Weekly News 5@5 – lockdown special

This week’s news is again dominated by the COVID-19 lockdown as cases continue to rise.

Seven more COVID-19 cases have been reported on the Central Coast this week, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 25 since the start of lockdown on June 26.

Meanwhile. NSW’s sewage surveillance program has detected rising levels of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Charmhaven Sewage Treatment Plant.

Calls for a mass vaccination hub are growing on the Central Coast. Skye Hull discussed this with local MPs 

To get as many Coasties vaccinated as possible, Central Coast Local Health District will hold rapid AstraZeneca vaccination clinics at Gosford and Wyong hospitals this weekend.

The clinics, which will be open on Saturday, August 14 to Sunday, August 15 from 7am to 3:30pm, will be located at the Gosford Hospital Vaccination Clinic and the Wyong Hospital Vaccination Clinic.

The social and economic effects of the lockdown come to hand. CCN this week published an analysis of the Institute of Public Affairs breakdown of ABS and ATO employment data. It appears we have lost at least 9,200 jobs in the region. Search our website for the full article.

And self employed small businesses are doing it tough too, one small business owner was the subject of our lead business story this week. Former broadcaster Brad Storey and owner of QuiTrivia revealed the gaping flaws in the State and Federal Government’s support packages for small and micro businesses. Storey points to the complexity of the current support process and the lack of capacity to process claims. 

In council news the council administrator is copping a lot of flak in our letters to the editor forum as people open up their rates notices for the year. Residents in the south of the coast have on average been presented with a 43% rate rise while people in the north have a small reduction. This is a factor of the state government’s rates harmonisation and the administrator’s 15% overall rate rise. 

The Olympics may have finished and the Central Coast has a new hero in Nicola McDermott who achieved a solver medal in the high jump with an australian record of  2 meters and 2 centimetres.  See this weekend’s paper front page for the full story.

Meanwhile the A-league football season is ramping up.

All of these stories and thousands more can be found on our website without a paywall or in this week’s Coast Community News, Coast Community Chronicle and Pelican Post. 

Remember to subscribe to all of our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates throughout the week. And keep an eye out for Skaie Hull’s video 

We end this week with a taste from next week’s AMPED music and culture spotlight – Zoe Brathwaite, acrobat and business woman.

We hope you have a safe weekend and we’ll see you next week.

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