Hi, I would like to add my story to the people of Cowra. Every day we hear on the news how people are breaking the rules of the stay at home orders and exploiting the loop holes to illegally move about. When caught they have lame excuses whilst the majority of people are doing the right thing and getting vaccinated.
Unfortunately, I live on my own. The only company I have are my animals. Due to Covid I haven’t seen or been visited by family since May. My sons live in Sydney and are locked down. My daughter lives in Queensland and can’t take the risk of trying to visit me because of the harsh rules by the Queensland Premier who won’t let her return. I struggle with grieving the loss of my wife. I run my farm where I keep busy. This is the only way I can cope. I’m not asking for sympathy as I am only one of many others in similar positions throughout Australia. I was born and raised in Sydney, making the move to the country 40 years ago, and would never go back due to the amount of violence amongst the many cultures that have established there. So to those who think they are hard done by, think again, as there is always someone worse off than you think you are.
Schools will begin their staggered return to face to face learning on Monday 18 October, one week earlier than initially planned, thanks to the heroic vaccination efforts of NSW.
Students will now return to face-to-face learning with NSW Health approved COVID-safe settings on the following dates:
• From 18 October – Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12
• From 25 October – Year 2, 6 and 11
• From 1 November – Year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Areas of Regional NSW where stay at home orders have already been lifted will continue learning face-to-face from Day 1, Term 4.
The NSW Government will go it alone to fund an extension of the JobSaver program to help NSW businesses re-open their doors and get people back into jobs as the State starts to ease restrictions and enjoy greater freedoms.
When NSW reaches the 70 per cent double vaccination rate JobSaver payments will be tapered from 40 per cent to 30 per cent of weekly payroll.
At that time, the NSW Government will continue to fund its 50 per cent contribution to JobSaver payments. At this point JobSaver payments will be tapered from 30 per cent to 15 per cent of weekly payroll.
After NSW reaches the 80 per cent double vaccination target the Micro-business grant will continue to be available at a rate of $750 a fortnight, before ceasing on 30 November.
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