In a time of crisis, The Courier is taking our role as the most important news conduit in Ballarat seriously.
Part of this is about providing the best information available and using that as the best possible panacea if not for the virus itself, then at least for the panic which it can all too easily induce.
But this goes beyond quashing rumours with verified facts.
We also want to instill that sense of calm resolution, which if we pull together in this one, we have the best chance of seeing the crisis through with the minimum casualties.
This includes looking after our vulnerable but also looking after each other as we enter the uncharted waters of social isolation and even lockdown.
But for now, it also involves ensuring all those local businesses and all the jobs they support are not left marooned and desolate through abandonment.
Many, many of them, as our list shows, are bravely pushing on, staying open and greeting us, albeit from a distance, with a familiar smile.
We owe it to them to keep supporting them within the confines of this new order of risk minimisation.
Never before in our lifetimes has a sense of community been so vital to ensure survival.
But the good news is Ballarat is well placed with that same spirit to make a difference.
Thanks for reading.