Mayor of Shellharbour blasts Gladys Berejiklian for leaving the area in lockdown

Mayor of town 100km from Sydney blasts Gladys Berejiklian for leaving the area in lockdown for another month despite ZERO Covid cases

  • Shellharbour Mayor has criticised Premier’s decision to keep area in lockdown
  • Marianne Saliba believes area is being treated differently to other parts of NSW
  • Saliba has written letter to NSW Health Minister asking for lockdown to end 
  • Shellharbour has had no Covid cases since a casual contact reported June 18

A coastal town more than 100km from Sydney that has zero Covid cases should not still be locked down for another month, its furious mayor insists.

Shellharbour, just south of Wollongong an hour from Sydney, has been free of coronavirus since since a casual contact report in mid-June.

However, it was locked down along with Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and the Central Coast and is staring at months of shutdown.

Mayor Marianne Saliba lashed out NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a series of outraged Facebook pasts and media statements.

Shellharbour City Council Mayor Marianne Saliba has blasted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian demanding that the city be released from lockdown restrictions

‘We condemn the decision to include the City of Shellharbour in Public Health Orders that extend the stay-at-home requirements for a further four weeks,’ she said in a joint statement with local state MP Gareth Ward.

The pair also condemned the government lifting restrictions in NSW central-west, where a few towns were briefly locked down over a Covid scare.

Country town Orange went into a seven-day lockdown on July 20 after a pet food driver infected a local factory worker.

‘In contrast, the Central West has been released from lockdown when its last known case was 20 July,’ the two politicians continued. 

Shellharbour Mayor has continued her tirade against NSW Premier on Facebook in a series of posts

Shellharbour Mayor has continued her tirade against NSW Premier on Facebook in a series of posts 

Mayor Saliba has written to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard demanding answers to Shellharbour City remaining in lockdown despite no COVID cases since a casual contact in mid June

Mayor Saliba has written to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard demanding answers to Shellharbour City remaining in lockdown despite no COVID cases since a casual contact in mid June

‘The people of Shellharbour should be rewarded for their hard work and following the rules. Our community should not be treated differently to other parts of the state.’

Mayor Saliba also wrote to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard demanding Shellharbour City be immediately released from lockdown. 

‘The inconsistency, the double standards, the lack of transparency and absence of communication demonstrated by the NSW Government and NSW Health in the mishandling of the Covid-19 lockdown in Shellharbour City is absolutely appalling,’ he wrote.

‘Treat Shellharbour City the same as you have other parts of the state.’ 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) has added tighter restrictions that include Shellharbour but has welcomed back construction in non-occupied setting which is set to begin on July 31

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) has added tighter restrictions that include Shellharbour but has welcomed back construction in non-occupied setting which is set to begin on July 31

Mayor Saliba and Mr Ward requested a meeting with Mr Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Kerry Cahnt to discuss the issue.

Six million people in Sydney and surrounds including Shellharbour are from Friday limited to shopping within their local council or 10km from their homes.

However, construction in non-occupied settings will restart from midnight on Saturday.

Tradespeople, including cleaners who are able to work with zero contact with residents, will also be allowed to resume. 

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