• CAUGHT out when there was no coverage in a shop he attended at the weekend, a caller said everyone should print out their double vaccination proof and keep it in their wallet. “Don’t rely on your phone working perfectly every time as I found out on the weekend,” he said. “You need that extra bit of insurance if things turns south when proving your jab status.”
• AN extra 130 paramedic interns start road duties from Saturday to help meet the increased demand due to the Delta outbreak. To avoid high numbers of staff starting and finishing at the same time, NSW Ambulance will have some interns begin and end shifts at four paramedic response points, including Campsie. In 2021-22, the NSW Government is investing $1.4 billion in NSW Ambulance including 1,291 new defibrillator units.”
• RESIDENTS will receive a further two $25 ‘Dine and Discover’ vouchers in December, while businesses can apply for grants to make their dining venue more alfresco-friendly. “These $5,000 grants are limited to 5,000 businesses on a first in, first served basis, so I would encourage those businesses who fit the criteria to get their application in soon,” Business NSW chief Daniel Hunter said.
• IF you or someone you know doesn’t have a smartphone to check in, Covid-19 check-in cards are now available. The check-in card is simple to use – when visiting a business just show the card to a staff member and they will scan it. It can be posted to you or you can download. To find out more, go to service.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88,
• SEWING Classes will be at the Guide Hall in Chester Hill, every Monday for eight weeks from October 25. To secure a spot you must book and pay in advance. Cost is $40. Bookings, info: 9645 3700.
• WOMEN and girls will benefit from a range of community, education and mentoring opportunities during 2022 NSW Women’s Week thanks to a $100,000 grants program from the NSW Government. State MP for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay, has encouraged applications for a share of the funding to host events between March 7 to 13. Apply before November 15 at womennsw.smartygrants.com.au
• CAN your child be difficult to manage? The 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program aims to teach parents how to deal with their children’s behaviour by using a signalling system, at a free online course starting November 17, 2-4pm. Call Milena on 9790 1378 to book.
• THOSE aged 12 and over will be able to get on-the-spot Covid-19 vaccinations at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre, with walk-ins welcome seven days a week from 7am-9pm.
• LOOKING like a scene out of a disaster movie, a Condell Park commuter was shocked at the state of the storm-smashed M5 heading west between Bexley Road and Padstow on Thursday afternoon. “I counted eight accidents, a truck jack-knifed across three lanes, a four-car pile-up and another car on its back,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like; it was metal mayhem and carnage.”
• SAYING we could be in for a bleak Christmas, a supermarket shopper reports that a kilo of lamb chops now costs $42 and a packet of two eye fillet steaks costs $32. “Start saving your pennies now if you want to be able to afford a family feast in the festive break,” he said.
• A CALLER advises to stick to the pedestrian crossing and not take shortcuts across roads outside Bankstown Central after seeing a woman come-a-cropper on Thursday. A Bankstown Central spokesperson said: “Recent storms have caused some damage to the bus stop and a small area of the car park. We have arranged for repairs to take place as soon as the weather clears and apologise for any inconvenience.”
• OUR elected politicians are there to represent our views, a Greenacre reader says, and not vote based on their own feelings. “It is distressing that State MPs will be given a ‘conscience’ vote in Parliament on the new Bill for Voluntary Assisted Dying which is a vital issue,” he said. “It should be put to a referendum instead.”
• CHESTER Hill’s Jack, 80, says it’s hard enough locating disabled parking so he can manoeuvre his wife’s wheelchair at Chester Square without luxury car drivers who are not disabled, trying to snaffle all the spots: “On Sunday, I was parked in by two four-wheel drive cars, no stickers, and the driver behind me got ‘mouthy’ when I was putting her back in; extremely rude and unnecessary.”