Temperature Screening: The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has implemented screening and temperature testing for all people coming into health services, including the Parkes Hospital, as part of the state wide response to COVID-19. Thermal thermometers will be used requiring no contact. The testing will apply to all visitors, staff and contractors. People will also be asked some screening questions. For more information on COVID-19 follow the WNSWLHD on Facebook, contact the Public Health Helpline on 1300 066 055 or contact healthdirect online or on 1800 022 222.
Food Security Not In Question: The latest report by Australia’s Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) has confirmed Australia has one of the most secure food supplies in the world and is not at risk because of COVID-19. Australia ranks in the top 10% of countries under the Global Food Security Index defined by the World Food Summit. The index measures 34 criteria covering affordability, availability, quality and safety.
If Your Purchase Is Taking A While: Australia Post has informed customers that due to reductions in air freight capacity, there may be delays on the letters and parcels network, particularly to regional and rural communities. Delays will mean: Priority Mail services may be suspended; The delivery time for Perth and Brisbane may increase by up to five days, North Queensland up to seven days, and Tasmania by three days; and the Next Day Express Post Services into regional and rural communities may not be able to be maintained. “Our people continue to work tirelessly under difficult circumstances, so we’re asking everyone to be kind and treat our dedicated people with the courtesy and respect they deserve – whether it be in a call centre, Post Office or dropping your delivery off.”
Micro Grants To Arts: Arts OutWest is offering micro-grants of $300 to $1000 to assist individuals and organisations during the COVID-19 crisis. The first round of applications close on 30th April. To be eligible you can be an individual, organisation or arts-based business but must be based in the Arts OutWest region; your request must be arts related and related to recent hardship through the effects of COVID-19 on your arts practice; and the request must offer a way of improving the negative effects of COVID-19. To apply download the application form from the artsoutwest.org. au website or contact Arts OutWest for a copy on 0418 618 688 / firstname.lastname@example.org