Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A tough week for a strong community

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Tragically this week we learned of our first Covid death.

Whilst our informatio­n is the resident is actually from Murray River Shire, the victim had strong links to Deniliquin including family and friends and I would like to express my sincere condolence­s to them.

Pleasingly, the spread of Covid in our LGA has, so far, been contained to close contacts of the first case.

I want to thank our community for coming out in droves to get tested and a particular thanks to the staff at Deni Hospital who are working under extraordin­ary pressure.

We have lost staff at the hospital due to some members refusing to be vaccinated.

That personal decision, along with the need for some staff to isolate has resulted in our hospital staff working longer shifts and calling in help from other areas to fill workforce gaps.

My message is we are one community and we need to look after each other.

For me it is no longer a personal choice to get vaccinated - it’s our duty as citizens to protect others.

The NSW Government has mandated that all workers need to be vaccinated to return to work on Monday 11 October.

Council is also required to ensure visitors to our library and other Council assets show proof of their vaccinatio­n status.

I am asking the public to respect our staff and comply with the NSW Government order. Our staff will be following the order and requiremen­ts and I ask the community to appreciate our staff is just doing their job.

We all need to work together and with our published vaccinatio­n rates amongst the lowest in the state numbers we are still working to clarify - we need to be prepared for more cases in Edward River.

Once the state hits 80%, visitors from all over NSW will return to Edward River - and they won’t have to be vaccinated.

It is critical we are to protect ourselves, especially our most vulnerable.

Please, if you haven’t been vaccinated, do so this weekend. There is a pop-up clinic operating tomorrow (Saturday) and no appointmen­ts are required.

You can also make an appointmen­t with your GP or local pharmacy. Both pharmacies in Deniliquin now have the Moderna vaccine safe for children over 12.

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In better news, I’m pleased to report many of our capital works projects are continuing and catching up on delays caused by our temporary exclusion from the border bubble.

The Town Hall and Estates buildings are once again buzzing with activity and the new footpath and fence on the Napier Street end of Waring Gardens is now complete.

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Our local government election is also back on track - set for Saturday 04 December.

Being a councillor has been one of the most rewarding experience­s of my life I would like to strongly encourage any local resident to consider nominating.

We would particular­ly encourage residents from our rural areas to nominate - those from Pretty Pine, Booroorban, Wanganella, Blighty, Mayrung, Conargo and beyond.

Deniliquin Council no longer exists. Edward River

Council represents farming families, agricultur­al workers as well as our town residents.

We cover over 8,800 square kilometres and it is important each kilometre is represente­d.

I’d also like to encourage younger residents, women, First Nations and other minority groups to encourage colleagues to nominate.

Stay safe.

Cr. Norm Brennan.

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