LISTEN TO EAST GIPPLAND MR ANDREWS

LISTEN TO EAST GIPPLAND MR ANDREWS

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Kelly Johnson started this petition to Daniel Andrews (Premier of Victoria) and

Dear Mr Andrews,

The people of East Gippsland are at a bit of a loss with your road map out of lockdown.

We have fought through bushfire at the start of the year, which has caused all of our businesses to somewhat struggle financially as tourism diminished. We were happy to bounce back at Easter time, but, then we have covid rare its ugly head. We do totally understand your need and want to control this virus.

However, We feel forgotten in your road map out of lockdown. You talk about the Geelong ‘corridor’. What about the Gippsland or East Gippsland corridor?

East Gippsland in particular have only had 5 cumulative cases during this entire pandemic (June 2018 population 46,818) yet we are still having to battle restrictions. Affecting our businesses and economy more then ever. The bounce back we were hoping for never happened and if we can’t open up to our locals now more then ever we will lose more businesses and more jobs. Jobs are hard enough to come by in our region and this is making it much more difficult.

Mental health is a real issue, considering East Gippslander’s have been doing the right thing and keeping our number low, only to be punished by you for the rest of the States numbers. How is this fair? Have you ever visited East Gippsland? Actually gotten to know the people and how different living in place with a strong sense of community support is? No, so how do you have the right to lock us down knowing the struggles we have all faced in one way or another in our ‘corridor’ of Victoria.

Please listen more to our MP's they are speaking legitimately on our behalf not just for themselves.

You say you listen to the people of Victoria but how about you come and visit our little corridor and ACTUALLY listen.

We really hope you do consider us with so little cases and businesses struggling more then ever we need you to release more restrictions sooner in our region.

Something we would like:

*Allowing immediate family members to visit one another (children, parents, grandparents and 1st cousins, aunty/uncle)

*Allowing businesses to reopen with strict hygiene measures in place

*weddings and funerals to allow all immediate family members to attend (children, parents, granparents and 1st cousins, aunty/uncles)

*Allowing non family members to visit with a cap of how many. Eg 2 per day

*children under 12 don't have to wear masks, why should we include them in our cap of numbers for gatherings.

 

Kind regards
The people of East Gippsland

 

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