Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID COMMUNITY UPDATE

From 11 October 2021 there is a number of Council services that require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all those aged 16 and above on the premises, under the NSW Government’s Public Health Order. There may be medical exemptions to this, which also requires evidence. Entry to affected Council services will not be permitted without evidence of vaccination or exemption.
These services include:
ℹī¸ Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre
🏊‍♂ī¸ Swimming pools

Evidence of vaccination that can be used:
✅ COVID-19 digital certificate which shows proof of only your COVID-19 vaccinations and can be added to a smartphone or digital wallet
✅ Immunisation history statement which lists all vaccinations, including for COVID-19

Please remember that a number of our local businesses will also be required to sight evidence of vaccination upon entry and we ask that you support these businesses, and our services, as NSW moves through the Roadmap to Recovery. Click here to see the full roadmap to recovery

 

We are COVID Safe

 
 

HELP US STAY COVID SAFE
Warrumbungle Shire Council venues are now regiatered as COVIDSafe. Providing your name and contact number ensures NSW Health can contact you quickly and easily, if necessary.

If you get COVID-19, fewer people will have to self-isolate as a result of having attended the same venue as you.

Electronic check-in
Checking in and leaving your contact details using an electronic system is now mandatory at some types of businesses and events in NSW. It is not mandatory at retail stores and grocers.

QR codes
Electronic systems include things like QR codes, but if you don't have a smartphone the business should also be able to take your details another way, such as recording them on a computer or tablet device.

Protecting your privacy
Businesses are required to take your details only for the use of contact tracing for COVID-19 infections. If the business is going to use your details for marketing purposes (such as sending you emails) they must inform you clearly and obtain your consent.

Click here for more information on the Service NSW QR Codes. 

Quick reference guide for COVID self-isolation and testing:  NSW Government has produced a useful resource demonstrating when you should self-isolate and get tested for COVID. Click here for more information. 

COVID SUPPORT AVAILABLE:

Mental Health Support – Lifeline has created this helpful toolkit that includes tips for mental health while working from home. Beyond Blue has created a Beyond Now program that focuses on suicide safety planning.

Free Community Counselling – Lifeline is offering free video counselling sessions for anyone who has been affected by the lockdowns and restrictions. No referral is required and it will continue through the end of the current financial year. Find out more here

COVID-19 Support for Businesses and Individuals – This spreadsheet details the support offerings that are currently available and how to access them. This website details the current support offerings for affected businesses. 

COVID-19 Business Support Webinar – Keep an eye on this website, as the recordings of the webinars held on 5, 6, and 11 August will be uploaded here soon. Information will also be provided on how to apply for financial grants including the 2021 COVID-19 business grant, JobSaver payment and COVID-19 micro-business grant.

$3.5 Million Boost with 20 New Advisors to Help Businesses – These additional funds have been allocated to Business Connect to meet the demand from small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Small businesses will have additional support from business advisory service Business Connect with 20 new advisors providing free advice and a range of new resources, as the NSW Government ramps up its support for COVID-19 impacted businesses. 

For more information on the support measures for businesses visit NSW.gov.au and for more on Business Connect visit www.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect

COVID-19 Check In System Improved – Customers without a smartphone will soon be able to register for a COVID-19 check-in card to present for scanning at supermarkets and other essential retail businesses as a faster and safer way to complete the self-service webform or paper sign-in. Customers will be able to register for their card via the Service NSW website or by calling 13 77 88. 

Land Tax Relief to Help Landowners and Tenants Affected by COVID-19 Restrictions – Applications are open for eligible commercial and residential landowners who provide rental reductions to tenants in financial distress due to COVID-19 to claim land tax relief or a tenancy support payment through the NSW Government. For information and to apply for land tax relief go to Service NSW, and residential tenancy claimants should visit the residential tenancy support payment page


 

COVID-19 RESTRICTION CHECKER

If you can’t keep up with the ever-changing restrictions for your business, or travel restrictions in each state or territory? Check out COVID-19 Restriction Checker website!
This is up to date information on COVID-19 restrictions filtered by activity as well as State or Territory. Click here to check it out!


SUPPORT SERVICES

Ratepayers or debtors suffering financial hardship or require legal support, may find the following organisations of assistance;

  • ASIC’s Moneysmart
  • www.moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/managing-debts
  • Legal Aid NSW
    www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/fina-a-service
    Telephone: (02) 6885 4233
  • Community Legal Centres NSW
    www.clcnsw.org.au/find-legal-help
    Telephone: 1300 888 529
  • Centrelink
    www.centrelink.gov.au
    Telephone: 13 63 57
  • The Salvation Army
    www.salvos.org.au
    Telephone: 1300 371 288 or 02 6881 8280
  • Lifeline Central West
    www.lifelinecentralwest.org.au
    Telephone: 1300 798 258
  • National Debt Hotline operated by Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
    www.fcan.com.au
    Telephone: 1800 007 007
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Central Region
    www.rfcs-cw.com.au
    Telephone: 1800 940 404


WHAT CAN AND CAN'T WE DO UNDER THE NEW RULES?

It's important that we;
    •follow the rules about visiting other households, self-isolation and quarantine
    •practise good hand hygiene and physical distancing
    •take extra care if you're around vulnerable people
    •get tested if you have any symptoms and stay home while you are waiting for test results.

For more information about these changes visit the NSW Government Website

As our community becomes more active and gets back to business, it's important that we

• follow the rules about gatherings, self-isolation and quarantine
• maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others
• practise good hand hygiene
• stay active and healthy
• take extra care if you're around vulnerable people
• get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are only mild
• follow NSW Health advice about staying home while you are waiting for test results.

Click here to view updated information on the NSW Government Website

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