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DOUBLING DOWN ON DINE & DISCOVER

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DOUBLING DOWN ON DINE & DISCOVER

DOUBLING DOWN ON DINE & DISCOVER

Customers will have more reasons to celebrate catching up with friends and family
this summer with two additional Dine & Discover vouchers up for grabs for NSW
residents.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the expanded program will support residents across
the State and encourage economic activity as part of the government’s economic
recovery strategy.

“From Byron to Bega and Bellingen to Broken Hill, this is about supporting people to
get out and have a meal or spend the day discovering their city while supporting
businesses across NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the additional $250 million investment by the NSW
Government would help businesses recover from months of restrictions and
encourage people to enjoy what they love most.

“We experienced the success of the Dine & Discover program when we reopened last
time, which is why we are doubling down efforts with an additional two $25 vouchers
– one for Dine and one for Discover venues,” Mr Kean said.

“We are backing our businesses and helping hip pockets by expanding the program,
in addition to extending existing vouchers until the end of June 2022.”
Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the vouchers would
again, be delivered via the ServiceNSW app.

“You’ll find them in your ServiceNSW app in time for Summer or you can contact
ServiceNSW and they can send them to you,” Mr Dominello said.

“To date, almost 4.8 million people have taken advantage of the voucher program
since its launch in March, giving businesses a $430 million boost.”

NSW residents aged 18 years and over who are yet to apply will be able to do so until
the program ends and will receive all six $25 vouchers.

Participating businesses do not need to reapply. Those who want to join the program
are encouraged to register, download the scanner app and get ready to redeem.
More information will be made available in the coming weeks on the nsw.gov.au
website.

Northern Rivers Local News

Tweed Council goes online for Australia Day celebrations

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Tweed Council goes online for Australia Day celebrations

In the interests of public health, Tweed Shire Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations next Wednesday 26 January.
Originally planned for an in-person event at the Murwillumbah Auditorium, the event which included both the Tweed Australia Day Awards presentation and the Citizenship Ceremony, will now be held online to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

However, there is a silver lining to the decision, with both the awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony to be livestreamed and able to be enjoyed by family and friends in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“I know many people have been looking forward to our celebrations on 26 January in Murwillumbah but unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we have to put the community’s health first,” Troy Green, General Manager Tweed Shire Council said.

“This is still a day for all of us to ‘reflect, respect, and celebrate’ in a Covid-safe way and by joining us online, you can participate in acknowledging our outstanding Tweed Australia Day Award recipients and support our newest Australian citizens,” he added.

The online event will commence at 9am with the awards which recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals and groups in our community over the past year.

A highlight will be a video featuring the winning recipient in each of the 6 categories:
· Citizen of the Year
· Community Event of the Year
· Sport Achievement – Individual
· Volunteer Group of the Year
· Volunteer of the Year – Individual
· Young Achiever of the Year

Both the Tweed Australia Day Awards and the Citizenship Ceremony will be livestreamed. Check Council’s website prior to the Australia Day event or its Facebook page for details on the live link.

www.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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Kyogle News

New Mayor for Kyogle – Kylie Thomas

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New Mayor for Kyogle - Kylie Thomas

New Mayor for Kyogle – Kylie Thomas

By Lara Leahy

Kylie was successful in the peer election on Wednesday 5th January, 2022 and became the new Mayor of Kyogle. It was a surprise for the community, but Kylie has worked towards this position for some time. Kylie has been a councillor in Ward A since 2016 – elected from 7 people vying for a councillor position. She has put her hand up to become deputy mayor and mayor prior to this election. Successful in 2022, she takes her role seriously, “All councillors should be prepared to take on the role.”
Kylie’s first few weeks are being spent coordinating the new agendas and duties she is taking on, including the Joint Organisation and the Country Mayors Association. She is meeting with the newly elected deputy mayor, Tom Cooper to arrange her first steps with the councillors. The ideal for Kylie is to have the councillors working as a team to carry out their roles.
Providing regular outreach to the community, Kylie intends to have a meeting in each ward every 6 months to ensure that they have a voice that is heard. She is also planning to put time aside during every week when members of the public can come and discuss anything of importance with her directly.
Kylie recognizes the good works done by the upgrading of bridges in the area and wants to add to that legacy. She acknowledges the “amazing diversity of business in the Kyogle council region” and the importance of roads and connectivity to that community. If there are any immediate concerns with potholes or other road safety issues, Kylie recommends that you reach out to one of your local councillors. Their information is available online and on the back page of the Kyogle Council Newsletter.
“At any time, members of the community can write a letter, especially an email to council about any concerns”
Attention also needs to be directed to the rental housing shortage. Kylie spoke of the steady population rise “not as large as surrounding areas, but causing difficulties for people looking to get a foothold in the area.”
Kylie will have a presence on Facebook where she will keep people informed in a vlog style format, speaking directly to the camera. You can also expect to see her at public events, so introduce yourself…

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Covid hits supermarket shelves as the ‘RAT’ race continues

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Covid hits supermarket shelves as the ‘RAT’ race continues

Covid hits supermarket shelves as the ‘RAT’ race continues

By Margaret Dekker

The CEO of a major Australian supermarket has advised customers Covid-19 will impact supermarket shopping as we know it.
Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO wrote to shoppers the supermarket is ‘entering a very different phase of COVID’ due to the high levels of community transmission associated with ‘the Omicron hump.’

“When you’re shopping with us at the moment, you might unfortunately have noticed gaps on shelf, or substitutions in your online order. Unlike the surge buying of early 2020 (who could forget the toilet paper), this is because of the number of people in our supply chain in isolation – from suppliers to truck drivers and distribution centre team members – which in turn is causing material delays to store deliveries. To give you a sense of the magnitude of the challenge, we are experiencing COVID-driven absences of 20%+ in our distribution centres and 10%+ in our stores,

NSW is currently the most affected, although we are seeing impacts across the whole country, and it’s not yet clear how soon the system will come back into balance as we move through the Omicron wave.”
The Woolworths chief acknowledged the frustration shoppers would be experiencing, ‘when you can’t find the product you’re looking for’ and said the company was working hard,
“.. to get all products back on shelf as quickly as we can (including Rapid Antigen Tests.)”
“In the meantime, we have more than enough stock in the system and plenty more coming. We also have good supply within each ‘category’ of product (even if your favourite isn’t available, a good alternative hopefully should be), so it really helps if you can be flexible with the choices you make. We would of course also ask you to keep shopping as you normally would and to continue to show kindness to our teams,” Brad Banducci, Woolworths CEO, wrote to shoppers late last week.
The advice comes as Rapid Antigen Tests for in-home testing of Covid-19 continue to elude customers across the Northern Rivers.
A dedicated website to ‘Find a RAT’ was launched last week “helping you find those sneaky RATs” in retailers across the region, however the site failed to ‘get a bite’ anywhere in the region with no stock available in any major centres including Tweed Heads, Byron, Ballina, or Grafton according to the website (at the time of going to print.)
The ‘RAT race’ continues, as state and Federal Governments are still yet to announce the date Rapid Antigen Tests will become free and available, as promised, for countless Australians in growing need.

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