CiTIZENSHIP CEREMONIES AUSTRALIA DAY 2022 – Celebrating our newest Aussies representing 39 countries via two ceremonies today was a wonderful reminder of why we should all take a moment out to say the Pledge. Every time I see the incredible pride and joy on the faces of those who could have picked any country in the world, any state or electorate to live in, yet have chosen us, brings so much joy and reiterates how fortunate we are. 🙏 Congratulations to all, and gratitude to MC Ian who shared an ‘altered’ poem of ‘desert sands to Noosa sands 💖 acting Presiding Officer Cr Frank, Cr Amelia and to the Noosa Council team who always makes these ceremonies so special! In amongst it was fabulous to have time for the ‘convos’ around the Australia Day debate, with the overwhelming desire shared was for a day to celebrate united as one who we are, where we live, and what we aspire to, not specifically a historical event or date. To mesh didgeridoos with guitar, burnt bangas with roasted bunya nuts, thong and boomerang throwing all the way to dreamtime stories and bush poetry! What do you think? 🤔🙏 #welcome #onemob #aussieaussieaussie 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
MP COLUMN Noosa Today. With the Omicron peak nearing, it is time to move beyond the ‘blame game’ and concentrate on managing waves of the future. This with a focus on learning from the past, and striving to do better for those who will continue to suffer hardships if we do not improve our logistics, communications, operations and forward planning! 🤛 #mpnews #stayinformed #2022 ... See MoreSee Less
NOOSA MP COMMUNITY SURVEY 2021 RESULTS - Thank you to all who participated, your feedback is invaluable! No surprises with results reflecting the ongoing predominant issues associated with Covid and importance of improved health services and affordable housing. An 86% increase in respondents from last year is welcomed, with percentage increases in some arenas including support for the trial of non-lethal of shark control measures and a public sex offenders register. #MPSurvey#YourSay#getinvolved... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to all that took the time to complete our Noosa MP Community Survey 2021. It has been extremely valuable in identifying your greatest local concerns, as well your thoughts on issues across Q...
MP UPDATE FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2022Some important information as well reminders in amongst tonight as messages from governments via all forms of media do not seem to be getting through to some of our residents? If you can share with neighbours and friends who you know have been avoiding the papers, TV, radio and social media, that would be appreciated 😊 ARE YOU IMPACTED? A long-standing arrangement, whereby local specialists could see patients in their private rooms and then treat them as public patients in Noosa Hospital, has been terminated as part of the new ‘SMART’ system introduced, which I have written to the Health Minister opposing. Local surgical specialists and myself are concerned about the impact of this decision, which means that Noosa residents seeking treatment as a public patient, must now travel to Kawana for initial assessment at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. This has major logistic as well as financial and physical implications for our residents as well raising concerns about continuity of care. Initial approaches by myself, and concerned doctors, have had no success so far and I would appreciate if anyone who has suffered hardship as a result of these changes, writes to the Minister via firstname.lastname@example.org and importantly cc me in email@example.com to support further advocacy.SCHOOL TERMS – The Minister confirmed this week that revised lesson delivery will allow the full curriculum to be delivered to students over a condensed semester, meaning that the previously advised extra week at the end of the school year, will not be necessary. As I has said last week in response to commenters, many changes would occur before end of year? To recap, kindy to year 10 will commence school 7th February, while year 11 & 12 students will undertake remote learning from 31 January, and then attend school physically from the 7th February also. There is no longer an extension at the end of the school year. More information is available at alt-qed.qed.qld.gov.au/covid19/frequently-asked-questions SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS – Whilst school doesn’t officially start now until 7th February, children of essential workers can still be supervised at school from 24th January. While the definition specifically mentions frontline essential services, it is not limited to these occupations only. Any person who is unable to work from home, is considered an essential worker for the purposes of their children being able to attend school sites from 24Jan to 4Feb. School transport will also be running from 24th January, for those students who need to attend. You can find some handy FAQS at qed.qld.gov.au/covid19/frequently-asked-questions SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL COUNSELLING – fantastic news that funding has been extended to June 2023 for this vital service. For any small business needing financial advice during this time, please don’t hesitate to call. Assistance is available for general small businesses, although there is also tourism industry specific advice available. Please call 1300732777 or visit www.rfcssq.org.au/small-business-assistance/ or www.dtis.qld.gov.au/our-work/queensland-tourism-business-financial-counselling-service AMBULANCES – calling 000 is for emergencies only. Ambulances do not carry, nor can they give a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), nor can they transport to a vaccination or testing centre, nor anything else that is NOT an emergency, including asking the 000 operators where you can access a RAT. If you have an underlying condition that you would not normally call 000 for, you do not need to call just because you have become COVID positive, unless you require emergency assistance with severe symptoms outlined by the CHO such as breathing difficulties. Please keep 000 for emergencies only and leave those phone lines as free as possible. If you require non-emergency health advice, you can call 13HEALTH (13432584) and speak to a registered nurse or contact your GP. Yes, there is a wait as we experienced, however once through the service is thorough. NOVAVAX – the TGA has just approved Novavax for use in Australia and also 2 oral treatments for vulnerable patients with COVID-19. Novavax still has to get final approval from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), however the federal government has now ordered 51million doses. Great news for those who were waiting for! With this being under the federal government, we have no further information other than what’s available at www.tga.gov.au/media-release/tga-provisionally-approves-novavax-biocelect-pty-ltds-covid-19-vacci... INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS – a reminder that there are no longer any international arrival quarantine requirements as of 1am Sat 22 January. There are still federal government restrictions in place regarding who can come to Australia, however QLD has now abolished quarantine requirements for double vaccinated, however still requiring a Rapid Antigen Test within the first 24hrs for those permitted to enter. More information at statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94274 International border information can be found at covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions WELLCAMP – The Deputy Premier announced yesterday that The QLD Regional Accommodation Centre at Wellcamp is set to open for its first arrivals, especially for those unvaccinated international arrivals with exemptions to enter, as they are still required to quarantine. The centre can also be used for those required to isolate, but can’t do so at home, travellers who test positive but do not have a home in QLD, homeless and vulnerable Queenslanders, and those without a suitable home to quarantine in including those with vulnerable household members. You can read the full announcement at statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94279 HOSPITAL VISITORS – recent changes have been made to limit the number of visitors at any one time, to two visitors in wards and only one attending with a patient at emergency. However, there will be exceptions to the rule particularly around palliative care, end-of-life visits and maternity. Unfortunately, with emergency departments so busy and heading into the peak of Omicron, now is not the time for groups of people to be waiting with one patient, especially with some hospitals in other areas already setting up marquees at emergency to allow for better space and social distancing while waiting for treatment. www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-p... BOOSTERS – Having just been reduced to a three month interval between your 2nd shot and the booster, we are hearing mixed reports of availability, however many are accessing via pharmacies, GPs and vaccination clinics, such as Sunny St in Tewantin and the Leisure Centre. Both Pfizer and Moderna are recommended for use as a booster vaccine, and both are considered equally acceptable according to ATAGI. Booster information is at www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses or you can find a vaccine clinic at www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-clinic-finder or www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid... PANDEMIC LEAVE DISASTER PAYMENT – Information regarding this payment, including that it is applicable for sole-traders or business owners who draw a wage and is available for those in isolation or caring for someone in isolation, is available at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment however as individual assistance is federal realm rather than state, please contact your federal MP or Services Australia if you need any further information or assistance. For our businesses who have fallen into ‘gaps’ we have been working with the Small Business Ombudsman and advocated to the Premier and Minister Farmer regarding and will update soon.FAIRPLAY VOUCHERS – applications are now open for the latest round of vouchers to assist young Queenslanders participate in sport at www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay CHARITABLE DONATIONS – as with all disasters, such as flooding to the north, many seek donations to assist those badly impacted. Please don’t forget that you can check the charity register if you’re approached by an organisation who you don’t know anything about at www.acnc.gov.au/charity/programs/map ROTARY NOOSA HEADS – have launched a flood appeal partnering with Rotary Club of Maryborough-Sunrise, with all funds raised to be dispensed locally by their disaster committee. Donations to ‘Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Bendigo Bank’ BSB 633-000 Account 135 570 869 Reference: FLOOD APPEAL. with every dollar going directly to beneficiaries. An incredible example of communities supporting others in their hour of need, well done Rotary!SMILES NEEDED FOR OUR ELDERLY - Many residents in our aged care facilities are understandably struggling with staying isolated in their rooms during lockdowns and Ozcare are looking for ways to cheer them up and give hope. They would appreciate if you, or your children or grandies would be willing to draw some happy pictures, or write letters to residents for distribution especially to those who do not have family or friends to call/video chat with to brighten their day.💖 Please send to Lucy.Sargent@ozcare.org.au or drop at their front door (but do not go in) 🙏MINCE SHORTAGES? A shout out to Noosa Outlook Prestige Meats who this week shared a true ‘grass roots’ video on Facebook regarding meat supplies, calling on locals to support small business and shop local as they have plenty of mince! Our businesses such as this have local supply chains and are not reliant on the longer ‘chains’ of larger supermarkets who are being impacted. However don’t just utilise our local biz during shortages elsewhere, supporting our butchers, bakeries, fruit/vege markets and others as part of your regular weekly shop equals extra jobs and dollars in our local community! Well done @noosaoutlookpreestigemeats 💝MP NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2022 AND ANNUAL SURVEY RESULTSDon’t forget to check out the latest updates on our website at Noosa 360, including the newsletter and results from our recent community survey at www.sandybolton.com/noosa360/To finish. Phewww ! 😁 That was almost a book tonight, forgive me, it felt like a marathon however reflected a large week including finally testing negative on Day 14 👍 This has been the greatest relief so that I can transfer from working remotely to being back out, so watch out! To celebrate, Shoey and I managed to get in our New Years promise and have a paddle on the river which was fabulous even in damp conditions, though the fatigue afterwards reminded me that our full recovery is still to be reached! 🙄Have a great weekend everyone, and remember all the standard reminders I harp on about in protecting yourselves, as well those couple of new ones that I have added such as sanitiser for surfaces. It is now up to us, and I know that everyone who wants to remain Covid free has the information to do so through focusing on self and impacts on others, not the actions of others. And if you have not caught as yet, ensure as I have said previously to have your Covid Kit ready as below! 👍Sandy 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
MP NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2022 – The first edition for the year, covering some beautiful moments in the lead up to Christmas, to those that we never wish to revisit including contracting and recovering from COVID in the new year😷! We are now ready to rock 2022, with the long list already well underway 🤩 #MPNews#StayUpdated #2022 ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome to a new year, and I am sure many were very happy to bid farewell to 2021! As mentioned in my latest Noosa Today column, Christmas again was not in any way normal, nor what we would have wishe...