Construction reopens in NSW

by | Aug 9, 2021

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The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) welcomes the easing of restrictions on construction activity across Greater Sydney announced by the New South Wales Government on August 8.

The announcement follows weeks of collaborative discussions between industry associations, unions and government, and demonstrates good outcomes can be achieved when everyone is aligned, according to ACA Chief Executive Officer, Jon Davies.

“The trust placed in the construction industry to operate in a COVID safe manner is a responsibility we are not taking lightly – with nothing left to chance. Already considered one of the strictest operating environments, construction sites are conducting rapid antigen testing to further add to the existing comprehensive COVID protocols,” Mr Davies said.

“We are confident rapid antigen testing will enable us to detect potential risks and prevent the spread of the disease. Rapid antigen testing is part of the solution, but the ultimate goal is to get more workers vaccinated. Our approach to vaccinating the construction industry is to encourage and facilitate.”

“We are working with the Department of Health to improve access by enabling vaccinations at construction sites. We recognise that to fully get the industry back to work we need to increase vaccination rates so that all restrictions can be removed,” he said.

The NSW Government’s Super Sunday Vaccination day planned for Sunday 15 August at Sydney Olympic Park will provide another opportunity for construction workers to access the vaccine.

Deputy Premier, John Barilaro announced that unoccupied construction sites across Greater Sydney, including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, will operate at 50 per cent capacity from this Wednesday (11 August 2021) with enhanced COVID safe measures helping to sustain industry, and boost the economy while keeping workers safe.

“For the industry to remain viable, we need to restart those projects and get construction workers where they are most needed. But we also need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission to keep our communities safe, and these measure will help us achieve that balance,” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.