26 August 21
I write in relation to your announcement this morning that the lockdown of Regional NSW would be extended until Friday 10 September. This announcement is a bitter blow for many in our community.
Despite what the media might say, the people of Northern NSW are willing to do their part and protect themselves and their loved ones. Unfortunately, the NSW Government is not providing the support necessary to allow this to happen.
We have seen vaccines diverted from Regional NSW despite our communities being some of those most at risk and ill-equipped to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
We have seen your Government refuse to resource a border checkpoint in the Northern Rivers despite the anxiety, stress, and burden this places on our border towns.
What we haven’t seen is the financial support that allows our businesses to survive, our people to stay employed, and our communities to stay at home.
We have been told that ‘we are all in this together’, but for the people of Regional NSW all we have shared in is the suffering.
Give our community the financial support to stay at home and give us access to vaccinations.
Tamara Smith MP
Member for Ballina