Health Of Knowledge: Passionate mental health advocate and Member for Orange, Philip Donato MP, unveiled a comprehensive mental health directory this week. It will be mailed to each household across the electorate in the coming weeks. “On top of drought, flood, bushfire and mouse plague, COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on mental health in our community.” Phil compiled a comprehensive directory of the various service providers, charitable organisations, not-for-profits and community groups in a convenient booklet. It has been specifically developed for the residents of the Orange electorate to erase some of the confusion by providing a map in their hands to better navigate the many pathways to access appropriate mental health services and support.
Native Sportfish Season Re-Opens: The Australian Bass and Estuary Perch season opens on Wednesday, 1st September. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the annual four-month fishing closure from May to August had been in place in all NSW rivers and estuaries to protect these species when they form schools and migrate over late autumn and early winter to trigger spawning. A total bag limit of two Australian Bass or Estuary Perch per person or a combination of both species with a possession limit of four is in place. When fishing in rivers, only one fish is permitted to be over 35cm in length. Fisheries officers will monitor compliance to protect the health of sport fishery. Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found on the NSW DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. For the latest COVID-19 rules and restrictions, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
Free Training During Lockdown: The NSW Government has announced an additional 3,000 training places for people across NSW to skill up at home during lockdown. An extra 60 short courses are now on offer to study for free including business skills, mental health, marketing, finance and IT skillsets. The courses are an expansion of the 10 free skillsets recently announced by TAFE NSW. The free courses are available to anyone across the State who is unable to work due to public health orders. Training will be funded through the JobTrainer program, which has already seen more than 120,000 people in NSW skill up since it was announced in October last year. For more information and to see full eligibility, visit: https://bit.ly/37DYSvq