Village Voice: January 2022

Twenty Twenty-Two

As I wondered what to say to welcome 2002, my mind kept wandering back to the movie Mary Poppins, and Dick Van Dyke singing:

Winds in the east, mist comin’ in
Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ’bout to begin.
Can’t put me finger on what lies in store,
But I feel what’s to happen all happened before.

2022 will again be a “pandemic year”. National cabinet met this week, made some announcements, then the States made some more announcements and then as I write this more announcements are being made and the Covid booster vaccine will now be available from 4 months and then by the end of January the booster interval will be 3 months. I do expect that over the coming weeks we also may see some changes in preventative measures such as density limits and other restrictions, but I do not expect to see a return to lockdowns and mass closures – after all – 2022 is an election year.

2022 will be an election year both Federally and State, there is no doubt we will hear promises from both sides as politicians and parties begin their campaigns. We don’t know when the Federal election will be called, however we do know that on Saturday 26th of November, the State Election will be held. Once the local candidates are known, we will invite the Labour, Liberal and Greens candidates to introduce themselves and briefly speak at a Residents’ meeting.

2022 will be a “La Nina” year. La Nina is the weather pattern that occurs when the equatorial trade winds become stronger and the western Pacific ocean is warmer. We can expect increased rainfall across Australia, cooler daytime temperatures but warmer nights, longer but less intense heatwaves in Southern Australia but more intense ones in Western Australia.

I am absolutely confident that whatever 2022 brings, the Village will continue to be a wonderful place to live, receive services from and work.

Kim Jackson, CEO