BY DAVID ELLIOTT MP

A seven day home quarantine program for around 175 people will be trialled in Greater Sydney in October, as NSW transitions towards reopening international borders.

The pilot, to be operated and monitored by NSW Health and NSW Police, will include participants who have had both doses of a TGA-accredited COVID-19 vaccine.

A mobile phone app, which uses geolocation and faces recognition technology, will be utilised to monitor isolation compliance and provide participants with a testing schedule and symptom checker.

Random in-person police checks will also be conducted, and the existing penalties for individuals who breach conditions of their isolation still apply.

The findings from the pilot will inform future quarantine programs and lay the foundations to reunite even more families and friends who are fully vaccinated.

2022 NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL
Next year’s NSW Seniors Festival is scheduled to include a mix of face-to-face and online entertainment and activities over 10 days from 25 March to 3 April 2022.

This includes the Premier’s Gala Concerts which is scheduled to be held on 30 and 31 March 2022 at the Aware Super Theatre. In ICC Sydney, alongside the NSW Seniors Festival Expo.

Information about ticket release dates will be announced on the NSW Seniors Festival website in the New Year.

BUSH FIRE SURVIVAL PLAN
Take the time now to prepare and discuss your bush fire survival plan with your family.

You dramatically improve the chances of you and your home surviving a bush fire by doing a few simple things. Things such as cleaning out your gutters, trimming overhanging branches and completing a Bush Fire Survival Plan.


To find out more about the steps you can take to get ready, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bushfire- survival-plan.