An open letter to Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch.
I write on two matters.
Firstly, the need for border checkpoints at the Hawkesbury River – M1, Old Pacific Hwy, Wisemans Ferry and Hawkesbury River Station.
If there had been a border checkpoint then it is doubtful COVID-19 would have leaked into the Hunter Region, Tamworth, Armidale, Guyra and the Byron, Lismore and Richmond River Regions.
It is a “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted” scenario, but as there are so many ignoring the lockdown restrictions south of the Hawkesbury River, we need to be protected north of the river and into the regions to the north of us.
Secondly, why are we part of Greater Sydney?
We are supposed to be a legislated Central Coast Region, but it is unclear where it starts and ends.
The media include Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in the Central Coast almost daily.
In some aspects we are included in Sydney and in others the Hunter.
Even (with) the weather – Hunter applies to us.
Where do we actually belong?
Your government seems to put us where they know it suits them so often.
The most recent example is the Central Coast Pfizer doses being redirected to the Sydney outbreak; they were supposed to be diverted from regional areas, yet we are “part of Greater Sydney”.
The government needs to make up its mind.
No wonder everyone is totally confused.
The Central Coast needs clear explanations on what/where it is.
It also needs to see its citizens protected from this virus pandemic.
None of this seems to be happening.
If we had a petition requesting a checkpoint to be set up to stop those ignoring lockdown Public Health Orders in the Sydney hotspots, I am sure we would have 20,000 signatures for presentation to Parliament in a short time.
You standing up for the Central Coast would be appreciated especially as we are currently dealing with substantial local government rate increases with water and sewerage increases to follow.
Looking forward to your response.
Email, Aug 11
Neil Keele, Terrigal