• PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has finally met with Mayor Khal Asfour to hear the community’s Covid concerns. “It was a long time coming and it was an open and frank conversation about the issues affecting hotspot LGAs,” Mayor Asfour said. “I raised a number of issues from pool closures, to business anger over check ins and curfews. I am grateful the Premier made time to listen to our issues and concerns. The Premier took copious notes, so let’s wait and see how she responds.”
• PADSTOW’s Henry Browning OAM writes: “I am 93 and was a patient in the Orthopaedic Ward from August 28 to September 6 and feel it would be remiss of me not to mention the wonderful caring work carried out by the dedicated nurses at Bankstown Hospital. There is a culture nurtured at this place to make patients feel at ease during this stressful period of Covid.”
• A HEAD to Health Pop Up service is now available for people struggling with mental health due to Covid-19 after South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) and six other Primary Health Networks in NSW, received a share of $10.6 million in funding from the Federal Government as part of its response to the pandemic. To access Head to Health, call 1800 595 212 to discuss needs or concerns.
• IN a month when flu cases are normally rising to a peak, no deaths have been reported anywhere in the country for the year to date. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the last Australian death officially attributed to influenza was recorded in July 2020. Mask wearing, staying at home and social distancing are providing dividends and not just when it comes to avoiding contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus.
• IN place of the annual Community Safety Expo, a range of online activities have been organised as part of a community safety campaign. You can watch live demos, get info about a variety of topics, and take part in online workshops. They include: Staying Healthy in CBCity, September 27, 10-10.45am; and Holding Space for Me (poor mental health impact and suicide prevention), September 29, 11am-12.30pm. Register at eventbrite.com.au.
• THERE are many elderly people who live alone and do not have family and friends nearby. Home Visiting Program participants can benefit from a regular phone call or visit from a friendly volunteer. This service is free for people over the age of 65 who live alone and are receiving a Home Care Package. Register by emailing email@example.com or call Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association on 9559 4013.
• CECAL is providing workshops for people who have been affected by gambling, with Loneliness and its Relationship to Gambling on September 16, 8pm; Anxiety and Gambling on September 30, 7.30pm; Hair of the Dog – Gambling Hangover Tips for Men on October 14, 7.15pm; and Elephant in the Room – How to Have a Conversation About Gambling on October 28, 8pm. Register: Seniorgroupworker@cecal.org.au or 9559 4013.
• WITH key environmental assessments now available on the Henry Lawson Drive upgrade, East Hills MP Wendy Lindsay said: “This first stage will widen Henry Lawson Drive to a dual carriageway between Tower Road and Flower Power and deliver right turn lanes from Milperra Road onto Henry Lawson Drive and from Henry Lawson Drive onto Newbridge Road.” View plans and provide feedback by September 17 at haveyoursay.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/projects.
• AFTER research revealed less than half of six to 14-year-olds could correctly identify a leek, apricot or beetroot, Woolworths has launched a Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour so students can learn more about how fresh food is grown and meet some of the farmers. Complete with classroom kits and lesson plans, the program will be available in early 2022 for Kindergarten to Year 4. For more and to place orders, visit woolworths.com.au/discoverytours.
• CALLING it shocking, a caller writes: “I can’t undo what I saw but I’m thankful it was only my husband and myself and not young families who frequent the park everyday. No one should have witnessed what we did walking through Deepwater Park and what’s more, these young men didn’t care less we were there and carried on with their business. Please take your pleasures elsewhere, preferably indoors.”
• JOHN from East Hills says it is concerning that Premier Gladys Berejiklian is running away from her daily press conferences just as we are getting record numbers of cases and deaths due to the pandemic. “With parliament shut down, it looks suspiciously like Ms Berejiklian does not want to be accountable for the situation her government has got us in,” he said.
• WITH an 85 per cent rise in scams during the last three months, Westpac has compiled the most common types to look out for saying they prevent $2 million in fraudulent ‘scam’ transactions every month. To find out more and learn ways to protect yourself and loved ones or watch a webinar to stay safe and secure, go to westpac.com.au/security/types-of-scams.
• A CALLER believes it is wrong to advertise places of Covid concern by postcode. “For example, Greenacre, Chullora and Mount Lewis all are under 2190 but you only ever hear about poor Greenacre having the ballooning numbers of infection,” he said. “When in actual fact, there are many more cases in Chullora which is never named on the list simply because they bundle the figures in with Greenacre.”
• THE Australian Federal Police is warning about a scam involving fake police representatives attempting to con money, with scammers saying there has been suspicious bank account activity and wanting your Medicare number, address and bank details. If you are contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer, end the call, call the police if you have any doubt and report the matter at scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam.
• A CALLER freed a pigeon from under her home but then could not get anyone to pick it up. “It was a prized bird with rings on its legs but when I rang WIRES they said they only rescued owls, kookaburras or galahs,” she said. “Bass Hill Vet kindly took in the pigeon and hope its ok but feel sorry for the owner who must be missing it.”
• AFTER seeing a man being rejected for a vaccination shot at a Bankstown pharmacy on Sunday, a reader is calling for better signage. “I noticed the pharmacy proudly displayed plenty of signs stating they gave vaccines and walk-ins were welcome, but nowhere did it specify that the shots were only available on Fridays and Saturdays,” she said.