$1.2 Million For Infrastructure: Parkes Shire Council will receive an extra $1,281,760 under an extension of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program as part of the 2020 Budget, bringing the total funding to more than $2.6 million. “Local councils understand the immediate needs in their communities which is why this money is so important to support local jobs and local businesses in Parkes and the wider region,” said member for Riverina Michael McCormack.
2020 Vision: Eye checks for children at the age of four years are essential for the early identification and treatment of vision problems and to reduce the likelihood of permanent vision loss. NSW was first to implement universal screening for preschoolers – the Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS) program. Western NSW LHD StEPS Coordinator Sandy Ford said early screening led to optimal vision. “It is critical that this screening is provided to four-year- olds before they start school.” Free screening is available to all four-year-old children. StEPS screeners visit preschools and long day care centres, and children who do not attend centres or are in home care can also access the free service. Find out how by visiting https://wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/paediatric-services. Families can also ask their GP to test their child’s vision or refer their child to an eye health professional.
Culture Maps Central NSW: An exciting new resource was recently launched by Arts OutWest, in partnership with RDA Central West and the Central NSW Joint Organisation of Councils. As an interactive online map, the culture maps feature 400 pinned places, including museums, galleries and artist studios, heritage sites and trails, places to shop for handmade things, Aboriginal cultural places and experiences, and for the first time – a comprehensive regional map of public art. The maps are themed so you can search by category or location within the Central NSW region that includes the Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin Local Government Areas.
COVID-19 Testing: Book a COVID-19 test if you have, or recently had: fever, short- ness of breath, sore throat, and cough. Contact the Parkes COVID-19 testing clinic by calling 6861 2455 between 7:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. For any concerns outside these hours call Healthdirect 1800 022 222, Western Public Health Helpline 1300 066 055 or Emergencies 000.