Australia Sydney news: NSW business chief pleads for construction restart; Day one in Central West lockdown

00:50  21 july  2021
00:50  21 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Here's what you need to know this morning.

Business NSW pleads for construction restart

Construction businesses in Sydney's lockdown zone are lobbying to be let out early, for the economy.

Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter said construction workers should be allowed back on sites on Monday July 26, four days before the city is scheduled to leave lockdown.

"It is estimated the construction industry closedown is going to cost the NSW economy between $800 million and $1 billion a week, in addition to the wider lockdown making this a $2 billion per week problem for businesses," Mr Hunter said.

"By announcing a re-opening date of next Monday, it will give those businesses without a proper COVID Safe plan time to develop one."

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During the last Melbourne lockdown, construction sites were able to continue with a 25 per cent reduction in large-scale sites' workforces and a maximum of five workers and a supervisor for smaller jobs.

Central West lockdown 'tough but appropriate'

Three local government areas in the state's Central West are in a seven-day lockdown.

Yesterday evening a crisis cabinet meeting imposed stay-at-home orders for Orange, Blayney, and the Cabonne Shire Council after a COVID-19 positive truck driver visited the region last Friday and Saturday.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the lesson to be learnt from how quickly the Delta strain was spreading in Sydney was to lock down immediately, hard and fast.

"This is tough but it's appropriate, and if we go hard, fast, and local as we've done this time, we'll be out of this lockdown quite quickly," Mr Barilaro said.

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From today, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, education, exercise, and medical appointments.

However, unlike Sydney's lockdown construction, retail, and schools will remain open.

The orders are due to be lifted at 12:01am on Wednesday, July 28.

Stabbing charges after Bass Hill brawl

Two men have been charged for their role in an alleged stabbing in Bass Hill in Sydney's south west.

Police arrested the men following investigations into an alleged brawl in a shopping complex car park last week.

A 21-year-old man faces multiple charges, including wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He is set to appear in court today.

A 24-year-old man has also been charged and issued an infringement notice for not complying with the current health orders.

Profits slump for regionals due to Sydney crisis

Tourism groups in Far West NSW say visitor numbers have slumped with Sydney's COVID crisis, which highlights their reliance on the east coast for business.

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Chair of the Menindee Regional Tourism Association Rob Gregory said visitor numbers had dropped to their lowest level in a year.

He said about 90 per cent of the town's tourists came from the east coast and Greater Sydney, and with the city's COVID lockdown dragging on, there were only a few tourists around town at the moment.

"It's gone back to what it was like probably round March from last year, when we had a few around and things started to slow off," he said.

"Certainly a shame what's happening. It's hurting us and it's hurting the community, particularly now we've got lots of water in."

Fines for bosses who break health orders

Employers who prevent their staff from working from home will face an on-the-spot fine of $10,000 from today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the tough penalty on Saturday in a bid to further reduce mobility and the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.

Yesterday, she said workplaces and households were the two biggest risks for getting or transmitting coronavirus.

NSW recorded 78 locally transmitted cases yesterday, 21 of those were infectious while in the community and eight were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

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