Labor pressed to explain Mitchell lockdown
07 October 2021
Mitchell Shire residents deserve answers on why they are locked down, without a single tier one exposure site listed in the shire.
Member for Euroa and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan asked the Health Minister a series of questions in Parliament about restrictions in Mitchell this week.
“Case numbers, particularly in the south of the shire, continue to grow,” Ms Ryan said.
“As of today there are 134 active cases yet the government claims there are no tier one exposure sites and the Health Minister this week claimed contact tracing was keeping pace.
“It’s a ridiculous argument. The government cannot seriously expect us to believe that not a single one of the active cases in the shire has visited a petrol station, a supermarket or purchased takeaway food before testing positive.”
“If that was the case, and it would be extraordinary, then why are Mitchell residents in lockdown when areas like Geelong and Warrnambool, which have dozens of exposure sites, including tier one sites, are not?
“It’s clear the region is in lockdown because the government’s contact tracing has been overwhelmed.
“The government needs to stop lying to us.
“The community has been ignored and starved of information while case numbers continue to grow.”
Ms Ryan said with the supposedly seven-day lockdown now into its fourth week, the government should tell the community what the trigger was for bringing it to an end.
“What are the acceptable case numbers in Mitchell Shire for to be removed from lockdown?
“Will Mitchell Shire follow the metropolitan road map or will it be returned to regional Victorian restrictions when cases are lower?
“Business owners are facing financial ruin and kids are still unable to return to the classroom.
“Residents have also been told by the Health Department they can no longer attend vaccination appointments in Shepparton, contrary to the government’s own restrictions.
“It’s madness. Mitchell Shire residents deserve far better than this.”