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COVID-19 evolving in our communities

28 August, 2021

As the recent COVID - 19 outbreak continues to spread through NSW, Allan Lamb, Chairman of the Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd (REDI.E) acknowledges the vast and catastrophic impacts that the ongoing pandemic is having on our people and in our communities. 

As the Department of NSW Health has further extended the stay-at-home order and restrictions for all of NSW including our regional communities, at least until 10 September 2021, it is more important than ever that we find new ways to adapt to the current environment. We need to keep each other safe by staying home, enjoying this time with family in a safe way and adapting to find a sense of normality. 

The numbers are real! These are real families. Real people, Our people! who are affected by this outbreak. 

REDI.E is taking a proactive approach to protecting our people, in particular our Elders and vulnerable communities. We have been in direct contact with Department of NSW Health Officials and wish to ensure that all people who are affected at this time get the support and care that they require.

Our focus remains on the health and safety of all our people but especially those in the affected communities of Wilcannia and Goodooga. We understand that the current environment adds additional challenges to community members when accessing essential food and household items. REDI.E are working with multiple authorities to help alleviate this pressure.

On Saturday 21 August 2021, community volunteers distributed 566 hampers throughout Wilcannia. The initiative was a joint effort between Wilcannia Central School, Maari Ma Health, Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E), Central Darling Shire Council, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and the Local Emergency Management Committee. Congratulations to all those involved in the volunteer team for their efforts and support to provide essential services directly to those who needed it most. 


REDI.E Chairman, Allan Lamb, has focused efforts on a program to deliver a temporary store as a solution to the local community of Goodooga to access essential items including food and household goods. As a remote town without access to a local supermarket this program will bring much needed access to essential items to the local community as the current COVID – 19 pandemic continues.  


Throughout the COVID – 19 pandemic REDI.E remain focused on providing Employment and Business Support to our people and to our Enterprise Partners. Many people have been greatly affected by the ongoing stay-at-home order with many losing their jobs, their employees and their sole sources of income. REDI.E will work to prove pathways to re-employment for anyone who has been affected by a reduced workforce or lost their jobs during the pandemic. 


REDI.E would like to make note that a contract has been secured between REDI.E and NSW Government to provide Hotel Quarantine facilities locally in Bourke, NSW. REDI.E then partnered with local Bourke business Outback Security to deliver the service. A win win for all involved.


Congratulations on this initiative and partnership.  This initiative will help facilitate isolation for families in our communities who have been affected by COVID -19.   


The safety of our people is, as always, our main priority. It is important that we all continue to follow the health advice that is given, cooperate with social distancing, wash our hand regularly, stay home as much as possible and to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you.


REDI.E strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. NSW Health are working to make sure everyone in Australia has access to safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines will give us the protection to go about our COVID Safe lives.


You can access further information about the COVID – 19 virus, vaccination information and the current restrictions for Western NSW at the NSW Health website. 


Or by calling the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.


This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.

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