Covid19-Updates

Childcare subsidy - announced 2/4/20


From the office of the Prime Minister 2/4/20;


Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan announced by the Federal Government this afternoon that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis

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Under the plan, the Government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap based on a point in time before parents started withdrawing their children in large numbers, but only so long as services remain open and do not charge families for care. The funding will apply from 6 April based on the number of children who were in care during the fortnight leading into 2 March, whether or not they are attending services.


The Prime Minister says priority will be given to working parents, vulnerable and disadvantaged children that need early education more than ever and parents with pre-existing enrolments.

The new system will see payments start flowing at the end of next week. The system will be reviewed after one month, with an extension to be considered after three months. The payments will be paid in lieu of the Child Care (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy payments.


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NSW Govt laws restricting gatherings and movement;

The NSW Parliament has passed rules that set out how the restrictions on gathering and movement are applied in NSW and the fines and punishments that can apply if you don't follow the rules.

The official document can be read here



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Job Keeper subsidy scheme

The Federal Government has announced a scheme to support employers in keeping staff employed and paid.

If you are an employer you need to REGISTER with the ATO to take part, go online to https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

For more detail on the requirements to qualify you can read this Fact Sheet from Treasury;



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Federal Government updated rules - start from 11:59pm Mon 30/3/20


These new rules announced on Sunday by the Prime Minister, in addition to all that have been previously announced;

Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. 
  • Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.

  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.

  • Evictions will be put on hold for 6 months by the states and territories. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. More information to come this week.

  • All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. 

  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places must be closed. There are restrictions on attendance at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open. 
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Mudgee Small Farm Field Days

Due to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and the Government Order under the Public Health Act to ban mass gatherings, Mudgee Small Farm Field Days organisers regret to announce that the 2020 Mudgee Small Farm Field Days has been cancelled.

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Western Area Health update - at 4pm Wed 25/3/20

As of 4.00 pm Wednesday 25 March 2020, there have been a further six cases of COVID-19 identified in the Western NSW Local Health District taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 21.

The cases of COVID-19 are located in Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Dubbo, Mid-Western, and Orange Local Government Areas.

All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.
In all cases, contacts have been followed up and tested where appropriate, and the people involved have either entered home isolation or have completed home isolation.

NSW Health wishes to thank all those individuals for their co-operation.

Any new case and their close contacts will similarly be asked to self-isolate unless hospitalisation is required. Those affected are contacted every day to check that they are well.

All travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms. Please follow the home isolation guidance.

NSW Health is continuing to trace and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community.


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Additional restrictions announced by Fed Govt - effective from midnight Wed 25/3/20

The following are CLOSED Australia wide from midnight Wed 25/3/20;


Amusement parks and arcades
Indoor and outdoor play centres
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlors
Community and recreation centres, health clubs,
fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres, boot camps
Social sporting-based activities (e.g a social game of footy with a group of friends)
swimming pools
Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, nonessential council facilities, community facilities such as halls and PCYCs
Auction houses, gathering in auction rooms, real estate open homes


The following can happen but with RESTRICTIONS;


Weddings can go ahead with no more than five people (i.e. the celebrant, 2 people being married and 2 witnesses)
Funerals can go ahead with no more than 10 people. Both these are also subject to the social distancing rules

Personal training is limited to a maximum of 10 people
Hairdressers/barbers can open but with the social distance rules 

Food courts in shopping centres will no longer be able to continue as sit-down venues, though takeaway can continue

Most outdoor and indoor markets ,except food markets - however this will be explained by in individual states and territories as they have different rules about what constitutes different types of markets


This is all in addition to the measures already announced on Sunday that came into effect from Mon 23/3/20.


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NSW Govt - about Schools - 23/3/20

NSW Schools will remain open, but NSW Premier is encouraging parents to keep children at home where possible.

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Mid-Western Regional Council - from 23/3/20


In light of further COVID-19 health orders issued by state and federal governments overnight, Council will close all public pools from midday today, Monday 23 March.

Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos pools will now be closed to the public until the Summer Swimming Season resumes in September, provided Council is given the all clear to do so.

The Gulgong Gold Experience has also been closed in light of Federal Government health orders to cease operations of all non-essential services.

Council’s General Manager Brad Cam said Council is responding to all health directives in order to protect the community.

“We’re following all instructions from state and federal health authorities and we hope residents understand that as the situation continues to evolve so too will Council services,” Mr Cam said.

“As we have mentioned before, Council will continue to provide essential information about any change in services and facility operation to the community as soon as possible.”

On Friday, Council closed Mudgee Library, Mudgee Town Hall Cinema April movie screenings, and all venues for hire, including community halls and sporting grounds.

Council’s Seniors Week activities have been cancelled as well as Healthy Communities Activities and Youth Week activities at Mudgee Library.

All public parks and playgrounds remain open at this stage, however with the evolving health guidelines in relation to COVID-19 this may change.

As the situation evolves, Council will continue to provide updates via its website and social media. For all health advice in relation to COVID-19 please visit NSW Health at www.health.nsw.gov.au or contact 1800 020 080
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Federal Government restrictions from 23/3/20 

These apply Australia wide and are in addition to all previously announced rules e.g. "Social Distancing"

The following facilities will be closed from midday local time 23 March 2020 until further notice:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
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Kanandah Update


Kanandah Retirement is very happy to report that we currently have no cases of flu or COVID-19, however due to the ever increasing threat to our residents health we have made the very hard decision to place the facility in preventative lockdown effective Sunday, 22nd March 2020 at midnight.

This will mean that there will be no visitors permitted to enter the building and residents will be asked to only leave the facility for essential appointments.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and appreciate the community’s support and understanding in these challenging times. We are working on providing a platform for families to have digital face to face interaction with their loved ones and will provide further information regarding this as it becomes available.

Kanandah will revert to allowing visitors back into the facility as soon as possible and will continue to ensure families and carers are kept well informed.

We have been liaising with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission regarding the measures taken to keep our residents and staff safe and have received very positive feedback from them.

The safety and health of our residents is our number one priority.

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Update from Dugald Saunders

On Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 had been on flights that had flown into and out of Dubbo Regional Airport on March 10.

The flights in question were the 6.45am service from Sydney to Dubbo, and the 1.20pm service from Dubbo to Sydney, meaning the person was in the region for a period of approximately five hours.

I have been in contact with senior management within the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) and work is being done to ensure contact is made with people who have come into contact with his particular person.

Once again, it is important to note that while testing is being undertaken, at the time of this release being distributed, there are no confirmed cases in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Mudgee or the surrounding villages that make up the Dubbo electorate.


PANIC BUYING
Panic buying has been a hot topic of conversation in recent times, and it is irresponsible at a time when we need to be working together to ensure there is enough food, medication and sanitary products for everyone.

As is the case with other forms of panic buying, whether it be food items of toilet paper and paper towels, panic buying is unnecessary and highly discouraged.


NEW RULES TO ALLOW 24/7 DELIVERIES
A terrific decision was made by the NSW Government on Friday, allowing supermarkets across the State to receive deliveries 24 hours a day to restock their shelves.

Collaboration between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes means the Government has moved to override local council rules that restrict some stores from restocking their shelves and operating their loading docks outside regular business hours.

The State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (COVID-19 Response) 2020 makes clear that truck deliveries are able to supply shops and retailers with essential goods at all times to support communities. The new rules apply immediately and will be kept in place until the crisis is over.

SOAP IN SCHOOLS
The NSW Government is aware that there is unprecedented demand for soap at schools, and the Department of Education has sourced additional supply.

I am informed that 3,000 cakes of soap are now being distributed to priority schools.

If a school is running low it needs to contact the Department of Education, and a hotline has been established for schools to contact the department should they or their suppliers be running low on soap and hygiene products (schools will have the hotline number).

The Department of Education will continue to be in regular contact with all principals to understand current levels of supplies of soap and hygiene products, but if you're concerned about a shortage of soap and hygiene products at your school, contact the principal or email school.supplies@det.nsw.edu.au

PREVENTION
Everyone needs to be vigilant when it comes to personal hygiene. This means cleaning hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

It also means covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow, avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms and practicing social distancing.

WHO SHOULD I SEE?
Hospitals are a last resort and should only be visited by people who have been overseas within the past 14 days, or those in direct contact with a confirmed case.

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, call your local GP or the Health Direct hotline (1800 022 222).

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Mudgee Junior Cricket


Mudgee Junior Cricket has cease the remainder of the season, effective immediately . This include the BLAST , Under 11’s, Under 13’s and Under 15’s competitions.

It was difficult decision to make but the committee felt the need to follow the advice from our governing body, Cricket Australia.

Mudgee Junior Cricket would like to thank all the player, families and volunteers for a great season.

For further updates, please check out the Mudgee District Junior Cricket Associations Facebook page

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SSAA Mudgee Update


SSAA Mudgee and District Branch Inc. regret to inform you that

due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns, the Executive Committee have decided to take this unprecedented measure and suspend all SSAA shooting activities at the WRSC until further notice.


The committee regrets any inconvenience incurred during this period.



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Catholic Diocese of Bathurst Information Network Update

A statement has been released by Bishop of Bathurst, Michael McKenna stating the celebration of all public Masses in the Diocese of Bathurst will cease from  Saturday 21st March 2020. Churches will remain open every day for private prayer.

Priests will continue to be available for the other sacraments, especially the Anointing of the Sick and Penance as needed.

Read the Bishop's statement HERE

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Mid Western Regional Council Update


Mid-Western Regional Council is implementing all necessary measures in the prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of staff and the wider community.

Council is strictly following all advice from Federal and State health authorities, the lead agencies in response to the pandemic.

General Manager Brad Cam said Council is taking proactive measures within the workplace and community.

“Our primary focus is on the health and wellbeing of our staff and our community,” Council’s General Manager, Brad Cam said.

“In addition to internal measures being taken to stop the spread of the virus, Council has introduced hand sanitisers in all of its customer facing services such as customer service counters and libraries, as well as conducting routine cleaning of surfaces in these high traffic areas.

“Council’s Executive Team has met on the issue and is committed to managing business continuity during this time.”

As a result of the Federal Government’s public health order, preventing all non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, Mr Cam said a number of future events will be postponed.

“Some event organisers have advised of their intention to postpone major events that were due to occur in the region in coming months.

“Obviously, this will have direct impacts to our local economy, in particular our tourism industry. I encourage residents to buy locally wherever possible to help minimise the economic effects as best we can.”

As the situation is changing rapidly, health advice is developing and Council is urging all residents to visit www.health.gov.au for the latest updates on the outbreak as well as best practices in the prevention of infection.

“Authorities are emphasising the need for good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene, that means washing your hands with warm soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds regularly as well as keeping your distance from others when you are sick,” Mr Cam said.

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Mudgee Junior Rugby League

Mudgee JRL regrets to inform all players, parents and coaches that due to the growing Covid-19 Virus pandemic, all training and trial games that have been scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.

Further information will be provided when it’s provided NSW Rugby League


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CanCruise Cancelled


It is with great disappointment that Cudgegong Cruisers advises that Can Cruise 2020 has been cancelled, despite being under the recommended 500 people mark

Whilst there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in the Mid-Western Region there was still a potential risk so the Club has erred on the side of caution. 

If the current situation improves Cruisers and Can Assist are hopeful they might be able to run an event later in the year. 

The 11 events held so far have contributed over $120,000 to the local branch of Can Assist to support those undergoing cancer treatments. 

Cruisers are committed to continuing this work where all funds raised stay in the local community


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Relay for Life Cancelled.


Given the high risk to public health currently posed by COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel Mudgee & District Relay for Life. We appreciate all of the information and sentiments you have passed on from the community.


Nothing is more important to us than the health of our volunteers, staff and supporters – your safety must come first. After taking advice from leading health professionals and knowing that many who attend our events are in a higher risk group, we’re confident that this decision is in the best interests of everyone involved, as well as the wider NSW community.

We are so grateful for your continued support and understanding, and we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this decision may cause. Our local teams will work closely with our Relay for Life committee to identify the next steps for our event, and we appreciate your patience as we work through this. If you have any questions about your event, please contact us on (02) 6392 0800.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to follow the current NSW Government Health advice to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. If you or someone you know has cancer and are concerned, please call our 13 11 20 Information and Support line to speak to one of our trained health professionals.

Best wishes,

Cancer Council Western Communities Team

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Coles shopping changes

New Community Hour and changes to trading hours 

From Wednesday 18 March, Coles supermarkets will launch a dedicated “Community Hour” in all supermarkets to improve access to essential groceries for the elderly and disadvantaged, during this time of unprecedented demand. 

Coles supermarkets will temporarily change their trading hours to open 7am to 8pm on weekdays, with the first hour* of trade open exclusively to customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card^. Once this hour is complete, all other customers will be invited through the doors to complete their grocery shop. 

Supermarkets will also close no later than 8pm to give our team members the time and space to extensively clean our stores and replenish the shelves for customers the next day. 

Recruitment drive 

To help us continue to offer the best possible service to customers during this busy time, Coles is recruiting more than 5000 casual team members to work in supermarkets across Australia. This will allow us to serve more customers and replenish shelves faster, while offering employment opportunities for Australians working in other industries impacted by COVID-19. 

Casuals will have their inductions fast-tracked so we can boost the number of team members on the shop floor as quickly as possible. 

We are also seeking to hire more Customer Support Agents to drive our online delivery vans. 

To apply to join our team, visit: www.colescareers.com.au 

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2020 Mudgee Classic Cancelled

Yaffa Media and Bicycling Australia have announced that the 2020 Mudgee Classic has been postponed due to increasing threat posed by Global pandemic COVID-19.

After careful deliberation and discussions with official government bodies the decision has been made to postpone the popular Gran Fondo to protect the health and safety of all riders and spectators and to comply with strict legislation regarding large-scale events. 

The new scheduled date for the Mudgee Classic is May 2nd 2021. 

Bicycling Australia has advised that the current registration will automatically roll over to next years event. However, if you cannot make the event full refunds are available. 

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NSW RSL have cancelled all ANZAC DAY services.


President Update – 16 March 2020

Dear Members,

Following further discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format.

Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public. In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.

This is a recognition of the penalties linked to events over 500 people, and the potential exposure to RSL sub-Branches. This acknowledges the fact that most ANZAC Day events are open to all members of the community and therefore have the potential to attract crowds of over 500 people.

ANZAC Day as a marker of our respect and admiration for ANZACs past and present will still be observed. Exactly what form this will take will be different from previous years, but as custodians of commemoration, the RSL will still honour the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women. In these challenging times, we will remember them.

We will provide further updates on other ANZAC Day related activities including fundraising in the coming days.

Yours,

Ray James

Acting State President

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WOOLWORTHS ANNOUNCES DEDICATED ELDERLY SHOPPING HOUR

Monday 16th March 2020: Woolworths Supermarkets is introducing temporary measures across its stores to help support the shopping needs of the elderly and people with disability in the community.

From tomorrow (Tuesday 17th March) until at least Friday, Woolworths Supermarkets will be opening exclusively for the elderly and those with a disability to shop from 7am to 8am, where permitted*.

The move has been prompted by the unprecedented demand in supermarkets over the past week, which has seen many elderly and vulnerable people in the community missing out on vital items they may need when they shop.   

Woolworths Supermarkets will open to ​all customers from 8am. Access to the store prior to this time will require a relevant Government issued concession card*.

The revised opening hours are in place at this stage until this Friday (20th March), with Woolworths to review opening arrangements at that point.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said: "While we’ll continue to do our very best to restock our stores during this period of unprecedented demand, we know many of our elderly customers have been missing out on essential items when they shop.

"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before ​our stores officially open - helping them obtain the ​essential ​items they need most in a less crowded environment.

“We continue to encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time. Now - more than ever - we need to be kind to each other, especially to those most vulnerable.

"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the revised opening hours."

The move follows the announcement last week that Woolworths Supermarkets had begun working with Meals on Wheels in New South Wales, via their network of volunteers, to help deliver toilet paper directly to the elderly in the community.

*Full terms and conditions and any store that might be excluded will be available on the woolworths.com.au website later today (Monday 16th March).