Construction Re-Opens

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

Wednesday 28 July 2021 – The NSW Government announced a partial reopening for Construction in the Greater Sydney Region from Saturday, 31 July, subject to each site completing a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Further details are available at NSW Government COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The Construction Ban will remain for the LGAs currently in lockdown (Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool) with Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River LGAs being added to the lockdown list. This will be in place until 28 August. According to the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the lockdown in these LGAs account for 42% of the construction workforce (or 68,000 workers) which will impact the industry’s ability to be fully operational from this Saturday 31 July.

The UDIA is calling for Government to allow fully vaccinated construction works to be allowed to leave the restricted LGAs for work. Furthermore, the UDIA is calling for construction sites within the restricted LGAs to be open if all the workers are fully vaccinated.

Supply chain businesses critical to the construction industry (including those within the identified LGAs with additional restrictions) will be permitted to continue operations. Workers for the construction supply chain will be added to the authorized worker list. Please note that workers within the identified LGAs will be subject to COVID-19 surveillance testing and that general construction workers are not authorized workers. In discussions with some of our contractors regarding supply chains, they advised their suppliers are working with NSW Health to ensure clear permissibility around deliveries to construction sites within and outside their LGA.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced that as part of the Liberal Government’s plan to reopen construction, worksites will be able to operate on Sundays and public holidays for the remainder of the year, up until Christmas. Furthermore, a defined list of preparatory works may commence on worksites from tomorrow. The UDIA has provided this list which can be reviewed here COVID-19 Safety Plan for Construction Sites in Greater Sydney, Appendix B.

Orion remains committed to supporting its clients through these challenging times and we will continue to work to the best of our ability to ensure that the impact to your projects is minimised. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Construction & Infrastructure, Edmund Tsang, on edmund.tsang@orionconsulting.com.au.

 

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