A Wiradjuri man in New South Wales has drawn praise from the Prime Minister for his efforts in communicating health messages to our mob.

Frank Doolan, or Riverbank Frank as many in the state’s west know him, has been giving community health messages online at the request of the Dubbo Regional council.

There has been major concern for the state’s Aboriginal communities as COVID 19 cases have grown in the state’s west prompting a lockdown of all regional and remote communities.

With getting vaccinated and isolating being the only real defense against the virus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave Riverbank Frank a shout-out for his efforts.

Riverbank Frank says he appreciated the Prime Ministers words but there are many like him out there.

While it’s good that Frank’s messages are travelling the distance, it comes after the Wiradjuri man complained about being turned away from a vaccination centre by security.

The man who lives on the side of a riverbank without electricity says the security guard turned him away because he didn’t book online.

In recent weeks there has been an increased focus on First Nations people getting vaccinated and tested after positive cases of COVID 19 were found in regional and remote communities in western New South Wales.