7 August 2021

Business Western Sydney is encouraging construction workers from across the 8 ‘ultra-lockdown’ local government areas to get the jab so they can get back on the job.

“Getting Western Sydney construction workers back on the tools is exactly what Sydney needs right now,” Business Western Sydney Executive Director, David Borger said.

“If you are a tradie and live in the LGAs of Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta – roll up your sleeves, get the jab so you can get back on the job.

“Business Western Sydney called for a plan to restart the construction industry in West and South West Sydney and applauds the decision by the Government to get these workers back to work through encouraging vaccination.

“Having Western and South Western Sydney construction workers sitting at home instead of in the outdoors working has been costing the economy $52 million a day and putting 80,000 jobs at risk. Being excluded from being able to work outdoors while the rest of Sydney’s tradies can – has defied logic. 

“It just makes sense to have workers onsite and outdoors working on major projects. CBDs across our city are ghost towns at the moment. With so few people around there’s no better time than now to get on with major construction projects like the Western Sydney Airport, Parramatta Light Rail, and the Sydney Southwest Metro. 

“Our Government must ensure that there is vaccine put aside for these workers. Any further delay will just continue to cost our economy each and every day,” Mr Borger said.