22 July 2021
Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP welcomes the news that the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian is looking at considering easing restrictions for the Central Coast if there are no cases of COVID-19 in the community over the coming days.
“Central Coast residents have followed all the restrictions put in place by the NSW Government and as a result, are doing a fantastic job at keeping our community safe,” Ms Wicks said.
“I am glad to see the Premier acknowledge that our region should be considered separately from Greater Sydney, particularly given there is no evidence of community transmission across the Central Coast.
“I do not want to anticipate the outcome of this consideration, but I do think it makes good sense to reevaluate the Central Coast as a separate region to Greater Sydney when it comes to lockdown restrictions.
“I know the easing of restrictions would be very welcome for many local residents and businesses who don’t understand why we are included in Greater Sydney.
“I welcome the Premier recognising the Central Coast as a separate region to Greater Sydney and hope this continues for a range of government decisions including infrastructure investments, grants and a range of other important decisions affecting our region.
In a press conference yesterday, the NSW Premier said “when we say greater metropolitan Sydney, I don’t reiterate it enough and sometimes we neglect that obviously the Central Coast and Wollongong are included in that but we are also looking at opportunities to perhaps address those regions in a particular way given we can keep the virus out from particular parts of NSW.”