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PTEE: volunteers needed, COVID-19 causes cancellations and closures, ask police questions and more.

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin Meals on Wheels desperately needs more volunteers to assist the vulnerable members of our community.

There are plenty of frozen and hot meals, but the issue is having people to deliver them.

Coordinator Michelle Hand has asked anyone in good health or anyone wanting to assist to get on board and be a part of Meals on Wheels.

Many of the current volunteers are over 70 and in isolation for their own safety, so Ms Hand is doing most of the work on her own.

It only takes a little part of your day to give members of our community the essentials they need to survive, particularly in the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Those receiving this help have expressed deep gratitude for it, but this essential service can only continue if more people come on board.

Deniliquin Meals on Wheels is also looking for donations of hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes for volunteers on meal deliveries.

Phone 5881 7310 or 0408 219 168, or email [email protected] for more information.

Lions Club cancels events

The Deniliquin Lions Club has cancelled all events including its monthly market.

The market is usually on the fourth Saturday of the month in the Waring Gardens, and was supposed to be held this Saturday.

The Lions Club Bingo on a Thursday night at the Multi Arts Hall has also been cancelled until further notice.

However the club is still operating and will hold meetings electronically as much as possible and keep in touch with members by phone and internet so they can weather this crisis as comfortably as possible.

They will keep the community informed as things develop.

Library services

Just because the Central Murray Regional Library building is closed, that does not mean its services have stopped.

Following the latest Coronavirus restrictions, the library closed its doors at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

But the shelves are still full and borrowing items is still a possibility thanks to the dedicated staff.

You can now reserve up to 10 items and the borrowing time has been doubled to six weeks for books and two weeks for DVDs, talking books and magazines. 

Just call to reserve these items and the team will have them ready to collect between 3pm and 4pm, and they can deliver to housebound people.

This service will be offered until directives restrict them from continuing it.

The library also has its online service ‘BorrowBox’ for books and eBooks and full-colour digital editions of your favourite magazines.

Not a member? Not a problem.

Call the team on (03) 5898 3100 and they can process a membership over the phone and help you to use our digital library. 

Check out the full library catalogue at http://cmrl.edwardriver.nsw.gov.au/webpage_files/cat.htm.

Greater police powers

NSW Police have been granted additional powers to fine anyone in breach of the Public Health (COVID-19 Quarantine) Order 2020.

The order mandates anyone arriving in NSW from another country must quarantine themselves for 14 days, going directly to their home or hotel and not leaving.

The order also includes the restrictions on mass gatherings and business closures or restrictions.

It is an offence for a person to not comply with the order, with penalties including an $11,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment.

Police can also issue on the spot fines of $1000.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is asked to call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. 

In an emergency call an ambulance, but make sure to advise you are in isolation.