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NLNA Member Update: latest updates on SA COVID-19 restrictions

NLNA Member Update: latest updates on SA COVID-19 restrictions

Dear Members,

Three new COVID Ready digital solutions that will support the reopening of South Australia, reunite families and protect the state, have been revealed.

 

COVID-Ready Plan modelling

From 23 November

Borders

  • Open borders to fully vaccinated people from all Australian states and territories (Quarantine will apply to LGAs with community transmission and less than 80% of the population fully vaccinated.)
  • Vaccinated international arrivals require 7 days quarantine
  • Unvaccinated authorised arrivals require 14 days quarantine

Activities

Restrictions remain in place:

  • Masks in indoor public settings
  • Current density and activity requirements
  • 30 people at home gatherings
  • Private activity cap of 150 people

 

 

Find information about SA COVID-19 Response on https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

NLNA MEMBER PROFILE – Tawonga South Newsagency & Post Office

NLNA MEMBER PROFILE – Tawonga South Newsagency & Post Office

Address: 221 Kiewa Valley Highway, Tawonga South, Vic, 3698

Stephen and Lynne purchased the business in 1993, which at that time included takeaway food, a newsagency and a post office. At that time, they were one of five authorised newsagencies in the Upper Kiewa Valley.

They decided to exit the food industry in 2000 to concentrate on their Post Office and Newsagency. They also built a larger shop on an adjoining block. They took a break from retail in 2009 when they sold the business. However, the couldn’t stay away and purchased the business back in 2011 when the new owners went broke.

Stephen and Lynne came into their second stint as owner/operator with a fresh mindset and a new full-time partner, Macca and decided to operate without any staff. They are now the only newagency in the Upper Kiewa Valley and supply from the ski resort of Falls Creek to Dederang. As they have a lot of artists in their area (like most country towns), they have set up an Art Department selling quality supplies which has been a highlight for them in the last ten years.

Stephen and Lynne have diversified into quality giftware as well, which is also a winner. In the last three years, they have been able to add Tattslotto to the business which has worked well for them and tends to get new customers through the door as well as being a profitable addition to the business. The old staple, magazines, is still a favourite after 28 years, sales are still increasing as opposed to newspapers. They do give a lot of space to magazines, but they are easy to manage and still sell through the age groups.

COVID has surprisingly been good for the store. During lockdowns, locals who have never ventured through their doors, instead of shopping in larger centres, have discovered quality not just in their business but other local stores and many have remained regular customers.

In their spare time, Stephen was Treasurer of Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club for 12 years and is now in his 7th year as President of Mount Beauty Golf Club. The business also has regular weekly sponsorship of a couple of local organisations.

Stephen and Lynne’s next plan is to retire, but cannot decide when, as they are enjoying work too much.

Whilst Stephen and Lynne are very reluctant to give advice, they believe that in any business customer service is the most important aspect. Try and call your customers by name, a lot of their customers have become good friends.

Also, try not to overwork yourself. Remember to make plans to have time off even if only 2 days per week and work to enjoy life. Making a fortune, especially in a small country town is not always going to happen, but you can have fun and survive. They were burnt out when they sold the first time, but with a different outlook, work is now enjoyable.

Common Signs of Identity Theft

Common Signs of Identity Theft

Dear Members,

Unfortunately, identity theft is more common than most of us realise. It can do serious damage to your finances, reputation, and future.

When it happens, the earlier you find out the better. There are some common tell-tale signs that something may be wrong. Knowing what those signs are is important, as is taking action as soon as you feel something is wrong.

Common signs of identity theft:

  • You receive bills, statements, or confirmation letters for accounts you didn’t open.
  • You are surprised by being denied a loan or credit.
  • Sharp changes in your credit score that you don’t believe there is a good reason for.
  • Suspicious charges on your credit card or bank account.
  • Authentication/verification text messages or emails for accounts that you either don’t own or are not currently logging into.
  • Your tax return appears to have already been filed/denied.

These are just some signs, there are many others. The best thing you can do is to educate yourself, and then protect yourself, both online and with all your physical documentation.

Yours sincerely,

The NLNA Team

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Members,

Keep up the great work in leading small businesses during tough times.

Our many members in South Australia have led the way in COVID19 compliance and best practice.

See the latest COVID-19 information for South Australians here

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

Current business restrictions for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland

Dear Members,

Queensland is set to ease restrictions for entry to Queensland on 17 December 2021. This is when we expect at least 80% of Queenslanders, 16 years and older, to be double vaccinated. Restrictions may ease if Queensland is 80% double vaccinated before this date.

Some businesses will be required to restrict entry to unvaccinated people from this date. This includes yourself as a business owner and your employees if not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated people will be able to visit or attend (with no capacity restrictions):

  • hospitality venues (e.g. hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes)
  • indoor entertainment venues (e.g. nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres, cinemas)
  • outdoor entertainment activities (e.g. sporting stadiums, theme parks)
  • indoor and outdoor festivals (e.g. musical festivals, folk festivals, arts festivals)
  • Queensland Government-owned galleries, museums, or libraries
  • weddings.

Unvaccinated people will be able to visit essential services (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents, clothing stores, limited retail stores, gyms) and attend funerals. Weddings are restricted to a maximum of 20 people if anyone attending is unvaccinated.

Read more here

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association