Statement Regarding Latest COVID-19 Restriction

We all want to return to normality – or at least a version that resembles some form of

normality and a life that we have always enjoyed.

In a democratic society I know it seems ludicrous to tell people where they can and

can’t go; what they can and can’t do; who they can and can’t visit; and when they have

to be home.

However these are extraordinary, challenging and difficult times.

I have spoken to a number of people in my electorate of Campbelltown and throughout

Western and South Western Sydney who understandably feel like we have been

singled out and let down by the NSW Government.

The outbreak may have started in the eastern suburbs of Sydney but Western and

South Western Sydney seems to have unjustifiably copped the brunt of the blame.

But make no mistake, the extent of this outbreak and the ramifications of the

subsequent response fall square at the feet of the NSW Government.

The messaging and communication with NSW residents – particularly those in Western

and South Western Sydney – can only be described as diabolical.

In uncertain times like these we need clear leadership – not a Premier and Government

that appear to be more concerned with polls rather than people.

Many of us are incensed with the extension of lockdown restrictions and the introduction

of a curfew.

However, I believe if there had been better communication with our region’s residents

from the NSW Government, the level of angst, frustration and anger would be much,

much lower than what it is right now.

We also know that the resources, support and decisive action required from the NSW

Government to curb the spread in our region has not been forthcoming.

The curfews and restrictions the government have put in place are reactive but what we

really need is a long-term approach to see us through the other side of this current

situation.

Simply the government needs to provide our region with the resources and support that

we have been crying out for.

We need better access to vaccinations, more testing clinics and much clearer

information.

Having people lined up for hundreds of metres waiting for a vaccination or a COVID-19

test is: one, dangerous; and two, absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.

We are doing our bit in Western and South Western Sydney to curb the spread – it’s

time the NSW Government did likewise.

We also know that the resources, support and decisive action required from the NSW

Government to curb the spread in our region has not been forthcoming.

The curfews and restrictions the government have put in place are reactive but what we

really need is a long-term approach to see us through the other side of this current

situation.

Simply the government needs to provide our region with the resources and support that

we have been crying out for.

We need better access to vaccinations, more testing clinics and much clearer

information.

Having people lined up for hundreds of metres waiting for a vaccination or a COVID-19

test is: one, dangerous; and two, absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.

We are doing our bit in Western and South Western Sydney to curb the spread – it’s

time the NSW Government did likewise.

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