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Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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Seniors Urged To Prepare For Flu Season

Seniors across NSW are being encouraged to protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinated.

Minister for Seniors Mark Coure saidpeople aged 65 and over can book in a free flu shot at pharmacies and GPs.

People aged 65 and over are recommended to have the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine (Fluad® Quad), which stimulates a greater immune response in this age group, known to have a weaker response to vaccination.

Those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from influenza are eligible for a free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program and include:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age
  • Children from six months to under five years of age
  • People with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • Pregnant women.

NAPLAN Begins

The annual NAPLAN assessment began yesterday, Tuesday May 10,, with 1.2 million students set to take the test in more than 9,500 schools and campuses across Australia.

This year marks the final year of transition to online testing, with all schools across Australia now participating in NAPLAN tests online.

“NAPLAN online is a better, more precise assessment that is more engaging for students,” Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority CEO, David de Carvalho, said.

“The tailored testing means students are given questions that are better suited to their abilities, so they can show what they know and can do.

Morongla Show 2022

The Morongla Show Society Pavilion Committee will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18th May, 2022 at 1.30pm in the Morongla Hall.

The Morongla show will be held on Monday 3rd October, 2022 after having 2 years off due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the committee is excited to be preparing the 2022 schedule.

If you are interested in becoming more involved or would just like to see how we run the pavilion come along to our friendly, informal meeting, you will receive a warm welcome.

Enquiries to Barbara Langfield 63453221 or Julie Whitby 0488 454260.

Important Step Forward For New Women’s Refuges

Women and children escaping domestic and family violence in the Cootamundra electorate will soon receive greater support with expressions of interest for the first of round of funding for new women’s refuges set to open on 9 May.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging local organisations to apply for NSW Government funding to deliver new women’s refuges in our region.

Expressions of interest will also open shortly to apply for the first round of funding and interested parties should monitor the NSW e-tendering site for the latest information: https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/

For confidential advice, support and referrals, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63), NSW Rape Crisis (1800 424 017) or Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491). In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Applications Open For Riverbank Restoration Grants

Landcare and environmental groups across Cootamundra Electorate have the opportunity to receive funding to restore riverbanks that have been damaged by recent natural disasters, thanks to a new NSW Government support program.

The $3 million Landcare Riparian Restoration Grant program will provide funding of up to $50,000 for groups to carry out on-ground projects such as riverbank and stream restoration, on-farm erosion works and tree planting.

Local Land Services will work with Landcare groups to administer the grants and will support them to deliver the onground works.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available per incorporated Landcare or natural resource management group. Joint submissions between multiple groups will also be considered up to a total value of $200,000.

Applications will close on Friday, 3 June at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/landcare-grants

Ability Network Opens New Office

Ability Network officially opened its new office building in Cowra on Tuesday afternoon.

It will be a welcoming new space for Ability Network clients and families to access its managerial team, book appointments, have service meetings and update client plans.

Ability Network welcomed clients, families, staff and VIPs on a tour of the new space followed by updates on the progress of Ability Farm, which has entered the initial stages of its building.

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