services ongoing

Thanks to the South Australian community for the support received so far during this unprecedented time in Australia's history.

Australia has entered uncharted territory. The bushfires, economic downturn and the coronavirus pandemic are impacting all of us in very real and challenging ways. Cancer Council SA continues to offer accommodation to regional South Australians in our facilities in Greenhill Road and Dequetteville Terrace, Adelaide.

We have modified our services to ensure we are following Department of Health recommendations for social distancing. While our communal areas have been closed or restricted, our wonderful chefs are providing an affordable takeaway service from Monday to Friday.

Our Transport to Treatment Service continues, with passenger numbers reduced in our buses and other community vehicles to comply with social distancing.

The service is in high demand, and our wonderful staff from across the organisation have jumped on board,helping drive guests to and from hospital to ensure we can still get people to treatment safely and on time.

We will introduce a phone check-in support service, where the Cancer Council SA team will be contacting guests on a regular basis for a friendly chat to make sure they feel supported and connected during this time.

As always, our 13 11 20 service continues to be available to offer phone and online support to all South

Australians impacted by cancer, with local trained Cancer Nurses available during business hours to provide essential information to those who need it most.

The sudden and overwhelming emergence of the pandemic won't stop the impact of cancer in our community, and in some instances may exacerbate it-which is why community support is so vital. If you are able to do so, a donation made via the Cancer Council SA website would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to my fellow South Australians for their generosity during this time. You have made an invaluable difference to the lives of the 27 South Australians diagnosed with cancer every day.

LINCOLN SIZE

Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA

Real estate to work together

On Sunday night (March 22), the Prime Minister made it very clear that all Australians should immediately cease unnecessary travel and cease all unnecessary social interaction in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

With this in mind, the Real Estate Institute of Australia is now calling on all real estate agents across Australia to make significant changes to the way they conduct their business particularly in relation to house inspections and the conduct of public auctions.

Past practice with open homes and public auctions needs to cease. We need to take the Covid-19 Virus seriously. The deliberate organising of a gathering of people by a real estate agent flies in the face of the directives of the Prime Minister.

To continue to arrange unmodified public open homes and auctions is clearly irresponsible. Whilst we obviously recognise the impact to trading this will have, it is important that the entire industry pulls together and supports the Government in their efforts at this time to limit the spread of Covid-19.

One on one private inspections by appointment must become the norm coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities.

With regard to public auctions, these can still occur via telephone bidding or by using one of the many online auction platforms available.

We need to show some initiative and resourcefulness at this time. As an industry, we are all in this predicament together and the sooner we all do what needs to be done, the sooner we can return to a more normal real estate market.

ADRIAN KELLY

President, Real Estate Institute of Australia