Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, said today any roadmap for regional recovery must include rural townships in Cardinia who were caught up in Stage 4 metropolitan restrictions.
The Premier today confirmed that regional Victoria would be given a different roadmap to that of metropolitan Melbourne.
Mr Blackwood said that Stage 4 which had been imposed right across the greater metropolitan area, by default, had included rural townships which in no way were connected to metropolitan Melbourne.
‘The Premier when rolling out Stage 4 in a rush included all of Cardinia Shire as part of the lockdown zone,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘These townships are in now way connected to the metropolitan region. They are small rural townships, farming communities and primary production areas.
‘The Premier, Minister for Health and Chief Health Officer have an opportunity to fix this mistake, unlock these communities and let them get on with life as part of regional Victoria under more flexible health directives.
‘Many of these communities have worked hard to keep cases very low, or never had a single case.
‘The next phase of restrictions for these rural areas must reflect an appreciation of their country character and the very small cases of infection,’ Mr Blackwood said.
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