It wasn't what we wanted, but it's happened.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk wasn't surprised with the news of the whole state going into lockdown yesterday, but said he was confident the community would be able to come out of this well.
"Lockdown was probably inevitable, given we had it north and south of us," Cr Kirk said.
"The virus isn't going to go away by itself, so we have to make it go away.
"We can only do that by doing and playing our part."
To give you a lift, Goulburn Man Walk manbassador Daniel Strickland, Goulburn Multicultural Centre (GMC) manager Heni Hardi, member for Hume Angus Taylor and member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman wanted to deliver an uplifting message to the region.
Mr Strickland wanted to encourage people to stay positive.
"We've got this Goulburn!" he said.
"Whilst we begin a period of stay at home or lockdown orders, we are a strong and passionate community that will support each other through it.
"While we have to physically distance ourselves, let's not isolate away from the world and remain connected by calling, using FaceTime, messaging friends and staying active.
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"Remember you're still allowed to leave home for a walk around the block.
"It could do wonders for the mind and body."
Ms Hardi wanted to be positive and said help was available for those struggling.
"This has been quite a different experience to last year, but we will all be able to take some lessons from this," Ms Hardi said.
"The GMC service is open for online counselling support.
Mr Taylor said he was confident the resilience of Goulburnians would shine through.
"It's obviously a tough time for all of us, but we've got through it before, and we'll get through it this time as well," he said.
"There's nowhere I'd rather be than Goulburn as we get through this, and I know others feel the same way.
"With vaccination rates rising fast, the end of the pandemic is in sight now, but in the meantime, look out for each other and stay safe."
Ms Tuckerman said the lockdown was for everyone's own good.
"The risk of COVID-19 in the regions has been realised," she said.
"The lockdown in the regions is to make sure we get on top of this Delta strain as soon as possible in the regions.
"Canberra's outbreak highlighted the threat is real, so I ask everyone to adhere to rules, to not look for excuses or loopholes and to abide by the rules.
"Please look after one another, offer support and kindness where you can and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
"We are a wonderful community and we need to work together to get through this.
"These are very tough times for everyone, but together with each other's support, we will absolutely get through this."
The lockdown ends at 12.01am on Sunday, August 22.
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