A lawyer who sent Gladys Berejiklian flowers as she battles Sydney’s Covid outbreak has shared her delight after the premier responded with a handwritten thankyou note – but not everyone was impressed with the personal response.
Tania Waterhouse, a partner at Waterhouse Lawyers, sent a bouquet to the embattled leader earlier this month to thank her for her service to the state.
While the gift did not include her contact details, Ms Waterhouse was chuffed when a personal letter from the premier arrived at her law firm days later.
‘My dad used to send to send flowers to the prime minister at The Lodge whenever he thought they were doing a great job,’ Ms Waterhouse wrote on LinkedIn.
Tania Waterhouse has shared her correspondence with Gladys Berejiklian after she sent the premier flowers to thank the leader for her service to New South Wales
‘I sent flowers to Glad because I think she is copping a lot of flak and is doing a wonderful job, particularly the singles bubble. And that she needed our support.
‘I didn’t give my contact details on the card so she wouldn’t have to bother replying. Her staff must have contacted the florist and Gladys actually wrote a personal message.’
Ms Waterhouse said she was ‘tickled pink’ to receive a reply, sharing a photo of the note, dated August 3.
‘Dear Tania,’ the letter begins.
‘Thank you for the beautiful flowers and for taking the time to write to me with your kind message.
‘Your support means so much and will inspire me to work even harder for the people of NSW. Your best wishes are really appreciated.
‘Yours faithfully, Gladys Berejiklian MP Premier.’
The note appeared to be typed by Ms Berejiklian’s administrative team before the premier amended it with a pen, changing the address to ‘Dear Tania’.
‘I hope you won’t need the singles bubble for too long,’ the premier added.
A photo of the letter (pictured) the premier sent to Ms Waterhouse has gone viral, leaving Australians divided over Ms Berejiklian’s handling of the Covid crisis
Ms Berejiklian tracked down Ms Waterhouse to thank her for the flowers, adding that she hoped the lawyer wouldn’t need the single’s bubble for too long
Ms Waterhouse’s post went viral online, with hundreds of people praising both women for their kind gestures.
‘Wow. Massive fan girl here too, gives me yet another reason to believe she is the best premier we’ve had in forever,’ one person wrote.
‘With all that is going on, it says something about her that she takes the time to acknowledge and write back,’ another added.
‘I love this. Great gesture and shows how great she is that even though she is the busiest person ever she took the time to reply,’ a third said.
But others were unimpressed.
‘She has a very strange idea of what constitutes ”doing a wonderful job”,’ one man tweeted.
‘Plague spreading in western Sydney, compromising people’s lives and livelihoods but.. Great singles bubble premier!’ another wrote.
‘This is the most deranged thing I’ve ever seen and it has ruined my week,’ another declared.
‘Can we get a welfare check on everyone involved please?’ someone else wrote.
Ms Berejiklian has come under fire over whether the state should locked down faster and harder when the outbreak of the Delta variant began in June.
After eight weeks of lockdown NSW reported 633 new locally acquired cases on Wednesday, smashing the previous daily record by 155.
One person praised the women as ‘inspiring’ for their kind gestures towards one another
However, others were not impressed by the interaction between the pair, deeming it odd
The worrying figures comes as leading epidemiologist has warned daily Covid case numbers could spiral to more than 2200.
Professor James McCaw – who specialises in infectious disease dynamics – says daily infection numbers could skyrocket in the next month.
‘Our models show the possibility of increases and decreases, but I think it’s more likely to be well over 1000 and up to 2000 within a month or so,’ he told Nine newspapers on Thursday.
NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns said no-one wanted a stricter lockdown ‘but the alternative is too grim to bear at this point’.
‘We can’t face a prospect of 2000 daily cases. It would be too much of a stretch on our health system,’ he told the ABC on Thursday.