Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza


Aussie charity, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), has partnered up with the NSW Government to deliver thousands of donated food boxes to families in COVID-19 self-quarantine.

The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the NSW Government have allocated $250,000 for the RRT to provide 4,500 Food Boxes to NSW individuals and families.

Over the past weeks, the RRT Food Box initiative has been supporting people in self-quarantine by providing food boxes to Australians who may be struggling or otherwise unable to leave their home.

Thousands of food boxes are now being safely packed by RRT volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), to be delivered to individuals and families all across NSW.

Most recipients are temporary or casual workers, or the elderly, and who are in self-quarantine at home.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the RRT Food Boxes are desperately needed in regional and rural NSW where services such as home delivery are not available.

“Every day RRT volunteers are caring for the community and have done so for many years, through their various food provision services.

“I’m delighted that the NSW Government has partnered with RRT to get food boxes to those in need, particularly in remote areas where we don’t have access to the same services as those in the cities.”

RRT Managing Director Ron Arkcoll said care and compassion were at the core of RRT’s outreach programs and said they were thrilled to be able to offer a small gesture of help to those who needed it.

“While we know the covid-19 crisis continues to throw up never-before-seen challenges for us all, we are so humbled to be able to provide a small amount of relief to NSW families,” he said.

“Our volunteers will continue to step up to the challenge and are committed to supporting our local communities through these tough times.

“Whether that’s filling a family pantry with some staple food items or putting a smile on the face of a neighbour – from an appropriate distance! – we hope these small gestures go towards providing some relief.

“I want to thank the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the NSW Government for their assistance and for always putting the people of NSW first - and I also want to thank our RRT volunteers who go above and beyond every single time,” he said.

The RRT is currently supporting people in self-quarantine in NSW who have been referred by Service NSW, and while the initiative is live in Queensland, are working to continue to expand support to other states.

If you live in NSW and need support, please call 13 77 88 who will assess your situation and organise support through this initiative should you qualify.


New regulations published in NSW will give immediate effect to the NSW Government’s COVID-19 rental relief measures, reflecting the National Cabinet’s Code of Conduct agreed to by all states.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the changes will support and guide tenants and landlords in negotiating agreements.

They are part of the NSW Government’s package of support for tenants and landlords which includes up to $440 million in land tax relief announced on April 13, to be split approximately 50-50 between the commercial and residential sectors.

“This is about adopting a national framework in NSW so agreements can be reached between parties and more businesses stay in business and people stay in jobs,” Mr Tudehope said.

“These new regulations require landlords to negotiate rent relief agreements with tenants in financial distress due to COVID-19 by applying the leasing principles in the National Code of Conduct.”

Mr Tudehope said the regulations - which also apply to commercial leases - would provide a clear way forward for tenants and landlords to reach agreements.

“We’re taking action to provide certainty for landlords and tenants and enshrine into law the measures needed right now as agreed by the National Cabinet. If there is more the Government needs to do, we will address those gaps where possible.”

To facilitate these changes, and deliver increased mediation and advisory services to commercial parties, the NSW Small Business Commission will be bolstered with extra staff and an injection of $10 million from the $1 billion Working for NSW Fund.

Regulations relating to commercial leases were expedited under amendments passed by the NSW Parliament in March, which allow the Government to make laws that are reasonable to protect the health, safety and welfare of lessees or tenants during COVID-19.

New regulations to assist landlords and tenants in the residential sector were also published last week by the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation.

Mr Perrottet said land tax relief would be available within weeks, with landlords also able to access a further land tax deferral for any outstanding amounts for a three-month period if they’ve claimed the land tax concession.

“Eligible landlords will be able to apply for a land tax concession of up to 25 per cent of their 2020 land tax liability on relevant properties so long as they pass on the full savings in the form of a rent reduction to their tenants,” Mr Perrottet said.

The commercial lease policy will apply to business tenants with a turnover of less than $50 million that experience a 30 per cent (or more) reduction in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If circumstances have not significantly changed, tenants still need to fulfil the terms of their agreements.

For residential tenancies, households must show they have suffered a loss of income equal to or greater than 25 per cent due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make rental payments.

The National Cabinet Mandatory Code Of Conduct - SME Leasing Principles During COVID-19 was released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday, 7 April.

It is expected eligible landlords will be able to apply for land tax rebates from Service NSW from Monday, 4 May 2020.

More information is available via Service NSW, Visit: www.service.nsw.gov.au

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Well, they say laughter is the best medicine! For reasons that are not bad, it can be healthy to laugh at ourselves and make others laugh or pass a picture or video which may put a smile on their face.

Many Filipinos in the different parts of the globe find ways to amuse themselves during these unprecedented lockdowns. While some nationalities make parodies of songs either to talk about washing hands and minding physical distance, many Filipinos use the Tik Tok App. Have you made a Tik Tk act and uploaded it, too? Well, if you did, you are in the company of many people, even superstars, from all over!

(Excerpt from The Guardian article by Coco Khan)
Andy Warhol predicted a time everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. He was nearly right – it is actually 15 seconds. That is the maximum duration of a video clip with music (non-music clips can last up to a minute) on TikTok, the video-sharing platform that has taken the world by storm. Favoured by under-25s, who make up its core audience, TikTok this year surpassed Facebook and WhatsApp as the world’s most downloaded non-gaming app.

TikTok’s content doesn’t take itself too seriously, and ranges from food to fashion, pranks to pets – as well as the ubiquitous dance challenges. It is a perfect fit, in other words, for the lockdown, when many of us are stuck inside and in desperate need of some silly fun. This may be why, even if you haven’t downloaded it, you suddenly find, clogging up your social media, clips of Justin Bieber dancing to I’m a Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, or Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez swapping outfits to Drake’s Flip the Switch. It seems everyone from doctors and nurses in PPE to bemused parents quarantined with teenagers are flocking to the app – and sometimes going viral in the process.

Monday, 20 April 2020 14:50


As at 8pm, Sunday 19 April 2020, an additional 6 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since 8pm 18 April, bringing the total to 2,963.

During that time, 3,489 people were tested. There were nearly 4000 more people tested in the past week than the week before. 24,246 people were tested in the past week compared to 20,361 the week before.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)
Cases tested and excluded
Total persons tested

There are currently 249 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. This includes 22 people being treated in Intensive Care Units, with 15 of those requiring ventilators. Of the 249 people currently being treated, 196 (79 per cent) are in non-acute care.

There has been one death related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

A 94-year-old man, confirmed positive for COVID-19, has passed away. He was a resident of Anglicare Newmarch House.

NSW Health extends condolences to the family of this man.

There have been two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, bringing the total to 41 cases (14 staff and 27 residents).

A Centrelink call centre in Tuggerah has a single confirmed case reported. The office has been closed for cleaning. Investigations are underway and close contacts are being identified and contacted. The workplace will remain closed today to allow for a site visit and risk assessment.

Anyone in areas of concern for community transmission in NSW who is feeling unwell with a fever and cough, should present to a local COVID-19 clinic or their local GP for testing.

Areas of concern for community transmission in NSW are listed on the NSW Health website. This week the focus areas include the LGA areas of Blacktown, Canada Bay, Cumberland, Goulburn Mulwaree, Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Waverley and Woollahra.

Anyone who works in a health care setting, residential care setting (including aged care, disability services), boarding schools, prisons or detention centres should be tested for COVID-19 if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath).

There are 190 crew on board the Ruby Princess who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are also 13 Ruby Princess crew members in NSW Health facilities, 12 of them having tested positive for COVID-19.

The locations of COVID-19 clinics are available here:

NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, but call ahead first, or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19/Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.

A full list of flight details can be found here:

Monday, 20 April 2020 14:46

A message for international students

We know the impacts of this virus are affecting our international students here in Australia.

The Government has announced that international students who have been here longer than 12 months and who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.
International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight.
International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors.
Our Government continues to work with universities and the international education sector to minimise the impact of COVID-19, and that includes finding innovative ways to support our international students.
I also encourage our international students to use the mental health support offered by their education provider.
My message to our international students is: you are our friends, our classmates, our colleagues and members of our community.

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