Autumn Colouring In Competition: Congratulations to the four winners! Layla Mulligan, Zahli Gillingham, Heidi Jones and Lacie Turner.
Restricted Visits To Resume: The Western NSW Local Health District announced that residents in its 25 Multipurpose Service (MPS) facilities will be able to have care and support visits from their close contacts, with some COVID-19 measures remaining in place. From 1 May all visitors to aged care residents will have to show that they have received a 2020 influenza vaccine showing a statement from their doctor, their Medicare immunisation record or they could use the Express Plus Medicare app. Residents will be able to determine who comes to see them, but there can be no more than two visitors per resident during a day. Children are still not able to visit. Visitors will also be subjected to temperature checks, and a short COVID-19 assessment questionnaire.
Fuel Prices Must Come Down: Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is calling on local fuel retailers to do the right thing and pass on savings from plummeting world oil prices to consumers. Australian wholesale and retail prices are not regulated by the Government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has no power to set prices. NSW motorists can use the FuelCheck website and app to identify sites with relatively competitive prices to support them.
Vaccinate To Prevent Childhood Illness: NSW Health is reminding parents and carers that the best way to protect their child from serious preventable diseases is to vaccinate them on time according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule. If a child has a runny nose or slight cold, they can still get vaccinated. Delaying vaccinations can leave children exposed to serious illnesses at a time when they’re most vulnerable. All children aged six months to less than five years are also recommended to have their free annual influenza vaccination, which has been available from mid- April. Parents and carers can download the Save the Date to Vaccinate app, which gives timely reminders of childhood vaccinations. For more information, visit: www.health.nsw.gov.au/vaccinate
Blood Donations ‘Essential’: Donate now. Blood donors are needed now more than ever with 800 cancellations per day nationally and blood products shortages are potentially going to be a reality. Make an appointment online or call 13 14 95.
Ring Them Bells: Every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm the church bells in Parkes are ringing to call the community to prayer time. People are also encouraged to light a candle in their window.