Liberal MP tells Brad Hazzard to STOP for letting Covid-positive ‘I’m a Celebrity’ crew in Byron

A Liberal MP has called on Health Minister Brad Hazzard to resign after he had a reality show filmed in Byron Bay with a crew member who tested positive for coronavirus.

The counties of Byron and Tweed were put into rapid lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after a case was registered in the area.

The person has since been revealed as a fully vaccinated female crew member on Channel Ten’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia.

Liberal MP Catherine Cusack said she was “stunned” by the news that the worker was allowed to fly from Sydney and called for the resignation of Mr Hazzard, her colleague for granting the exemption.

“I call on Brad Hazzard to resign for having ignored the regions and I hold him personally responsible for the new closure and destruction of the progress we have made on the border settlement with Queensland,” Ms Cusack said on Tuesday.

“Sydney coming out of lockdown will be a disaster for the regions unless Sydney is prevented from traveling out of the city.”

The person responsible for the snap Byron and Tweed shire lockdown is a crew member on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia Pictured: Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris

Liberal MP Catherine Cusack (pictured right with NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian on the left) called for Brad Hazzard's resignation after the case was contagious in Byron and Tweed

Liberal MP Catherine Cusack (pictured right with NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian on the left) called for Brad Hazzard’s resignation after the case was contagious in Byron and Tweed

“I am calling on Brad Hazzard to resign for ignoring the regions and I personally hold him responsible for the new lockdown,” Ms Cusack said.

The Byron Shire, Kempsey and Tweed Shire areas all went into lockdown for seven days from 5pm on Tuesday.

The woman, who has been fully vaccinated, arrived on Virgin Flight VA 1141 from Sydney to Ballina on Saturday morning and was contagious for two days while working in Byron, Ballina and Tweed.

Mr Hazzard said the lockdown would initially last for seven days, subject to further review.

Ms Cusack denounced the NSW government and the Minister of Health for repeatedly endangering the regions.

“The regions are not ready because we haven’t had access to vaccines. We haven’t had the same rules to speed up vaccination, and we’re ducks,” she said.

“Our health system will not be able to cope and our indigenous communities are at enormous risk.”

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, an ITV Studios Australia spokesperson confirmed that an I’m A Celebrity crew member has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘ITV Studios Australia is filming I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Northern NSW in accordance with public health regulations and restrictions, as well as its own comprehensive CovidSAFE plan, which is in line with Screen NSW guidelines for film and television production,” the spokesperson said.

“We take our CovidSAFE plan very seriously. The health, safety and well-being of the community, as well as our cast and crew, is our number one priority.

Crew: In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesperson for ITV Studios Australia confirmed that an I'm A Celebrity crew member has tested positive for Covid-19.  In the photo: last year's cast

Crew: In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesperson for ITV Studios Australia confirmed that an I’m A Celebrity crew member has tested positive for Covid-19. In the photo: last year’s cast

Mr Hazzard said the lockdown would initially last for seven days.  Ms Cusack reprimanded the NSW government and the Minister of Health for repeatedly endangering the regions

Mr Hazzard said the lockdown would initially last for seven days. Ms Cusack reprimanded the NSW government and the Minister of Health for repeatedly endangering the regions

Lockdown: Byron Shire, Kempsey and Tweed Shire areas all went into lockdown for seven days from 5pm on Tuesday after a Covid-infected Sydney resident flew in on Saturday and tested positive on Monday

Lockdown: Byron Shire, Kempsey and Tweed Shire areas all went into lockdown for seven days from 5pm on Tuesday after a Covid-infected Sydney resident flew in on Saturday and tested positive on Monday

“We can confirm that one of our crew members has tested positive for COVID-19. This discovery was made through the rigorous testing regime implemented by our CovidSAFE plan. The crew member is fully vaccinated and wore PPE while working.’

‘The crew member is fully vaccinated and wore PPE on the job. All of the crew member’s close contacts from ITV production have been identified.

‘They are tested and isolated according to the requirements of NSW Health. ITV provides crew members with all possible support and assistance.

“We are working with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary steps are taken regarding contact tracing, testing and further communication with anyone who needs to isolate.”

They were PCR tested and gave a negative result prior to their departure from Sydney to Northern NSW, and had a second test on the day of arrival as required and that test was positive.

According to TV tonight, the crewmember has “returned to Sydney after testing positive and is in isolation.”

The crew member was not on set or in the studio and production of I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here! Australia was not affected by the positive test.

'ITV Studios Australia is filming I'm A Celebrity¿ Get Me Out Of Here!  in Northern NSW in accordance with public health regulations and restrictions, as well as its own comprehensive CovidSAFE plan, which is in line with Screen NSW guidelines for film and television production,

‘ITV Studios Australia is filming I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Northern NSW in accordance with public health regulations and restrictions, as well as its own comprehensive CovidSAFE plan, which is in line with Screen NSW guidelines for film and television production,” the spokesperson said.

Return: According to TV Tonight, the crew member has 'returned to Sydney and in isolation after their positive test'

Return: According to TV Tonight, the crew member has ‘returned to Sydney and in isolation after their positive test’

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