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Peter Walsh MP:
Regional Victoria Moving to the Third Step

Victoria comes out of the second wave.

By Portal Admin - 22nd September 2020 - Back to News

Theres light at the end of the tunnel as regional Victoria comes out of the second wave.

Weve all had to make choices we never thought wed be asked to make.

As a member for a regional electorate thats been living the daily pain of border closures, I know all too well the sacrifices weve made to get our communities on track to COVID normal.

Regional Victorians dont just live where we do for the sake of it being a close commute to the office.

Its the great outdoors thats right on our doorstep, the local businesses and the overwhelming sense of being united by the pride we have in our community but these are the exact things weve been asked to give up in the past few months.

Weve missed weddings and saying a final farewell to those who are most important to us.

Businesses have closed and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their job.

The local football and netball league, bowls club and other community sports that fall under indoor or contact have been cancelled entirely.

Victorias still the only state to have endured a second wave.

Most gutting is that it could have been avoided Daniel Andrews own inquiry found that 99 per cent of cases were a result of Victorias botched hotel quarantine program.

Combined with poor contact tracing, outbreaks spread like wildfire and forced us into the strictest shutdowns in the nation.

As restrictions ease, I encourage you all to get back into your communities and to engage with your local businesses and service providers theres no question they need your support.

For those who still feel uneasy about travelling, take a holiday in your own town support the hotels and local experiences that are available in your own backyard.

Theres still problems with the roadmap that must urgently be fixed.

Top of this list is problems with movement of the food supply chain particularly interstate which must be resolved if were going to support our farmers to meet growing demand as we head into the busy Christmas period.

Its important we protect our livelihoods and make sure we dont slip into a third wave which will harm our own physical, mental and financial well-being.

The Andrews Labor Government let us down with hotel quarantine, poor contact tracing and its ring of marshmallow around Melbourne that failed to protect us from hotspots in the city.

If our businesses and communities are to have confidence in recovery, the Premier must finally enforce his ring of steel, check people travelling on V/Line and keep the virus in Melbourne we have all sacrificed too much to lose it due to the Andrews Labor Governments incompetence.

There is still so much more to be done, but we thank regional Victorians for the contribution you have made to get us to this point.


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