Australia Sydney construction ban lifted but with caveats

06:49  28 july  2021
06:49  28 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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A closed construction site in Fairfield. © Getty A closed construction site in Fairfield.

Sydney's multi-billion-dollar construction industry will swing back into action on Saturday, except for eight Local Government Areas deemed high-risk Delta zones.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said construction is allowed on unoccupied sites on July 31, unless work sites are located in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, George's River and Campbelltown.

A new system called contactless tradies will also allow some movement in and out of sites, Ms Berejiklian said.

"I want to stress that no construction activity can or will occur in those eight Local Government Areas but outside those areas, non- occupied construction can proceed and the government has worked with industry and with the input of health advice to make sure safety plans are in place.

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The strict lockdowns in Greater Sydney and the state of Victoria were recently extended until July 30 and July 27 respectively, after the situation regarding coronavirus cases failed to improve. On Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the outbreak of the more contagious Delta variant as a "national emergency." Comment: Yep, it's definitely a national emergency when one elderly man dies WITH covid.

"But it is one thing to have those plans and another thing to make sure you stick by those plans and I want to make that very clear."

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said construction workers can go back on-site tomorrow onwards but only to engage in a very narrow band of "preparation work".

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"These are basic works, getting up machinery, maintenance done, preparing your sites (to be safe)," he said.

Deliveries can also be made to sites.

Contactless tradies means tradies can come to a premise, if they do not have contact with anybody, and undertake work.

Works in occupied premises including residential homes can also resume from this Saturday where there is zero contact between workers and residents.

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In NSW, a two-week ban on all construction across greater Sydney is due to come to an end on Saturday, with the premier Gladys Berejiklian under intense pressure from the industry to allow them to work. Berejiklian is expected to make an announcement on restrictions post 30 July on Wednesday. “Please know any decision will be based on the health advice, based on safe practice and based on very stringent Covid safety plans,” she said on Tuesday. “It’s always a balance. We want to stay safe, but we want to allow those who can undertake activities at locations in a safe way.

The premier for Victoria, Daniel Andrews, announced plans to lift the state’s lockdown on Tuesday, which comes into effect from midnight onwards. In a statement, Andrews noted that the decision to lift several measures was thanks to the health workers and citizens who played “their part to keep our community safe from coronavirus” during the almost two-week lockdown. Thousands of people took to Sydney ’s streets on Saturday to protest the extension of lockdown measures until July 30 in New South Wales.

There will be a limit of up to two workers for indoor services and five workers for outdoor services, and works will only be possible where it is feasible for residents to vacate the area. If contactless arrangements are not possible, work cannot go ahead.

Mr Barilaro said contactless tradies will "allow some construction" on homes in Sydney, "but if you cannot achieve that, then those works will not be permitted. This is about making sure that we get construction back up and running."

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet called today's announcement "significant", with construction adding $500 million dollars to the New South Wales economy every week.

More details around the construction restrictions will be made available today, Ms Berejiklian said.

More to come

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