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A dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic in our Shire

A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.  This drive-through clinic, situated in the former Bellorana Aged Care Facility in Watson Street Bellingen, officially opened yesterday.

In the absence of funding from the State or Federal Health Services, our trusted medical practitioners have drawn on their own resources to make this COVID-19 clinic happen.

It was a truly collaborative coming together of colleagues in the community. After discussions between the doctors and pharmacists from across the Shire we realised something big was coming. We decided that we might not be able to expect white knights to come in and save the community. We needed to prepare to look after the community ourselves,” says Dr Trevor Cheney, Three Rivers Health Bellingen.

For full details.......

Making our most vulnerable critters safe... 

Julia Etel and her sons Leo, 9 years old (on right) and Dean, 7 years old, have spent the past few weeks building nesting boxes for native birds and mammals.  In fact, the trio have set themselves a goal- to build 100 nesting boxes from their home garage.  Despite enjoying this home project, they view their efforts as a dire necessity.

“After the November 2019 fires, my boys and I were feeling quite helpless and devastated by the extent of the damage to our surrounding bushland and people’s properties. Whilst we weren’t in a position to rebuild human homes we felt that we could have a go at building homes for native birds and marsupials,” says JuliaVeterinary Surgeon at Pacific Vetcare in Coffs Harbour.

There are a large number of Australian birds and mammals that need to use tree hollows for shelter or to breed......

COVID-19 Bellingen Neighbourhood Care  Network Up and Running 

The Bellingen Shire COVID-19 Neighbourhood Care Network is a group of people helping each other with practical support, connection and resources to get through this together. It is a means by which all of us in the Shire can help and connect with each other safely.

The network was started by Kerry Pearse, Rose West and Gai Stern in close collaboration with the Bellingen Shire Council, Housing Matters Action Group Inc and the Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire.

Kerry Pearse, the Neighbourhood Care Network Coordinator, said:

SEASON OF FOOD



At a time when we are being encouraged to spend more time at home- it’s a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Bellingen Shire’s abundance of local produce.  Let’s think locally, sustainably and seasonally.  Our Bellingen Shire eateries have adapted rapidly to the changing times- now creating mouth watering take-away meals and even home deliveries.  And our local growers are busily keeping up with strong demands for fresh, delicious produce.
 
Our ‘Season Of Food’ campaign is a celebration of our local region and the food we create.  Each week we will whet your appetite with recipes, growing tips from our local experts, wine matching ideas or even stunning food photography. Let’s support local!!!



THIS WEEK:  Pepperberry Ice Cream Recipe from Dorrigo Grower Meredith Taylor

NEWS 4 LOCALS

 

  • Bellingen Pharmacy medicines can be home delivered or collected via drive through pick-up. Ph 6655 1124
  • Bellingen Taxis can be used to courier food & supplies to your doorstep. Ph 6655 2221
  • Bellingen Shire Council Ordinary Meeting has been cancelled.
  • Guide to Kerbside Bulky Household Waste Pickup.                         CLICK HERE for information and CLICK HERE for dates.
  • How best to request a temporary rent reduction.   CLICK HERE

Coronavirus Community Updates Hub

 

The Bellingen Shire Council has established a comprehensive web page of information, services and Public Health Guidelines which will be updated regularly. SAVE THIS LINK as your one-stop community information resource and share it with your family and friends.
 

Bellingen Shire Council Pandemic Response Plan is now activated. 

Our Shire’s Pandemic Response Plan has been activated, and Council’s internal Pandemic Response Working Group are proactively managing the organisation’s response to the current and potential impacts the Coronavirus may have on the way we live our day to day lives and the way in which we service our communities. 

The focus of the working group’s efforts are to deliver holistic solutions to ensure that our community is in a strong position to respond to the challenges the current pandemic situation presents us.  READ MORE HERE

Starting Sunday 22 March The Hop Shop Bellingen offers FREE HOME DELIVERY on orders over $100 to the entire Coffs Coast! Hooray for beer mail! How to: Email or text message to get our current PRICE LIST. Please include your first name 😊Call to order between 9am - 7pm daily. Contact deets: hello@thehopshopbellingen.com.au  Ph 0403 023 599

LET'S SHOP LOCAL

 

Za'atar Bellingen

Za'atar. HOME DELIVERY around Bellingen Town😃
*Min order $30 + $5 delivery fee
Fresh middle eastern food including dips, salads, falafel, lamb kofta, chicken schnitzel and more!

Call us today 6655 0017


Have you tasted IGA Bellingen's delicious deli range of salads, wraps, hot & cold meal options. Enjoy exceptional service by friendly helpful staff at this award-winning boutique deli and community supermarket.

 

MOVIE NEWS

 
Majestic Cinemas
Sadly, due to Government decision all our cinemas are CLOSED.
  Effective immediately from 22nd March 9pm until further notice.  
 

 

MARKETS THIS WEEK

Bellingen Growers Market

An amazing range of freshly picked produce –  fruit, vegetables, salad greens, nuts.......
Where: Bellingen Showground
When:  Saturday 28 March 8am 

GOT A MOMENT?


Bellingen Shire Business Survey

 

Please - your feedback is important. Survey closing soon: ALL Business Owners are invited to participate in a short (4 minute) online Survey which will run until March 31st. Feedback will be provided to all participants.

Please CLICK HERE to commence the survey, and thank you for your thoughtful input.

 


Community Radio Listener Survey
 

What have you got to say about your local radio station 2 Triple B FM? We are running a listener survey and we are interested in hearing from you about how they can improve, change and make your radio station more responsive to the needs of the local community and beyond.

CLICK HERE

 

Bellingen Law.  Reynolds & Reynolds Legal Services, your local solicitors, can help you with all your legal needs. This law practice has been serving the Bellingen Shire community since 1981. 11 Hyde Street Bellingen. Phone 6655 2244.

BUSINESS NEWS


This week: Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Are you feeling confused? In these times of crisis, things are evolving at a rapid rate and we are bombarded with news reports and government announcements. It’s hard to sort through all this information to find what is relevant to our own business situation.

  • How do we make good decisions based on all the facts?
  • How do we find the experts to help us interpret the various economic stimulus packages and identify which ones we are eligible for?
  • How do we make business plans for the future, when nothing is certain or clear?

If you are self-employed or run a small business READ MORE

'Business Link Up in a Time of Crisis'  
Join us for a live on-line group discussion for Shire businesses.
Share your experiences and concerns in these uncertain times.
Wednesday 25th March.
TIME: 8am – 9am
Price: FREE
LINK HERE
 

Stan Cork Machinery provides customers with quality agricultural & industrial machinery at competitive prices whilst providing industry lead service & spare parts backup. To accomplish this they use the world’s best suppliers, train competent staff in all areas, and maintain a safe & positive atmosphere for everyone. Get in touch to see how they can assist you. 21 Cudgery St Dorrigo. Ph 6657 2258.

'WHAT'S ON' THIS WEEK

  • Old Butter Factory 7 days 8 am - 3 pm Take away only.   MENU
  • Swiss Patisserie  Normal hours.   Take away only.  
  • Purple Carrot    Normal hours. Take away only.
  • Za'atar   Normal Hours.  Take away & home delivery. 6655 0017    MENU
  • Black Bear Bellingen    Normal Hours. Takeaway only.     MENU
  • Anchors Wharf Cafe Urunga   7 days Take away & home delivery.     MENU
  • Components Dorrigo  Normal hours. Take away only.    
  • Canopy Cafe Dorrigo    Open 7 days. Take away only.
  • Raleigh Winery Food & Wine Normal Hours. Takeaway or home delivery. 6655 4388
  • Club Urunga  Open 7 days. Take away only  phone 6655 5044 to order.    MENU
  • IGA Bellingen  Normal hours & home delivery.
  • Kombu Wholefoods Bellingen Normal hours. Well stocked local produce.
 

'WHAT'S OFF' - ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK


Unfortunately, we've received advice that the following events have been cancelled:

  • Bellingen Agricultural Show
  • Bellingen's Cancer Council Fundraiser: Dancing with the Stars
  • Bellingen Farmers & Producers Markets (cancelled this week only)
  • Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival
  • Bello Winter Music Festival
  • Bellingen Brewery - are having a week off
  • Federal Hotel - are having a week off
 

 

I LOVE WRITING COMPETITION cancelled


Sadly, the I Love Writing Short Story Competition has been cancelled. This competition was being run in conjunction with the now cancelled Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival - our competition partner. It was also featuring in various Bellingen Shire School class programs for student participation. We look forward to reviving this competition in the future and thank you to those who had already submitted stories or were mid-writing.

 

MAJOR EVENT UPDATES

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

It is with a great deal of regret we announce that, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2020. As is the case with many other festival organisers, the committee is currently considering ways to deliver at least some of the programme virtually this year. We sincerely thank all those who supported the festival programme and hope for better circumstances in 2021.

Bellingen Agricultural Show

The Bellinger River Agricultural Society Show Committee has resolved  that given the uncertainty surrounding the future impact of the corona virus on public health in Australia, we had no option but to cancel the 2020 Bellingen Show. The Show will continue to run their annual raffle and would appreciate support in this fund raising exercise to help defray some of their losses. They look forward to bringing fresh new energy to a bigger brighter show in 2021.  CLICK HERE to read more.

 

 

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK

11 Woodward St, South Repton $695,000

Close to beach and river. Entertainers paradise. Privacy. Established gardens. Timber floors. A western red cedar cottage positioned right near the beach, a river and the vibrant community of Bellingen. Did I mention a stones throw to the growing city of Coffs Harbour! What else do you need? Click the image to learn more.

Contact: Andrew Perrot, Open Home Online 0400 427 455

We acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people - the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.
We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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