Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, is demanding Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews implement localised COVID-19 restrictions, rather than his current “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Mr Drum said the Premier’s “roadmap”, released yesterday, was a “roadblock” for regional Victoria and again showed just how little he and his Labor government understood the regions they are supposed to represent.
“Regional Victorians living in areas free of the virus are crying out for greater freedom of movement,” Mr Drum said.
“I’m calling on Mr Andrews to develop a localised approach to lockdowns that are currently crippling people’s lives and businesses across the regions.
“Western and northern Victoria are almost entirely free of coronavirus, yet these people are being treated the same as those in, say, Colac or Geelong.
“Why should a pub, café or gymnasium in Mildura or Swan Hill have to keep its doors shut simply because case numbers in the Latrobe Valley are too high?
“There appears to be no reward for areas that have no COVID-19 cases – it’s completely nonsensical.”
Mr Drum said if a localised COVID-19 outbreak occurred, then that outbreak should be treated with a localised shutdown.
“Nobody wants to see this virus spread anywhere,” Mr Drum said.
“But a blanket approach treating all regional Victorians the same lacks respect, lacks empathy, and is just plain lazy and dumb.”