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Hardy Perennials garden group (posted 9 May 2021)
The next meeting of the gardening group will be at Marieia and Terry Obst’s property, Tranquil Valley, RN42 Foxwell Rd, Malanda on Thursday 13th May 2021. For further information, and to enrol look under Gardening in the Courses for 2021 tab. Alternatively, you can contact Yeoey Damon on email:- email@example.com
Movie Night cancellation (posted 7 May 2021)
Movie Nights for May and June have been cancelled. The presenters are away on holidays and will not be back until July.
Qld latest COVID News and restrictions (posted 26 Apr 2021)
The “New Normal” includes flash 3-day lockdowns, travel restrictions and compulsory wearing of a mask. It is almost impossible to keep up with it all. As far as Queenslanders are concerned, the best place to go for the latest correct information is here.
Annual flu shot now available (posted 30 Mar 2021)
The stronger flu shot for over 65yo has just become available in Atherton, so please make an appointment to receive it. Remember you cannot have the flu shot and the Covid vaccination within two weeks of one another.
Check In Qld app (posted 26 Mar 2021, updated 1 Apr 2021)
This app will become compulsory for the entire hospitality industry from 1st May, so if you patronise a cafe, club, restaurant , pub and the like, you will need this app. (issued 1 Apr)
Everybody needs to install the Qld government’s Check In Qld app. It is free but not compulsory … yet! The state issued check in app is compulsory in many other states, so if you are going interstate, you need to also download that state’s app. The main differences with the government app and others currently in use is that the government stores the check in information, not the businesses; and the app only works on the government issued QR code. It won’t read any other QR code and other apps won’t read government QR codes!
So if you are using one, don’t delete your other QR code reader just yet.
Still, Check In Qld is very easy to use once set up. Full instructions on how to do so are under Tech Tips. Note there is no “Check Out” option. It is not compulsory to check out of venues, which I find strange considering the government “encourages” businesses to record the period of attendance. Looks like you will be contacted and probably tested and isolated even if you have left the venue before a Covid case arrived.
Note at Room 22, it is not compulsory for us to have electronic records of attendance. We did trial a QR code, but for various reasons wasn’t compatible with our class attendance records. Thus we are using a sign-in book, which we are required to do for insurance purposes as well as for contact tracing.
Vaccinations now available (posted 26 Mar 2021, updated 31 Mar 2021)
Anyone over 70 has probably been contacted by their GP to make an appointment to receive their Covid vaccination. The annual flu shot is also now available. A few things to remember:
- the Covid vaccination is free and so is the flu shot to we oldies
- the Covid vaccine will reduce your chances of catching the virus, but not 100% guaranteed to prevent you from catching it. Almost certainly though, you will not be sick enough to be hospitalised, so you should be vaccinated!
- you can’t have the flu and Covid shots within two (2) weeks of one another
- you can’t have the Covid shot if you are feeling unwell. One reason is that all reactions to the injection are being recorded for research purposes and they don’t want any symptoms confused with pre-existing ones. You may be contacted by SMS within the week after receiving the vaccine to see how you are feeling after vaccination.
- you need two doses of the Covid vaccine and as most of us will be in the 1b group on the priority list, we will be receiving the AustraZenica vaccine. The second dose is given exactly 12 weeks later, although this time period is subject to change.
- make sure the vaccinator knows beforehand if you have any serious allergies, particularly anaphylaxis, to anything
To find out what you can do to be ready for your COVID-19 vaccine, really good information can be seen by clicking here. For example, your Medicare records need to be up to date. I also highly recommend reading the Consent Form beforehand. It can be read here.
Remember your Covid vaccination will be recorded in your immunisation history which is accessible on your smartphone. Read the Tech Tips to see how.
If you have any other queries or concerns, the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline is 1800 020 080
Proposed changes to the constitution (posted 14 Mar 21)
There are seven changes proposed to the constitution. The first aims to tidy up our membership classes. The second is to allow an electronic membership application. Next is to give more leeway for unfinancial members to pay membership fees. There are privacy concerns with the Register of Membership so it is proposed to tighten this up. The next alteration deals with Proxies. The sixth amendment would bring our constitution about rule changes into line with the state U3A constitution. Finally, changes to the Qld Incorporations Act requires us to have a Grievance procedure in our constitution.
The proposed changes and motions are fully detailed in the Proposed Constitution Changes tag above. These will be voted on at the AGM on 18 April.
Expressions of Interest in Genealogy (posted 17 Feb 2021)
We have some members interested in learning more about Genealogy but do not know of anyone who could lead a class in this. If you could help, or if you know of someone who could help us start a class, please email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Using your phone to enter a venue – how to (posted 23 Dec 2020)
As from 1am on Wednesday, 23 December, all pubs, clubs, restaurants and the like in the hospitality industry are required by law to electronically record the following details of anyone who enters the venue:
- Address (email or physical)
- Phone number
- Time of entry
- Time of departure
Most businesses record this data in an online form on a website that is accessed by your smartphone. Luckily, this is a relatively easy process via a QR code. To open the form, your phone’s camera can read the website address in the QR code. For newer phones, turn on the camera and hold it over the QR code. You do not take a photo of the QR code! Tap the web site address that shows up and you will be taken to the form.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to change the camera mode to search (little square box with a dot in it). On Samsung phones in particular, but possibly others, open the camera, go into settings (little cog wheel probably) and turn on QR scanner.
For older phones, you need to use a QR code reader app, such as Google Lens. You need to download and install a QR reader app first. Open the app, hold over the code and tap the web site that shows up. Again, do not take a photo of the QR code! That does not get you in!
Note you will only need to enter your details once. Your phone will remember them and fill the form in automatically next time you enter the venue. It will be easy after the first time. Note also that in this form on your phone, you can enter the details of your partner, children and grandchildren, particularly very young ones. All pubs, clubs, restaurants and the like now have to do this, so we need to get used to it.