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POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

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Darcy McFadden

POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR DARCY

MORE than 1000 outstanding Australians have been listed on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021, including several Northern Rivers residents.
The late Darcy Mcfadden, formerly of Goonellabah, was recognised for service to the community of Lismore.
Darcy was an amazing man who contributed more than 60 years of voluntary service to his community.
He was with the Lismore Apex Club for 14 years and when he was no longer able to be a part of Apex, he joined the Lismore Lions in 1972 and took on various positions, including president, until 2018 when he ‘retired’ at age 89.
Darcy helped establish the restaurant at House With No Steps at Alstonville, providing work for people with a disability.
He fought to protect the Lions Memorial Fountain outside Lismore City Hall and helped form the Lismore Heights Probus Club.
Darcy and his wife Teresa would act as chaperones for the North Coast Children’s Home, taking kids on trips to the beach and other outings.
Darcy and Teresa were married for 62 years and have four children.
Teresa said Darcy was very highly regarded by his local community and all who knew him.
“He has been involved in service to his community for more than 60 years,” she said.
“His children were members of the Lismore 3rd Group Scouts and he was president of Lismore 3rd Group Scouts.
“Throughout these 60 years he has worked tirelessly for his community, as a volunteer as well as contributing his many skills to organisations and groups whenever requested.
“There are many people who would be able to state that Darcy assisted them to gain employment in the local area, when they were young.”
Darcy was born in Coraki and lived at Woodburn with his nine brothers and sisters.
“Darcy had a genuine love for people and liked nothing more than to have a chat and get to know people,” Teresa said.
“Darcy was a genuine, very modest person with great integrity and the ultimate gentleman.
“He never sought accolades for himself.”
Other than his love for his family and community, Darcy had a passion for photography.
In 1947, at just 16, Darcy obtained a position at The Northern Star newspaper as an apprentice in processing and engraving in the photography department.
When it was necessary for some photography to occur and a shortage of staff, Darcy would be asked to go out and take photos occasionally.
He had a natural talent for photography, and he accepted the position of photographer at the paper when he was 18.
When he first started working, his hours were from 1pm to 10pm as the photographs had to be prepared and developed for the overnight printing.
He would travel all over the Northern Rivers to capture the news, from Ocean Shores to Mclean and west to Bonalbo.
He photographed the queen when she visited Lismore in 1954.
“He was the unofficial photographer for local police for many years,” Teresa said.
Darcy fulfilled the position of unofficial police photographer in the district as there was not a police photographer appointed to this area.
This involved some horrific murders, the Cowper and Clybucca bus crashes, many major fires, floods including the devastating major floods of 1954 and 1974 and car accidents.
A police officer arrived in Lismore to establish a scientific department for the police department, however, there was not the necessary photographic area set up.
Darcy organised for the police department to utilise the photographic department at the newspaper.
At the official opening of the Police Scientific Department, the officiating officer stated that Darcy had proved to him “the need to establish this facility”.
He handed in his resignation from the paper when he was 75. However, the editor requested that he continue to work, so Darcy accepted the position to work on special projects, which he did until her was 79.
Darcy passed away last year.
Other recipients:
Emeritus Professor Baden Offord, from Ocean Shores, is now an officer in the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity.
Scott Monaghan, from Mylneford, is now a Member of the Order for his significant service to indigenous health, and to medical research.
Carol Bonamy, from McLeans Ridges, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of the Lismore region.
The late Donald Phillip Ellison, formerly of Ballina, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to horticulture.
John Lee, from Bilambil Heights, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the community through social welfare organisations.
John McCaffrey, from Wollongbar, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to people with disability.
Kim Rhodes, from Tenterfield, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the community of Tenterfield.
Dominic Richards, from Cabarita Beach, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to architecture, and to the community.
Chris Hemsworth, from Byron Bay, has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his significant service to the performing arts, and to charitable organisations.

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Veteran nurse debunks claims Tweed Hospital is ‘Falling over in a screaming heap.’

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Veteran nurse debunks claims Tweed Hospital is ‘Falling over in a screaming heap.’

Veteran nurse debunks claims Tweed Hospital is ‘Falling over in a screaming heap.’

Speaking to The Northern Rivers Times on the condition of anonymity, an experienced nurse at Tweed Hospital has moved to counter some media claims the hospital is falling apart.

The nurse said the belief “Tweed Hospital has no Covid diagnosis equipment” is simply not true with Rapid Antigen Tests continuing this week for patients.  Hospital staff were also being tested at Tweed hospital.

“They still do ‘rapids’, definitely, and the results are back in half an hour,” the nurse said.

The nurse was concerned media hype did not tell the everyday story of life on hospital wards, which the nurse said were generally well-staffed and if quiet, saw some nurses redeployed to other wards.  The nurse said it was not unusual to have staff shortages anyway at this time of year or staff doing paid overtime.

“Hospital administration is still allowing people to go on annual leave, if it was in dire straits, why aren’t all the hierarchy back, they would be back if it was so bad.”

“A & E (Accident and Emergency) is certainly stretched with Covid admissions who should be staying home .. but it certainly isn’t falling apart.”

The nurse said managers and nurse unions have had ‘plenty of time’ to prepare for covid emergencies like now, including ensuring fit-testing of N95 or P2 respirators, mandatory for all frontline staff and an area lagging at Tweed Hospital.

“They could’ve planned better for this,” the nurse observed, “ .. it should’ve been done earlier.”

The experienced nurse was quick to add that negative commentary was not helpful for staff morale at a time like this.

“What we need to do is boost people up, encourage them to keep going, that we will get through this.  It’s all too easy to criticise,” the veteran nurse said.

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RENT RELIEF CONTINUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

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RENT RELIEF CONTINUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

RENT RELIEF CONTINUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Small businesses who are still doing it tough across the State will continue to benefit from rent relief until 13 January 2022, ensuring ongoing support for small businesses over the Christmas and New Year’s Period.
Treasurer Matt Kean said as the economic recovery continues, many small businesses are still not back at their pre-COVID turnover and rent is still one of their biggest fixed costs.

“Small business is the engine room of our economy and as we recover from the pandemic we need to make sure we leave no one behind and support impacted businesses as they continue to recover,” Mr Kean said.
“Continuing rent relief measures for impacted small businesses will provide a necessary buffer to allow businesses time to get back on their feet and begin to thrive again.”

The Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 rent relief provisions will continue for eligible businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million, a more targeted level of support from the previous turnover threshold of $50 million.
Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said landlords will still be required to negotiate rent relief with eligible commercial and retail tenants that are experiencing a turnover decline of 30 per cent or more.

“Lockdown may be over but there are still small businesses, particularly in our CBDs, that are facing a slower recovery and are continuing to do it tough,” Mr Tudehope said.

“As the State continues to transition out of lockdown, 97 per cent of NSW businesses will retain access to COVID-19 rent relief provisions if they continue to experience a significant decline in turnover.”

Small commercial and retail tenants that would have continued to meet the eligibility criteria for JobSaver or the Micro-business Grant, after ending on 30 November, will remain eligible for rent relief negotiations with their landlords.
Under the Regulation, landlords are required to negotiate rent relief having regard to National Cabinet’s Code of Conduct. As a starting point, rent relief should be proportionate with eligible tenant’s decline in turnover, with at least 50 per cent in the form a waiver, and the balance a deferral.
Landlords can access the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund, which currently provides small commercial or retail landlords with a monthly grant up to the value of any rental relief provided, to a maximum of $3,000 per month per property.
Alternatively, land tax relief is available for eligible commercial landowners who have reduced their tenants’ rent due to COVID-19, between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021. The reduction in land tax payable is the lesser of:

  • the amount of rent reduction provided to an eligible tenant for any period between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021, or
  • 100 per cent of the land tax attributable to the parcel of land leased to that tenant.

For more information on rent relief visit: Commercial leases https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/get-help/covid-19/commercial-leases-and-covid-19-faqs
For more information on COVID-19 assistance for commercial and residential landlords visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses/covid-19-assistance-commercial-and-residential-landlords

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Pharmacists ready with Moderna boosters but services must be sustainable

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Pharmacists ready with Moderna boosters but services must be sustainable

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) welcomes the announcement that Moderna’s SPIKEVAX vaccine has been provisionally approved as a booster dose for Australians aged 18 years and above.

Yesterday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed that a second vaccine will be available for the National Booster Program.

PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, acknowledged further enablement of the pharmacist workforce.

“With the National Booster Program well underway, this move is timely – one that provides Australians with greater vaccine choice in the lead up to early 2022 when the majority of the population becomes eligible for their booster dose.

“This announcement, coupled with Monday’s provisional approval of Pfizer for Australians aged 5-11 years, marks a week of significant progress in the pandemic response and PSA commends the Government’s approach to making these decisions.

“This development now means that the potential number of pharmacists offering booster vaccinations across Australia has more than doubled, accounting for those already participating in the Moderna program.

“However, it is imperative that pharmacists are paid fairly, and at least equally to other providers, otherwise the provision of this critical service is not sustainable. With 2.3 million children becoming eligible for vaccination, extra consultation time will be required to undertake appropriate assessment and consenting, placing further strain on service sustainability.

“Pharmacists have already administered over 2.5 million vaccinations to Australians, and as mass vaccination hubs continue to downscale their operations over the coming months, pharmacists will become an even more critical part of the vaccination strategy,” he said.

PSA is dedicated to supporting Australian pharmacist immunisers through the National Booster Program and will continue to work closely with the TGA and ATAGI to ensure pharmacists are equipped with the most up-to-date advice regarding vaccine safety and effectiveness.

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