SYDNEY HAS TO EMERGE STRONGER
Opinion piece written by Chris Minns the Leader of the NSW State Opposition Labour Party
There is no doubt Greater Sydney is going through one of the toughest periods we will ever have to face.
But when the going gets tough, Sydneysiders get tougher.
And as we pass the six week lockdown mark, I have been in awe of the way the people of Greater Sydney, particularly South West and Western Sydney – who are facing some of the strictest lockdown measures, have banded together and done the right thing – stayed at home, got tested, and got vaccinated.
In the last week alone we’ve seen 500,000 doses in arms – let’s keep it going. Vaccinations are the key to ending lockdown, so I urge you to get out there and get vaccinated as soon as you can. It’s too important.
The reason we must all follow the rules and adhere to the stay-at-home orders, the reason we have to get out there and get vaccinated, is not just for yours and your family’s sake but we’re doing it for everyone else too.
We are doing it for the taxi drivers who have lost work, the restaurants who can’t open, the tradies and labourers stuck at home, for the hairdressers, retail workers and hospitality workers who have lost work or hours, for our kids who should be in school, and of course for the frontline workers who are out there every day putting their lives on the line.
The whole country is counting on us, as the nation’s biggest state, to beat this – and we won’t let them down.
We can’t pretend that the lockdown ends and life goes back to normal. For thousands of workers and businesses, lives will be forever changed.
I want to make this pledge to you – to keep Sydney Strong and even stronger on the other side of this lockdown.
We cannot and will not forget about these communities right across Greater Sydney, particularly in those 8 LGAs, there is a need for a massive rebuild and recovery effort.
NSW Labor will not let anyone send the recovery bill to those who can least afford it.
Keeping Sydney strong will mean more financial support is required from the NSW Government to help get businesses and workers through – and any such support will get NSW Labor’s backing, because we are all in this together.
Stay safe, stay home, stay Sydney Strong.