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How has live well helped our members during lockdown?

Check out our latest blog from Coach Niall Oates
 
“We recently asked our members how Live Well has helped them during lockdown so that we can continue to improve our service and strive to help people every day during the hard times and the easier times.”
 
👇To read the full blog click here👇
City Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Officer - Georges River Council

Apply for the Test and Isolate support payment

f you need to self-isolate and are unable to work while waiting for your coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Test and Isolate support payment.

NSW workers can apply for the $320 payment if they:

– meet the eligibility criteria

– agree to follow NSW Health self-isolation guidelines while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.

Applications are now open for tests taken on or after 13 August 2021. You’ll need to apply for the payment within 7 days of having the test.

Note: You are not able to apply for the payment at a Service NSW Centre.

City Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Officer - Georges River Council

New way to check in if you don’t have access to a smartphone

From 13 August, people without access to a smartphone can check in quickly and easily to our business using the new NSW Government COVID-19 check-in card.

The COVID-19 check-in card is a hard copy card with an encrypted, unique QR code that contains your registered contact details.

If you don’t have a smartphone, rather than filling out a form, you will now be able to simply show our staff a printed copy of your unique COVID-19 card. Staff will scan the QR code on the card which will populate an online webform with your details and your visit will be registered. Alternatively, if you are able to self-serve, you can scan your card using the link provided on the online webform, and check yourself in.

To sign up for your unique COVID-19 check-in card, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 or you can register at service.nsw.gov.au.

You can use the card to check-in at participating businesses or venues displaying the NSW Government QR code.

Importantly, checking in helps NSW Health contact you quickly if you have been at a venue or business at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case. This is a critical part of protecting you, your family and helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

We’re All In this Together 

I don’t know about you but I’ve really enjoyed watching the Olympics track and field. The highlight for me was watching fellow Australian Ash Moloney in the last event of the Decathlon, the 1500m run. To place third, he had to beat two other particular athletes or not finish more than 9 seconds behind them. On the last lap of the race, it looked like Ash had nothing left, but his teammate and mentor Cedric Dubler ran beside him and scream at him to keep going! It was amazing to watch.
That push and support from his fellow teammate earned him a Bronze Medal. The first time Australia has won a medal in the Decathlon!
This moment reminded me how important it is to have someone to help and support you, especially during the current situation. Things are seeming to fall apart. No one really knows what life will look like in a month. Or even a week. Uncertainty prevails.
Some of you reading this will have lost your job. Or had your hours cut back. Or had your income drop. It’s scary. It’s hard. I understand because, trust me, I’ve been there.
Who can you turn to?
Who turns to you?
We need connection now, more than ever. Take a moment to reach out to someone you love. Even if you haven’t spoken to them in a while.

City Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Officer - Georges River Council

JobSaver payments now available

The NSW Government has announced that JobSaver payments will now be available to businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million, up from $50 million, which have experienced a revenue decline of 30 per cent or more.

The maximum weekly payment has also been substantially increased, with employing businesses that maintain their employee headcount now able receive between $1,500 and $100,000 per week, up from $10,000, with payments based on 40 per cent of their weekly NSW payroll.

Details on how to apply can be found here.

The Federal Government has also announced that COVID-19 disaster payments will increase up to $750, depending on the number of hours of work lost.

Details on how to apply can be found here.

 

Life In Lockdown

In March 2020 Australia went into lockdown, businesses were shut down, ours included and we had to adapt, so we took our members online or outdoors. It seems so long ago now, and not only did we survive it, but we thrived and came out stronger.
Fast forward to July 2021 and we are back in lockdown but this time things are a little different, I can’t leave my area as it has been labelled a hotspot, which becomes a problem due to the fact Live Well is in a different local government area (LGA).

To read more of Coach Chris’s blog while in hard lockdown click below.

“Every decision we make and don’t make leads you to the point you are at now and waiting for the best time may never come and an opportunity is lost. Make a move that will lead you towards the direction you want to be in a year from now and you won’t regret it.”

Quit, Pivot or Thrive?

When things aren’t working out, you can easily blame or look for sympathy from others. Your emotions then send you on a rollercoaster which can translate to wrong decisions.

It would be best to learn how to navigate through the rollercoaster ride so you make the right decisions. This will involve shifting your mindset. Only then will you thrive.

Last year during the nationwide lockdown, one of our members went through this exact process. It resulted in a dramatic transformation. She shifted her mindset and thrived. You can watch Penny’s amazing story below.

I am sure it will empower you during these frustrating times.

Stay committed, healthy and have fun!

Matt Mazzaferro

Life is Tough, But You Must Be Tougher

It’s true. Starting a fitness plan will lead you on THE MOST POWERFUL personal development journey ever.

One day you’re facing big challenges. The next day you’re crushing them.. And winning everything. Then a month later… you’re tackling the next challenge, like LOCKDOWN to continue to the next level. Again and again and again. This is not only in your fitness journey but also in your career path and parenting.

Embrace it all. Because it doesn’t get easier the further you progress. The problems and challenges get bigger, but you get the opportunity to continue growing stronger and more powerful with every turn.

Sounds fun? I believe there’s nothing better than the journey!

Keep growing and stay committed to your success!

Coach Matt

City Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Officer - Georges River Council

Latest Covid-19 update for small businesses – Support Package

The NSW Government has announced an economic support package aimed at helping businesses affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Key features of the package include:

  • The business grants program announced two weeks ago has been expanded, with grants between $7500 and $15,000 soon to be available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.
  • A new grant program has been announced for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
  • A new business and employee support program will be delivered together with the Commonwealth to provide cashflow support to businesses to help them retain staff.
  • Businesses will benefit from payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.
  • Commercial, retail and residential landlords liable for land tax will be eligible for a land tax concession where they reduce the rent of their tenant.

Further information will be available on the Service NSW website in the coming days: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses.

 

 

Lockdown 2.0

We are grateful every day that we can still help our members live a healthier and happier life no matter the conditions.

Our members are experiencing miracle mornings during this time, and there’s nothing better than an early morning stretch to start the day.

Live Well is still open for business in the great outdoors making it work for our members.