Free Flu Shots Extended To 17th July: There is still time to get your free flu shots available to all NSW residents until 17th July. According to Health Minister Brad Hazzard only one in four children aged under five had a flu shot, while the figures are even lower for kids aged five to 15. He urged families to use the school holidays to book in for a free flu shot. The low uptake in the Central West has been of concern to health authorities.
NSW Seniors Festival Grants: Local councils, not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply for grant funding to host events and activities as part of the 65th annual NSW Seniors Festival. Grants up to $10,000 are available to ensure older people remain active and connected within their communities no matter where they live, the language they speak and irrespective of their abilities. The Seniors Festival will run from 1 to 12 February 2023. Applications for grants are open to 1st August. To apply and for more information about the grants, visit www.nsw.gov.au/seniors-festival
Stop It And Swap It This Plastic Free July: To mark the beginning of Plastic Free July, the NSW Government is partnering with 17 organisations to help communities stop using single-use plastic. NSW EPA and the Great Plastic Rescue will support businesses with excess lightweight single-use plastic bags by offering a service for collection and reprocessing of that stock. OzGreen and Green Music Australia will work with music festivals and food vendors to introduce more sustainable ways of doing business, and education campaigns will be launched through Girl Guides and Men’s Sheds across the state. From 1 June, lightweight single-use plastic bags were banned in NSW. From November, the NSW Government is banning additional single-use items, including plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls and cotton buds, expanded polystyrene food ware and cups, and rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads. Single-use plastic items and packaging make up 60% of all litter in NSW. The ban will prevent almost 2.7 billion items of plastic litter from entering the environment in NSW over the next 20 years. For more information about the NSW plastics ban, visit http://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-ban For ideas on how to stop it and swap it this Plastic Free July, visit www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/our-work/environment-heritage/plastics-action-plan/stop-it-swap-it