News 3 April 2020

A very big thank you to all those friends, neighbours and residents who have so generously offered to lend a hand if, and when, any of us might need some help. The response has re-affirmed our firm belief that there is indeed such a thing as society and its subset, community!

Please let us know through info@reid.northcanberra.org.au if you think someone needs a helping hand. We are ready to go ahead with shopping or just to have a chat over the phone and a willing band of volunteers to fly into action.

In view of the constantly emerging information about COVID-19, it is our understanding that it is not a good idea to lend books and other such objects. Last week the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) had this warning available on its website:

How safe are library books and devices?

Library books carry similar risks to any other surface which comes into contact with the COVID-19 virus. US researchers from a number of specialist centres in American universities found that the Covid-19 virus can survive for up to 24 hours on cardboard: “We found that viable virus could be detected in aerosols up to 3 hours post aerosolization, up to 4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.” Another study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Infection (March 2020) has also found that various coronaviruses linked to COVID-19 can persist on surfaces, including paper, metal and glass, for 4-5 days, and can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to 9 days.

We’d really appreciate hearing about services available such as deliveries to this area etc.

Just a reminder too, that we would really appreciate your stories, photos etc. for RRA website. Hope to have a section set up so that we can get going with this.

And, if you just happen to have a spare moment and the energy, there are always submissions to ACT and Commonwealth Governments.

 Submissions

  1. The Territory Plan Draft Variation 369 Urban Living Infrastructure, has had its closing date extended to COB 8 May 2020
  2. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999(EPBC Act) commenced on 29 October 2019
    1. Review processes and timeline
    2. Please note that submissions are still due on 17 April 2020.
    3. Further details re the COVID-19 situation.
  3. Campbell Blocks 4 (& 5) National Capital Authority (NCA) submissions due 21 April

The NCA is calling for submissions on Stage 1 residential development and associated civil and landscape works located on Block 4 Section 38 Campbell. Opportunity to comment on Section 5 are apparently yet to come.

Please note the ‘minor’ departures listed. There has been much comment on the replacement of the natural look of this area with the proposed high-rise buildings on Limestone Avenue just across from Reid.

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