Local News - Monday 13th December

13 Dec 2021 6:10 AM | Anonymous

Local News for Monday the 13th of December.

There were five new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm Saturday (11 December).

All of the cases are from Port Macquarie.

Four of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster and one is household contact of a confirmed case.

There have been 578 cases reported in the District since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.

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The quest to find more doctors in regional areas could soon be much easier, as the Federal Government announces changes to

accessing doctors in struggling communities.

From 1 January 2022, there will be automatic access to the Distribution Priority Area classification for regional and larger rural areas

in an effort to recruit more doctors.

Federal Minister for Regional Health Dr. David Gillespie, said this change would provide a real difference to patients

as local practices can begin reaching out to overseas doctors who want to move to regional areas.

The Federal Government will also invest in a significant incentive for eligible doctors and nurse practitioners to practice in rural and remote areas,

by eliminating all or part of their Higher Education Loan Programme debts.

Dr. Gillespie said that incentivising doctors and nurse practitioners to live and work outside of metropolitan areas would help improve access

to quality health care for local communities.

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Rankine Street, Crescent Head will be closed for night work between East Street and Scott Street from 7pm tonight – 6am tomorrow, 12 & 13 to complete asphalting.

Traffic control and detours will be in place.

WORKS CONTINUE on ARMIDALE ROAD

Last week council crews completed placing the base gravel and the drainage.

This week, crews are expecting to finish off preparing the pavement for sealing and to begin sealing the road between Link Road and Ferrier Drive.

Santa Claus may be busy in the few days leading up to Christmas Day but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t found time to chat to the children of the Mid North

Coast.

Telstra has created a direct connection between their 15,000 payphones around the country and the North Pole.

With the pandemic restrictions over the last couple of Christmases, sitting on Santa’s knee and letting him know what's wanted for Christmas has been

somewhat difficult, so this is a great way to get some one-on-one time with the big man in the suit.

At any public payphone, simply dial in HO HO HO (or 46 46 46) for a direct line to Santa Claus himself.

Santa will be available to take calls until December 24th, when he needs to prepare his sleigh for his Christmas Eve journey!

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