Construction sites essential, exempt from lockdown

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THE New South Wales and Victorian governments have declared construction sites and workplaces are exempt from the state-wide lockdown.

In line with health advice Premier Gladys Berejiklian said non-essential activities and businesses will be temporarily shut down.

But she said essential gatherings such as hospitals, workplaces, constructions sites are exempt and will continue.

Berejiklian’s Victorian counterpart, Premier Daniel Andrews also confirm the shutdown does not apply to building and construction sites, with business as usual for the time being.

Urban Taskforce CEO Tom Forrest welcomed the announcement.

“This announcement is welcome and is a great relief to our members, their employees and families,”

Forrest said construction is a massive component of the NSW economy employing hundreds of thousands of workers, trades, architects, planners, engineers, transport workers and traffic controllers, as well as all the associated staff.

“The building and construction industry will be a critical player in driving the economy through this crisis. We will be even more significant in the recovery from covid-19. We are keen to work with the government on planning reforms to free up investment dollars and ensure the recovery is strong.” Forrest said.

UDIA Victoria chief executive Danni Hunter said looking ahead, the building, construction and development industry will be critical in the recovery of the economy.

“We’re highlighting how important the industry to the state economy. The sector employs hundreds of thousands of people and contributes 45% of Victoria’s taxation revenue base.

“These facts are central in our conversations as we advocate for the Victorian government to act swiftly and decisively about cutting red tape and burdensome regulation now. If the government does, industry will be well-placed to kick into top gear and bring the Victorian economy back to life as quickly as possible once the covid-19 threat has reduced.” Hunter said.

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