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As many of you will be aware, a request to re-open Lord Howe Island through a repeal of the current Public Health Order followed a resolution by the Lord Howe Island Board at its meeting of 8 September 2020.
A potentially destructive termite has been discovered on Lord Howe Island. Coptotermes termites are widely distributed on mainland Australia and include the most destructive species which damage timber houses and structures.
The Lord Howe Island Board will meet on Tuesday 8 September 2020.
The meeting will be held at the Public Hall with mainland based Board Members joining by teleconference.
The meeting agenda and open papers are available on the Lord Howe Island Board website.
Last night the Lord Howe Island Board was advised that the Minister for Health has extended the Lord Howe Island Health Order.
On 20 August 2020 the Full Board met to discuss the Public Health Order (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) (the Order). The Board considered the advice from a range of sources including NSW Health and the inputs of a survey of Islanders (over 200 responses to date).
COVID-19 and the subsequent NSW Health Order has had a significant impact on LHI. The LHI Board understands the strain that it has caused the island community both socially and economically. We ask all members of the community to complete a voluntary survey so that we can better understand community preparedness for opening.
Confirmation has just been received that the Minister for Health has signed a new Public Health Order (No.3) for Lord Howe Island. The Order will effectively continue restrictions on travel to the island until 31 August.
Details will be further confirmed when the Order is able to be viewed. However, it is apparent that:
As you will be aware, the LHI Public Health Order No. 2 has restricted access to the island and is due to expire on 3 August. Effectively, this meant that the island would be open to tourism from that date.
The NSW Government has eased the following restrictions from today 1 July 2020. There are a number of changes applying to all of NSW.