Shadow Minister for Central Coast and Wyong MP, David Harris, is calling on the community to support each other, not turn on each other, and follow the COVID rules so everyone can move through the lockdown as soon as possible.
The NSW Government announced on Tuesday, July 27 that the lockdown would not end on July 31 as hoped because of the public health risk from the 150 Central Coast residents who attended a mass rally in Sydney on July 24 as well as five new COVID cases confirmed in the 2262 postcode area.
“Our whole community is being impacted by a set of circumstances which are challenging for even the most resilient people amongst us,” Harris said.
“People’s livelihoods, their businesses and their mental health are under severe pressure, more than even during the 2020 lockdown.
“People are worried about how they will pay their bills, their rent, and their mortgages and they are worried, even scared about what they will do even when the lockdown ends.
“In this environment people will make decisions which might not, in hindsight, be the best for them or the community.
“Unfortunately, there are no silver bullet solutions in circumstances such as we currently face and only through following the restrictions and trying to get vaccinated can we move through the current situation,” Harris said.
He said that NSW Labor had been calling for improved vaccination opportunities including a Coast-based mass vaccination Hub; reintroduction of the Jobkeeper program to better support workers through this crisis and streamlined and improved access to business grants, particularly micro businesses.
Labor is also calling for a reduction in Central Coast restrictions when it is safe to do so (following health advice) and improved Community Mental Health services which are sustained even after lockdown.
“What I do ask from Central Coast people at this time, is that we do not turn on each other,” Harris said.
“Under pressure people don’t necessarily make the best decisions, but attacking each other through social media and other avenues will not make the lockdown end earlier.
“We ask that people across the Central Coast reflect on their decisions and actions every day through lenses which focus on possible impacts on the whole community.
“I want to commend and thank those individuals and organisations who are everyday out supporting our community through delivering food and looking after vulnerable people across the Central Coast, in this difficult time – they are real heroes.
“Now is the time to be supporting each other, following the rules and moving through this situation as soon as we can,” Harris said.
Verified Information Source: Media release, July 27 Shadow Minister Central Coast, Wyong MP, David Harris. Interview July 26, 2021 Skaie Hull.