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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

State Matters - 26 July 2021

Upper Hunter Residents Stay Vigilant and COVID-Safe

I urge people across our Upper Hunter electorate to make sure you know and follow the COVID-19 rules currently in place to keep regional and rural NSW safe, as the State remains on high alert.

The NSW Government is doing everything it can to keep the Upper Hunter community safe and residents need to continue following the rules to protect their loved ones and the community.

We’ve been doing a great job of keeping the Upper Hunter community free of COVID-19 and given what is happening in Sydney, it’s more important than ever that we continue to follow the rules and keep each other safe.

I encourage everyone to visit the NSW Government website for a refresh about what we can and can’t do right now, including the rules around having up to five visitors in your home at any one time, wearing a mask while visiting all non-residential indoor premises and capacity limits for businesses.

We can still enjoy a meal and a beer at the pub, but it is important to ensure you socially distance and abide by the four square metre rule both indoors and outside.

People in the regions must not enter Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, for any reason unless they are returning to their primary residence, getting the jab or attending a funeral.

My plea is for people to be on alert and understand that the restrictions are in place to protect you and your loved ones.

The restrictions in place across rural and regional NSW are helping keep everyone safe and I ask you to please keep wearing your mask where appropriate, use the QR code check-in and continue following the rules.

For further information about regional NSW COVID-19 rules, go to:

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic visit: or contact your GP.

Nominate Now For Crown Land Awards

I encourage local volunteers who help manage Crown land in the region to consider nominating for the 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT.

The NSW Government is calling for award nominations in two award categories to recognise outstanding volunteers who devote their time on behalf of their communities.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands is sponsoring two categories of the 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT.

Nominations are open until 11 August for the Crown Land Manager Excellence Award for outstanding community boards; and the Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award to honour outstanding individual volunteers.

These awards will recognise and reward Crown land manager boards and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding community service, dedication and commitment to their communities.

Nominations are free and are open until 11 August 2021 so I encourage local Crown land managers to apply or nominate a worthy colleague.

All category winners of the Community Achievement Awards will receive $2,000 worth of prizes, including an airtime package on PRIME7, along with a trophy, while every nomination receives a certificate of achievement.

To submit a nomination for the 2021 awards, visit and select ‘Nominate Now’, or call 1300 735 445 and pass on nominee details.

For further assistance, call or email the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or


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