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8 Feb 2021
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Centrelink move to Woy Woy heralds 'new era' - Wicks
Tesch condemns Ettalong service centre closure
Public inquiry could be held into Central Coast Council
Tesch calls for public inquiry into 'failed amalgamation'
Busy Australia Day for Marine Rescue
Lions Club 'astounded' by cake sale success
Real estate agent tells of Peninsula challenges
Proposal adds car spaces and mezzanine to Umina Mall
South St proposal attracts second-most comments
Council administration extended three months
Administrator releases three-month report
Referendum on having nine councillors
Celebrating 60,000 years of human history
'But the dog ate my ... cake'
Ferry has hull restored
Posthumous OAM to Geoff Melville
Honour for service to women in business
Car boot sale resumes after long break
Umina Community Group receives recognition
Arts and crafts centre seeks a treasurer
Men's Shed provides a mower that cannot be started
Grant to paint Patonga hall
Peninsula events for women's festival
Next year's leaders chosen for Woy Woy Rotary club
Men's Shed seeks trainers and teachers
Working bee at arboretum
Cherished model yacht successfully restored
January rainfall one third below average
Open letter to acting Council CEO
Display raised a record $1956
Democracy is fragile: be careful what you wish for
Is PUDS dead?
Aged care man visits his parents
Rotary club continues music therapy project
Three aged care residents turn 100
Hospital offers nursing diploma scholarships
Coronavirus testing starts at Sea Scouts hall
Solicitors donate time to helicopter rescue service
Visitor restrictions relaxed
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Talent agencies seek extras in Umina
Students complete first lesson in watercolours
Rotary club donates backpacks to Umina campus
Reading for 10 minutes a day 'makes a difference'
Umina school holds swimming carnival on Friday
Philip Westcott named Ettalong bowler of the year
Men's Fours decided at the Everglades
State bowls championship starts Wednesday
Australia Day Pairs bridge results
Southern Spirit cricket results
Bridge events planned
Ride from Woy Woy to Cowan
Selected for university rugby squad
Second round of Handicap Pairs
Activities resume at PCYC
Philip Westcott wins Bowler of the Year trophy

Aged care man visits his parents

The chief executive of a Woy Woy aged care home says he knows what it is like to be unable to visit elderly relatives.

"Last week I was fortunate enough to finally visit my parents in regional Victoria," said Mr Matt Downie of Blue Wave Living.

"It has been more than a year since I have been able to last see them because of ongoing state border closures coinciding with when I had time off.

"While we have obviously kept in touch via phone, and shared photos, it's not the same as catching up in person.

"The changes that occur in people over time are never quite relayed via phone and photos.

"So I was very thankful that the border control relaxed enough while my children were still on school holidays, so my parents could finally see their grandchildren again after such a long time."

Mr Downie said that visitor restrictions had now largely been lifted across the aged care sector.

"We welcome any family and friends to visit loved ones in care at BlueWave.

"Residents can now receive as many visitors as they like.

"Visits do have to occur during our visiting hours, and we do have to continue to screen and temperature check all visitors to site.

"Masks continue to be a requirement as it has been clearly established as one of the more effective defences against the risk of spreading Covid.

"We truly hope that the current situation remains, and the certainty of this will only be further enhanced when the vaccine roll out nationally begins.

"Our understanding is that a team will attend site on a particular day or days to administer the vaccine.

"This will certainly be a turning point in the management of Covid, and provide added security to the health and wellbeing of our residents.

"With well over 70 million vaccines now having been administered world wide, nearly three times our national population, it is already having a positive impact in some areas around the world, however there is still a very, very long way to go.

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