Clear messages from Government – Construction work is exempt from the close-down and will continue

Urban Taskforce CEO, Tom Forrest, today welcomed the clear message delivered by the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian MP, which declared construction sites and workplaces to be “exempt” from the list of businesses to be shut down.

“This morning’s media release from Premier Berejiklian clearly states that construction sites and workplaces are exempt from the close down”, Mr Forrest said.

“This announcement is welcome and is a great relief to our members, their employees and families.

“Every precaution will be taken to keep all employees and staff safe. Clear communication will continue to be the key. The Urban Taskforce welcomes this decision and welcomes the clarity of the message.

“If the message from the health authorities and the government changes, then the industry will (of course) follow that advice.

“Construction is a massive component of the NSW economy employing hundreds of thousands of workers, trades, architects, planners, engineers, transport workers and traffic controllers, as well as all the associated staff. The industry is well practiced and well placed to identify health and safety risks and take steps to mitigate or eliminate those risks.

“The building and construction industry will be a critical player in driving the economy through this crisis. We will be even more significant in the recovery from COVID 19. We are keen to work with the Government on planning reforms to free up investment dollars and ensure the recovery is strong”, Mr Forrest said.

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