It's been a busy week in the Port Macquarie-Hastings, with three new venues of concern linked to a positive COVID case, Headspace Day highlighting the importance of mental health and council welcoming funding for studies to improve operations and monitor the health of Lake Innes, Lake Cathie and Cathie Creek.
At the Port News we also delved into some people stories this week to find out how the pandemic and lockdowns have impacted them. These included speaking with local coffee roasters who are preparing for a price hike for coffee beans, a doctor on Lord Howe Island who is encouraging people to get vaccinated prior to travel and international medical students who are caught up in bureaucratic red tape.
From Monday, October 11, it's set to be even busier across NSW as COVID restrictions ease for people who are fully vaccinated.
Coming up next week we have a story with some local businesses who will be kickstarting the path to freedom and how they feel about the easing of restrictions.
We also have an insight into a luxury apartment building that's in the pipeline for Pacific Drive as well as a profile piece on surf coach Wayne Hudson and his inspiring message.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank those of you in the community who sent us your weather shots of the storm that rolled through the region on October 1, they were some incredible photos. One of them is featured above and was taken by Alex McNaught.
As we head into Spring, we encourage those who are out snapping pictures of storms to send them through to us to be featured in a gallery.