01 April 2020 - Parliament
With COVID-19 practices in place, it is anticipated that Parliament House will have few people in the building during the upcoming recess.
With a significant number of Parliamentary employees working remotely, and the cancellation of all events at Parliament House, the Parliament catering team have capacity to assist the food rescue charity OzHarvest.
For the last five years, Parliament has partnered with OzHarvest to provide excess food prepared to distribute to agencies in need.
Legislative Council President Hon Kate Doust MLC said, “As a result of the COVID-19 unavoidable shutdowns more and more people will be struggling financially.
“With empty supermarket shelves caused by panic buying, and cafes and restaurants shutting down, it will be more difficult for organisation like OzHarvest to continue to provide food to those in need.
“These are unprecedented times and we as a Parliament must assist where we can.”
“This is an extremely difficult time for Australian charities and not for profits and we are pleased that we can increase our involvement with OzHarvest who are helping the most vulnerable.” said Peter Watson MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Mr Rob Hunter, Executive Manager Parliamentary Services said, “Like most workplaces the Parliament implemented major changes to the way we work to ensure COVID-19 protocols are observed.
“The Parliamentary recess provides an opportunity for our catering team to redirect their efforts to on preparing meals for OzHarvest. We are delighted to be able to utilise our Parliaments kitchen and staff to provide a community service during this challenging period.
“We hope to provide thousands of much needed meals over the coming weeks. My team are genuinely excited to be able to make a contribution at this time of crisis”.