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Statement From NSW Police

Statement from NSW Police

Police have been working with NSW Health and other government partners since early last year to ensure our vulnerable communities remain protected from COVID-19.

Through the LEMC police have been working closely with community, NSW Health and other government and non-government agencies to ensure the Bourke distribution hub is providing fresh food items, hampers and other essential items on a daily basis to vulnerable communities in the region.

NSW Police, NSW Health and other agencies who attend Enngonia on a daily basis are assisting with the regular delivery of food and medical supplies should residents need them. Yesterday (14 September 2021), the Rural Fire Service (RFS) delivered 65 food packs and a number of care packs to residents of Enngonia. Each food pack provides enough food for a person for two weeks.  

 

Central North Police District Commander, Superintendent Tim Chinn also visited Enngonia and spoke with community leaders.

In recent weeks, police have also been conducting wellbeing checks and community engagement with numerous homes in Enngonia, to ensure the wellbeing of those self-isolating and that adequate support is being provided to those people.

No community members have been fined for obtaining groceries. Police have been working closely with the local community at Enngonia and have been pleased with the high level of compliance with the public health orders.                                                                                                                                        

Further background:

Enngonia is subject to the same PHOs as the majority of the state.

There is a small supermarket at Bourke which is the main supplier of food to the Enngonia community, and it provides a ‘click and collect’ or ‘ring/order’ service to residents of Enngonia. Normally such service comes with a small fee, however given the current environment, the supermarket has waived the delivery fee.