Fairfield mayor lashes out at NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for not contacting him during Sydney outbreak
The mayor of Fairfield has criticized the government of New South Wales and Sydney’s eastern suburbs, saying that there is a clear double standard and that his area is doing the ‘hard yards’ while the people of Bondi are ‘partying’.
Frank Carbone appeared on The Edge 96.1 to talk about local government’s continued position as Sydney’s coronavirus ground-zero, saying banning residents from going to work would hurt the entire city.
He also hit suburban residents, including Bondi and Vaucluse, and said they unfairly avoided criticism.
“There is a problem with the way Western Sydney is being labeled. We are the scapegoat for these problems and it is not fair,” he said.
‘Fairfield sticks to this, unlike Bondi where they throw parties outside, we actually go the extra mile here.’
Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool cannot leave their LGA unless they are an essential worker, leaving thousands of people unable to earn a living
Mayor Carbone says residents of the east, including Bondi, have avoided criticism for their part in Sydney’s latest coronavirus outbreak
“If you don’t allow people from Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown to go to work, supermarkets all over Sydney will close,” said Mayor Carbone.
Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool cannot leave their LGA unless they are essential workers, leaving thousands of people unable to earn a living.
Mr Carbone says stopping Western Sydneysiders from working will end some of the most essential businesses during the lockdown.
“If you don’t allow people from Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown to go to work, supermarkets all over Sydney will close,” he told the show.
“You need drivers, you need logistics, a lot of these people are from the west of Sydney. we are the engine room.
“People have a hard time knowing if they’re on the authorized list. People want to do the right thing, but they need to know what the right thing to do is.’
He also said the high number of cases in the area was the result of a greater sense of community and family in Sydney’s west, as opposed to the suburbs to the east.
‘We have more households and are more dependent on family support.
“The virus will naturally spread rapidly in western sydney and the numbers will multiply.”
One of the hosts replied: ‘Yes, a wimpy person in the Vaucluse can hide in their mansion and only one or two people live in it.’
‘Fairfield obeys, unlike Bondi where they party outside, we actually go the extra mile here’
Mr Carbone says stopping work for western Sydneysiders will end some of the most essential businesses during lockdown
Eastern Suburbs Residents Congregate in Centennial Park
Mr Carbone deplored the ‘finger pointing’ in politics, saying politicians had ‘divided the city’.
“Why are you imposing sanctions on our community, why call the police if it’s not a criminal response, it’s a medical response.”
He claims they heard from Health Secretary Brad Hazzard only “once at the beginning” and that there is “disappointment” and “anger” at the way officials have handled their outbreak.
“It shouldn’t be an 11 o’clock press conference. There is anger because it started in the east and was out of control and no one pointed the finger from our area,” he said.
“Once it got to Western Sydney, everyone started blaming Western Sydney.”
The 78 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday night are lower than the 98 additional cases recorded the day before
A pedestrian walks along the boardwalk at Bondi Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Tuesday morning. NSW Health has announced 78 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which have yet to be linked to known cases
NSW recorded 78 new Covid-19 cases overnight – with 27 in the community while contagious.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian released the new figures on Tuesday when she warned residents of local government areas of Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield that they could be carrying the virus even if they have no symptoms.
She said more than two-thirds of the state’s new cases were still found in those three regions.
Officials also confirmed that a woman in her 50s had died of Covid-19 in southwestern Sydney; she is the mother of two movers who have traveled to regional NSW with the virus.
Of the 49 linked cases, 45 are household contacts and 4 close contacts.
The 78 positive results in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday night came from 62,860 tests. NSW Health said 29 of the new infections have yet to be linked to known cases.
The outbreak of infections that started on June 16 in the eastern suburbs of Sydney has now reached 1,418 infections.
Greater Sydney is going through its fourth week of strict stay-at-home lockdown restrictions to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain.
“If you live in a community where there are a lot of cases, even if you don’t have any symptoms, don’t assume you don’t have the virus,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“In communities where the virus is lurking, where the virus is circulating, you can have the virus, not know it and unfortunately take it home and give it to your loved ones.”
An employee was pictured Tuesday at a drive-through testing clinic on Bondi Beach. Sydney has been in strict home isolation for four weeks to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta Covid-19 variant