5 August 2020

It has been another busy week in our Shire and the growing uncertainty around the situation in Victoria increases. I want you all to know I am working hard to ensure our community is safe and I ask you all to continue the good work of remaining socially distanced when out and about and if unwell stay home and get tested. This week a COVID-19 testing centre has opened in Forbes.

We have partnered with Western NSW PHN to provide a COVID-19 testing clinic 3 days a week in Hill Street at the back of JREC. This testing clinic operates on a referral system so you will need to contact your GP to arrange a referral before heading down to the testing clinic. This service will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 1pm. It will be a free service and at the moment we have been told it will be running until the end of September but it may go on longer depending on the ever-changing situation. Even the mildest of symptoms can be associated with the disease so please get tested.

Masked Mayor

NSW Health are recommending wearing a mask when out in public. I have been wearing one and it is uncomfortable but I do believe it is necessary so I will keep wearing it. There has been talk in the media about masks being compulsory at the Central West Livestock Exchange. We have not made it compulsory to wear masks but safety at this site is absolutely key. This means responsibility is being taken at all levels and one of our buyers, Fletchers are insisting their staff wear a mask on sale day. We continue to ask people to remain away from the yards if they are not required to be there and if unwell not to come to the yards at all. This facility is essential and we need to ensure it can remain open and business can take place as usual.

I would like to let you all know the Daroobalgie Tip is moving to a cashless facility in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know cash has the potential to carry germs quite easily. This will come into effect from 1 September. Visa and Mastercard will be accepted as well as EFTPOS. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our staff and our residents. It really is important we change the way we do things to ensure everyone’s safety.

Last but not least we have been celebrating Local Government Week this week. It gives us the opportunity to highlight all the wonderful things Council does in the community. It is often thought Council only deals with roads, rates and rubbish but we do so much more than that! The last 12 months has been one of the toughest years to date with droughts, fires and now the pandemic. They all effect our community and it is Councils job to ensure we get through it as best as we can, both personally and economically. We don’t want to blow our own trumpet but we do want to share the ways in which we help our community, share the services we provide and how we would like our community to grow and prosper.

God Bless.