The 9pm to 5am curfew across LGAs of concern will end tonight following a “heated” meeting between local leaders and the Premier on Tuesday where the mayors urged Ms Berejiklian to ease restrictions in line with the rest of Greater Sydney.
The curfew was first implemented on August 23 – along with a range of tighter measures – in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19 from Western and southwestern Sydney.
NSW Health on Wednesday, however, confirmed it had seen a stabilisation of cases in the high-risk local health districts in recent weeks and as such could remove one restriction.
Daily COVID-19 conferences in NSW ‘really important’ for the public
Stricter stay-at-home measures apply to people living in the LGAs of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and some suburbs of Penrith.
The mayors of many of the LGAs took to social media to welcome Wednesday’s announcement, however, they continue to call on Ms Berejiklian to remove the hotspot declaration.
Burwood Mayor John Faker wrote on his Facebook page it was “fantastic news … but it’s still not enough. I will continue to fight for Burwood to no longer be an LGA of concern”.
Similarly, Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour noted the change in rules “comes just a day after meeting with her and other Mayors of locked down areas”.
twitter
twitter
“I am grateful she has listened and shown goodwill. A step in the right direction and I expect more will come,” he wrote on Twitter.
Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou confirmed in a media statement on Wednesday he would meet with NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in the afternoon to discuss how the government could provide further assistance to the community.
He also lashed out at Ms Berejiklian – accusing her of treating residents of south-west Sydney as “second-class citizens” and ignoring the plights of the community subject to the strict lockdown measures.
The 9pm – 5am curfew for residents of the 12 LGAs of concern will be lifted tonight after NSW Health noted a stabilisation in cases and a significant uptick in vaccination. Picture: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
Mayors of the 12 LGAs of concern have lashed out at Premier Gladys Berejiklian for not doing enough to help residents trapped under tougher stay-at-home restrictions. Picture: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
“Finally, the Premier has listened to my concerns that the Cumberland community and other LGAs were being unfairly penalised with curfews.
“I think it’s a poor reflection on the Government that it has taken this long to come to their senses as my community has been collateral damage,” Mr Christou said.
“It’s fair to say the people of the south-west have been treated as second-class citizens and scapegoats and it’s gratifying that the Premier has now taken these steps after her meeting with all the Mayors yesterday.
“It’s hard to measure the damage these unreasonable imposts on our community have had, not just the economic burden on households and businesses, but the mental health impact, which I am concerned could be long-term.”
NED-3760-NSW’s new COVID restrictions
NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns had called on the Berejiklian government ahead of the announcement to lift the curfew and ease restrictions in the 12 LGAs of concern with the rest of Sydney. 
Speaking to Sky News Australia on Wednesday morning, Mr Minns said a consistent approach to easing restrictions was “the only fair way of ensuring restrictions are complied with by millions of people and there’s a sense of fairness in Australia’s largest city”.
He pointed to suburbs and LGAs like Burwood which has recorded very low case numbers and high vaccination rates in recent weeks – while “across the road” in the City of Sydney and Inner West Council there were higher rates of infection.
“So it doesn’t make sense to millions of people and it feels arbitrary for those that are living under that regime,” Mr Minns said.
The Opposition Leader also welcomed the change in restrictions, tweeting it was “Great” that the state government “has listened”.
Analysis: NSW COVID-19 numbers
Bayside Mayor Joe Awada questioned the NSW Premier on why the hotspot declaration was made for the whole of the Bayside LGA during the virtual meeting. 
His appeal was confirmed in a post on the Bayside Council’s Facebook page, saying “The Mayor had previously written to the Premier asking for urgent consideration to be given to a lockdown of suburbs or postcodes, rather than the entire Local Government Area”. 
‘”Why would keep an LGA under lockdown if you’ve got lower cases, and higher … vaccination?’ he said in a later interview” with 2GB 873 Sydney Talk Radio. 
According to data – updated on September 13 – provided by the Bayside City Council, City of Sydney had 843 active cases, Randwick City had 461 while Bayside Council had 530. 

Recommended Posts

No comment yet, add your voice below!


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *