MORE than 350 food parcels have been distributed in recent months as part of Albury Council's COVID assistance.
Details of the aid were outlined to councillors as part of a briefing on the city's COVID response and recovery by the council's deputy chief executive Tracey Squire.
The hamper tally includes 196 handed out at Mirambeena Community Centre since July, 108 at Glenecho Community Centre and 57 just in the last week of October from the Westside Community Centre with a focus on the Aboriginal community.
The council has been collaborating with Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare and the NSW Department of Communities and Justice on the packages which bread, milk, fruit and vegetables and non-perishable items.
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Meanwhile, air flights between Albury and Brisbane are set to resume next month.
Ms Squire reported Qantas would restart the route on December 9, with five flights per week scheduled from December 20.
The impact of this spring's Delta outbreak and border closures was reflected in data for Albury's visitor information centre service.
Walk-in patrons totalled 63 in September and 171 in October, compared to 188 and 322 for the same months in 2020 which was a period when NSW border checkpoints were in place.
Numbers accessing the visitalburywodonga.com website were well down in September, at 7837 in contrast to 16,558 for that month in 2020.
In some good news the October number rose to 10,575, better than the 8050 recorded for the same month last year and reflective of the move to open borders and set out road maps.
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