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Community Action Plans for Aboriginal communities

Community Action Plans set out actions and responsibilities to help keep Aboriginal people and communities COVID safe.

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COVID-19 – Advice for travel to rural and remote Aboriginal towns and communities

Due to the current COVID-19 risk, NSW Health strongly recommends avoiding all travel to, from and between rural and remote Aboriginal communities across NSW.

Travel to provide essential services or on compassionate grounds may be appropriate for people from regions other than Greater Sydney.

Contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice on safe movement.

 

More information

Visit NSW Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and physical distancing.

Visiting rural and remote communities

Advice for travellers

Due to the COVID-19 risk, many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists travelling to their towns and communities.

Be respectful of the concerns and wishes of the local community.

Before you travel to or through a small remote town or community, check the local Community Action Plan or contact the Local Council for advice.

Advice for workers and organisations

It is crucial that workers do not visit Aboriginal communities if they

  • are ill, no matter how mild the symptoms, or
  • have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The risk to Aboriginal communities from visiting workers could increase depending on the nature of the work, the locations the worker has travelled from and work practices.

To minimise this risk, organisations with staff who travel to rural and remote Aboriginal communities should complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes consideration of the issues outlined in the checklist for visiting remote Aboriginal communities.

Community Action Plans

Community Action Plans (CAPs) set out actions and responsibilities for organisations and agencies in three stages.

CAPs are developed through the Local Emergency Management Committees in consultation with community members, NSW Health, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and other interested stakeholders and partners.

The plans set out an agreed approach for managing:

  • Level 1: Prepare: COVID-19 has not entered the community
  • Level 2: Confirmed Cases in Community
  • Level 3: Elimination – virus is not contained

Communities

Plans have been prepared for the following communities:

Visitor preferences

Communities have nominated their requirements for visitors.

 

Community

Preference on visits

Ivanhoe

Menindee

Wallaga Lake

Lawful visitors are welcome however be COVID safe and comply with preventative measures on your visit.

Bourke

Brewarrina

Enngonia

Goodooga

Walgett

Weilmoringle

The community does not object to visitors but supports ongoing messaging with regard to physical distancing.

Jerrinja

 

Lawful visitors are welcome with respect to current COVID restrictions and complying with the preventative measures in the Community Action Plan (PDF, 124.57 KB).

Wilcannia

 

Touring visitors are respectfully asked to only stop where essential. Lawful visitors are asked to comply with COVID-19 preventative measures and actions during their visit.

 

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