NSW Labor’s calls for the government to ease COVID-19 restrictions in regional and rural NSW are growing louder with many councils and joint organisations throwing their support behind the plan.
The concept has already been backed by a number of councils including Cessnock Council and the Riverina Joint Organisation – now Albury City Council and the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation have also joined the chorus of supporters.
Many rural and regional areas have experienced very little or no cases in recent months yet have been subjected to the same restrictions as those placed on metropolitan councils in Sydney.
Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren MP, said the easing of restrictions would provide a significant boost for councils in regional and rural NSW.
“Applying a bit of common sense regarding the easing of restrictions would make an enormous difference to rural and regional areas throughout NSW,” he said.
“Placing restrictions on communities that have remained largely isolated from the virus seems counterproductive and unnecessary.
“There is no doubt areas located in the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation catchment would really benefit from an easing of restrictions.”
Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation chairperson and Albury City Mayor, Kevin Mack, said these unnecessary restrictions were having a dire impact on the entire community.
“We are calling on our Premier for a ‘road map’ regarding the ‘triggers’ that will release us from the current stranglehold placed on us through border closures,” Cr Mack said.
“This would provide our entire state with a sense of optimism and hope for the future, post-COVID.”