A big thank you to the Lane Cove community for helping to keep each other as safe as possible.
I am aware that some of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue and after news of yet another record day of case numbers in NSW, we could all use some good news.
Here in Lane Cove, two-thirds of our community have started the process of vaccination with more than 30% already fully vaccinated against COVID-19. No doubt there are plenty more who are preparing to roll up their sleeves and a number patiently waiting their turn to be vaccinated.
I'm about to get my second vaccination and I urge everyone in our community who aren't fully vaccinated to make it a priority to do so as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for helping to increase the opportunity for the Lane Cove we know and love to emerge from this lockdown as soon as possible. If you're still seeking information on where to get vaccinated or what to expect at your vaccination, you may like to refer to the NSW Health website.
The current lockdown continues to present challenges to individuals, families and businesses - please lend your support to others in any way you can.
If you or someone you know could benefit from advice on how to deal with information overload, tips on wellbeing during life in lockdown or contact details for support services, visit www.headtohealth.gov.au for a range of helpful resources. We're also working with other councils across Northern Sydney to run free webinars to help with COVID-19 resilience. The next two sessions run by The Resilience Centre relate to Caring for a Spouse or Family Member during COVID-19 (Monday 23 August) and Reframing COVID-19 (Tuesday 31 August). Find out more...
A fantastic range of local businesses are still operating during lockdown with contactless delivery, click and collect and online service options. We can all show our support by following the latest public health orders, checking in with our QR codes if completing essential shopping and of course wearing masks. You can browse www.shoplanecove.com.au for local businesses who have listed what they are offering from a safe distance during lockdown.
Soon we'll be announcing how you can donate supermarket gift cards to residents in need in the Cumberland Council area however in the interim residents may like to consider supporting the charity www.foodbank.org.au which provides a range of options to support those who may be going without food during lockdown. Foodbank has gone from packing 1,250 hampers a week to packing up to 3,500 per day to try to keep up with demand. At a local level, if you or someone you know are in financial distress or need emergency food supplies, please call Sydney Community Services on 9427 6425.
A reminder about the importance of daily exercise. Lights are on at Blackman Park, Bob Campbell Oval, Pottery Green Oval and Tantallon Oval until 8:00pm each evening. Please be considerate of others when using our public spaces by observing social distancing and avoiding an area if it is crowded. Also, for those who live close to one of our 11 Street Libraries, you can stop by to collect a free Lane Cove themed word search and crossword to help exercise the mind. If you need to borrow a book Library to Your Door is available via the online catalogue to have your book delivered for a small fee, contact free.
And finally, please know that Council is here to help. We've started our resident wellbeing phone calls to check-in and see how locals are going during lockdown but you don't have to wait to hear from us - there are a number of ways you can contact Council:
you once again for helping to keep our community safe, please reach out if we
can be of assistance to you.