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Underbool Press

The Press has resumed using a roster system to type and print each week.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to be on the roster and type. More volunteers are always welcome.

Printed copies of the Press are available from the Underbool Post Office and Pink Lakes Pantry when Covid restrictions allow.


Mallee Border Health Centre

Di Thornton, Nurse Practitioner, is available by appointment on her usual day – Tuesday in

Underbool .

Appointments can be made by calling 08 8577 8065 or mobile 0448522703 or at


Underbool CFA Fire Truck Roster

In the current circumstances and to protect our volunteers we are only permitting one person to take the fire truck out for its weekly run.

Please remember to sign the attendance sheet at the station and to take your mobile phone with you.

The truck can be taken out any day during your rostered week.

Please remember to check the fuel level and organise to fill it if required. We cannot turn out to fires if there is no fuel in the truck.

If you are unable to take the truck out, please contact the Committee Member responsible for your month.

Feb 2021 - 1st Lieut Ron Jackson

28/2      Geoff Lockett

March 2021 - 2nd Lieut Kevin Brown

7/3        Kieran Hayter

14/3      Jack Winslow

21/3      Tim Gloster

28/3      Stephen Lynch



AGM and GM (New Date)

DATE: Tuesday 2nd March 2021

TIME: 7 pm

HELD: Underbool Club House

This is to decide the viability of Golf in Underbool for the future. Any questions give Bev a call after 4 pm on 0401155637


Underbool Progress Group

The Underbool Progress Group Inc. will be holding their 2019-2020 Annual General Meeting, followed by a General Meeting on :

Monday 1st March

At 7pm

At the Underbool Hall.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Thank you all and hope to see you there.

Bev Cummings (Sec).


A.J.Gloster & Sons – Interruption to electricity supply.

Please note that due to the replacement of a power pole there will be no fuel available on

Wednesday 24th February from 9am to 3pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but it is out of our control.


Underbool Bowls News

Sunraysia’s Ladies Singles Champion of Champions, Marie Cummings played at Murray Downs Sunday 21st February in the Murray Mallee Region Championships play off. Marie played a young lass from Tooleybuc. They had a close contest throughout the game with little difference in the scores. On the twenty sixth end Marie took the lead, 20/19, but her opponent took out the next four ends to run out the winner. As Marie said “It was a tough game”. Well done Marie. The Underbool Bowls Club are proud of your efforts.

Social Bowls Saturday 20th February. Yet another hot day forecast, so word went out for anyone interested in playing at 9am. Ten bowlers enjoyed 2 games of eight ends in the cool of the morning. Colleen Gloster and Scott Braemer won their two games and declared winners.

The Ladies Club Championship Fours Final will be played on Sunday 28th. February at 9.30am.

With the weather a bit cooler this week, there will be Social Bowls on Saturday 27th. February.

Good bowling all.


Ready for some exercise?

If you’re interested in getting involved in a Mallee Track HCS exercise program please register your name with Lara Wakefield (0402 045 984 or visit me at the Underbool Bush Nurse Centre on a Tuesday) so that we can organise for an assessment and then program development. The exercise programs will be personalised and people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to be involved. Please also contact Lara for more information.

Medication: It’s your choice. It’s your right.

No matter your age or what medical condition you might have, you have the right to be involved in decisions about your care, including decisions about your medication. Medications can play an important role in helping you live comfortably, stay safe, and live longer, but some can have side effects or not work properly.

That is why you have the right to be provided with information about your medication, and have the right and role to choose an alternative treatment option if it will be more effective for you.

Everyone involved in your care must respect your rights, values and preferences. This includes your GP, nurse, carer, family members, friends or representatives.

Next time you visit your health practitioner take these questions with you, they may help you understand your medication options better

·        What is my diagnosis?

·        How should this medication help?

·        What are the side effects?

·        What could happen if I don’t take it?

·        What are the alternatives (including non-medication)?

·        When can my medication be reviewed?

The reason for asking these questions is to ensure you are making an informed decision; this means you know why you are being prescribed a medication, what other options you have (including not taking the medication), what the risks and benefits of those options are and that you are able to make that decision for yourself without undue pressure from anyone else.

For more information:

Talk to your GP or health care professional


COVID19 Vaccine

The Australian Government aims to have as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous assessment process will ensure all approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. All vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they are approved for use in Australia. This includes careful analysis of clinical trial data, ingredients, chemistry, manufacturing and other factors.

If you want to know more about how COVID-19 vaccines are tested and approved? Check out the video on the Government’s website.

You can also talk to your GP or a health professional about the COVID-19 vaccines and why vaccination is an important part of keeping the community safe and healthy.

Keep up to date with trusted information

The Australian Government want people to obtain trusted and reliable information.  You can find this information and resources, including translated materials, on their COVID-19 vaccines website, and subscribe to receive the COVID-19 Vaccines Updates.

There are two main reasons for the vaccine rollout. The first is to protect members of the public from getting very ill or dying. The second aim is to provide a degree of immunity in the general population that will ultimately stop the virus circulating.

It’s still important that we follow any and all COVID precautions.

Here are some frequently asked questions

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

No, there won’t be a choice for the average person. The current initial rollout of the Pfizer vaccine isn’t enough doses to vaccinate all of Australia. So the first people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine will be frontline health-care workers, including aged care and hotel quarantine officers.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be produced for the general public. It’s hoped that will be rolled out during March.

How will I be monitored for side-effects?

After any vaccination people are observed for about 15-30 minutes, just to check they haven’t had an adverse reaction. That should be the practice for the COVID jab, just the same as for any vaccine.

Should I still have the vaccine if I have an allergy?

That needs to be a conversation between individuals and their doctor, who can advise on a case-by-case basis. But, generally speaking, there are no common allergies that should stop you having a COVID vaccine. If someone has a peanut allergy they can have the vaccine, and the same goes for shellfish, wheat, eggs or any other common allergies.

Will I be fully protected? Do I still need to follow COVID restrictions?

The two vaccines have different efficacy rates — 95% for Pfizer, 62% for AstraZeneca — but these refer to their ability to prevent infection (presence of the virus in your body) rather than disease (the symptoms you experience). The fact is both are very good at preventing serious disease.

This means that, although you may still have a chance of being infected, you are much less likely to develop severe symptoms, and therefore less likely to infect others. Someone with severe COVID might be coughing and spluttering and spreading the virus more easily, while someone without symptoms might not.

Lara Wakefield

Outreach Worker

Mallee Track Health and Community Service

28 Britt St Ouyen

Ph 0402045984


Next typist -March 3rd – Rhonda Lockett -