BREAKING NEWS: The Parkes Show is cancelled for 2020! The Parkes P A &H Association decided this week due to the uncertainty around the rules and regulations of the Covid-19 issue, the 2020 Parkes Show to be held Monday,31st August to Wednesday 2nd September has been cancelled. Read more about this in next week’s issue.
Sporting Facilites & Community Meeting Spaces: Council managed sporting clubhouses and community meeting spaces re-opened to the public last Saturday. The use of these facilities is conditional upon the NSW Health Orders and all surfaces would need to be wiped down with disinfectant after use, including tables, chairs and kitchen facilities. This is in addition to Council’s regular cleaning program. Sporting groups will be permitted to use club rooms for meetings and sporting related gatherings, while the fields and ovals will be open for training groups of up to 20 people with hygiene and physical distancing rules being followed. Junior and senior sporting competitions will be permitted from 1st July. Toilets and changerooms will remain closed. The Rose Street Community Centre will also re-open with 30 people allowed in total in the entire area; 22 people in the main area and eight people in the meeting room. Existing user groups are required to advise Council when they intend to commence using the facility.
It’s the text you want to receive: Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), Health Protection Manager, Priscilla Stanley, has encouraged anyone having a test for COVID-19 to ask whether they are able to receive negative test results by text message. “Everyone who has a test is asked to isolate until they receive their results. The messaging service is easy to register for, and means you get negative results quickly and go back to your usual activities. If people have a positive result, they are contacted by a public healthcare worker who will provide information on what happens next. It’s a really helpful service, with many people getting their negative results back within 24 hours. If you’re in doubt, speak to your doctor or call our Western LHD’s Public Health helpline on 1300 066 055.”
Funding For Parkes Regional Airport: Parkes Regional Airport will receive almost $30,000 under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program to upgrade the airstrips to meet CASA requirements. “Parkes Regional Airport is a vital link to the Central West, including for the surrounding communities of Bogan Gate, Forbes, Peak Hill and Trundle,” said Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. “This funding will go towards upgrading the gables and windsocks on the airstrips which the airport needs to do to meet CASA regulations.”