Tip Times During Lockdown: Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM has expressed her gratitude for the patience of Forbes residents while the Forbes Landfills have been closed this week to residential rubbish disposal. The details of the opening hours and special conditions can be found on the Forbes Shire Council website at – www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/news/august-2021/tip-times-during-covid-lockdown
Permits For Travel To Regional NSW: A permit system for some travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW has taken effect from 12.01am on Saturday 21 August. Permit applications will be made available on the Service NSW website. Due to ongoing concerns about community transmission in some regional areas, stay-at-home orders in place for regional NSW have been extended until 12.01am on 28 August 2021, in line with orders for the Greater Sydney area. Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. NSW Health urges people to continue to be tested immediately with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms. There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.
To find your nearest testing clinic, visit the NSW Government website: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics.
Donato: Survey Says We’re Still Second-Class Citizens: Member for Orange Philip Donato MP yesterday shared survey results which, disappointingly, indicate that frontline workers and vulnerable people from country NSW are exposed while waiting for the call to have their COVID-19 vaccinations rescheduled.
“Following the foolish decision by the Premier and her Deputy to redirect Pfizer vaccines from regional NSW to the city, I received a flood of messages from country folk whose scheduled COVID-19 vaccination had been cancelled,” Mr Donato said.
“Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro’s decision to redirect Regional NSW’s much-needed vaccines to Sydney for year 12 school students, knowing that many vulnerable people and frontline health workers were still waiting to be vaccinated – was entirely reckless.”
“To get a more accurate snapshot of the vaccination interruptions caused, I recently launched a survey,” he said. “I thank the hundreds of respondents for participating. The results support the feedback I was receiving but are very troubling to me”. The survey shows nearly 80% of respondents had their scheduled vaccination cancelled.