South coast isolation is ‘extraordinarily selfish’, says Barr

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CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr this afternoon (March 30) pleaded Canberrans to stay in Canberra and to not self-isolate at the south coast, describing it as “extraordinarily selfish”.

“There will always be circumstances [such as] exceptions for compassionate reasons that people may need to travel but the idea that you just go down there for a holiday [is really] selfish,” Mr Barr said.

“We’ve heard very clearly from local mayors [and] local members that people really should not [go].”

Mr Barr said there’s a number of reasons why Canberrans should not be going down to the coast at this time, with one reason being the risk of spreading the virus, and another being a lack of resources there.

“Firstly, there is a risk of spreading the virus and that’s the principle reason why you should not go,” he said.

“Secondly, the range of services, health services and others that are available at the coast are significantly less than here in Canberra. And those smaller communities do not have the capacity to support thousands of extra people.

“There are no ICU beds in any of the south coast hospitals. Those communities [also] do not need extra people shopping in their supermarkets at the moment so if you are a Canberran, you should be staying in Canberra. That is the best thing that you can do for the south coast communities and for your own community.

“It’s clear from media reports and indeed from correspondents from people in the south coast that they are not particularly welcoming of Canberrans down there at the moment. As they mayors have said, there are people who own property there, and so ultimately there is not a legal sanction here, there is just an incredibly strong guidance to think about this for a moment.”

Dodging a death sentence in south coast isolation

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Why ain’t the Australian borders shut down what I mean is the Canberra to n.s.w border shut down all Australian borders need to be shut down we got way to many Canberra ppl here down the south coast or have the police find them like $10,000 or risk jail.

    • Don’t ask us to come back when you need the economy boost again. All these Canberran’s are the ones that have tried to help you after the bush fires. It’s unfair that people who have holiday homes there, that are willing to bring their own food and not visit anywhere are being abused by arrogant locals.

  2. Unfortunately it isn’t that simple Brett. The problem is that while Queanbeyan is geographically in NSW, it’s essentially a satellite suburb of Canberra. With that comes the fact that you have people who commute from Queanbeyan to Canberra and to a lesser extent, the reverse, who work in essential roles in some cases. Certainly some of these individuals can telecommute, but not necessarily all of them. Short of shifting the ACT’s borders to encompass surrounding parts of NSW which are de facto parts of the ACT, you’re going to run into serious potential problems with closing the borders between the ACT and NSW

  3. Same old adage. Many Canberrans live in a bubble detached from the rest of the country. Regional Australia is hurting and many people survive on ~$1500 per fortnight as highlighted yesterday by our PM. Canberrans would generally scoff at that amount because the tax payer ‘gives’ them many times that much each fortnight plus a substantial super contribution. I find it increasingly disappointing that many Canberrans look down at ordinary Australians and judge them. I am not at all surprised that many want to ‘isolate’ at the coast while ‘working from home’ and still pocketing a huge pay packet each fortnight, while on holiday. This is certainly not all Canberrans but those many who generally wander the shops for hours on end when they should be working hard for the taxpayers of this great country.

  4. ive lived here for 10 years. I need to go home to the gong. Canbra becomes unbearable after a while. Its just not a real city. Public servants just cannot understand what i mean becoz they live in a bubble.

    • It took you 10 yrs to find out you have to work your arse off to live in the Capital.Oh we are not all Pubes here and employ many people from NSW as well including Bay,Gong,Cooma,Yass and the list goes on.
      Sounds like youiin a walfare bubble.

  5. Got to love the generalisations people throw out time and time again.

    Not all Public Servants are like the few idiots being mentioned here. They are a minority – not a majority as some in the comments may suggest. Most work exceedingly hard to better this city and better this country – and deserve the money they get. They don’t live in the bubble that lazy comments like ‘its not a real city’ suggest or being ‘given’ money by the taxpayer. Comments like this come from people I suggest that have very, very little idea what the public service actually does.

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