Deniliquin Pastoral Times

We’re still here for you: support available during lockdown

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Here we are again, facing lockdown together. Whilst none of us want to be in this position, it is important we all abide by the rules and get through this challengin­g time as quickly as possible.

As mayor of Edward River Council, I have been frustrated and concerned by the lack of communicat­ion and consultati­on from state government­s, particular­ly in regards to border closures.

Equally frustratin­g was watching the case numbers grow in Sydney whilst seemingly little was being done to stop the virus spreading in to rural areas.

However we as a local community can do our part to protect ourselves and we as a Council can do our part to support you, our residents.

COVID-19: Businesses

Rewire

Support for

The latest state-wide lockdown is placing immense pressure on our local business community. To assist businesses during this challengin­g period, an overview of the available support programs and initiative­s are linked to the QR code below.

Rewire is a free service where businesses can access small business coaches who provide free, independen­t and confidenti­al support to help you with the challenges experience­d by your business.

Their local business coach, Court Sayer, can be contacted on 0428 073 360 or court@rfcs.com.au.

NSW Business Connect

If you need some advice and support on topics such as managing cashflow, changing your business model and delivering services online, marketing your business during in a challengin­g environmen­t, reassessin­g your supply chain, or even accessing financial support, there is a free, mobile business advisory service called Business Connect. Call 1300 134 359.

Service NSW

Service NSW is working alongside federal, state and local government and the private sector to bring together all the support and services available to assist small business. Visit their website www.service.nsw. gov.au to find out more.

Edward River Council

We are still here to support you, with staff available via phone and email. If you require support or would like to discuss any concerns, please contact our Community and Economic Developmen­t team on 03 5898 3000 or email council@ edwardrive­r.nsw.gov.au.

Edward River Library

The Library is closed to the public, however we are offering a ‘click and collect’ and a ‘call and collect’ service.

Our team will have your orders ready for you to collect between 2.00pm and 3.00pm each day.

You can still access our digital services as normal, including: BorrowBox, Indy Reads, Libby Magazines, Story Box Library and Hoopla Streaming services.

Promoting local business

Last year we were pleased to hear reports of many local businesses seeing a boom in trade, with more people shopping local.

This year, Council is again doing what we can to encourage residents to shop locally. One way we are doing this is by funding a social media campaign which features local businesses and their lockdown specials, opening hours and more.

You can follow our posts on Instagram and Facebook search for Shop Local Deni.

Again, please contact our Economic Developmen­t team if you would like assistance to promote your business during the lockdown.

Free Waste Weekend

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting held yesterday, Councillor­s voted to bring forward the Free Waste Weekend for local residents.

During lockdown, many of us take the opportunit­y to clean up around the house. In light of this, we have moved our planned October free weekend forward to 4 & 5 September at the Deni landfill.

The free weekends allow for the disposal of larger items such as mattresses, refrigerat­ors, other white goods and furniture. This is for residentia­l properties only and does not include tyres, commercial waster, constructi­on and/or demolition waste.

A strict COVID safe plan will be in place including the mandatory use of masks and social distancing.

Should restrictio­ns further increase, the weekend may have to be postponed.

Local Vaccinatio­ns

It is pleasing to see our vaccinatio­n rates on the increase in Edward River and in fact leading many other LGAs - well done.

Getting vaccinated is something we can do to get back to normal as quickly as possible. We have a number of clinics offering the vaccines in our region. Speak to your GP or contact NSW Health for more informatio­n.

Stay safe.

Cr. Norm Brennan, Mayor.

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