Kylea shares her week on the campaign trail
Week 17: COVID case numbers in NSW exceeding 90,000
With the most recent COVID case numbers in NSW exceeding 90,000, I suspect many in our community are caring in some way for someone who is sick, whether as a friend, family member, or a healthcare professional. I hope you are well but, if not, I hope you have access to the care and support you need. If there’s anything we can do to help, please reach out to us at #TeamTink and we will do what we can to close the gaps around you.
We are very fortunate in the North Sydney area to have access to a number of exceptional medical facilities including the Royal North Shore Hospital but I know many of the amazing people who work within these facilities – our doctors, nurses, emergency care staff, paramedics and other healthcare professionals – are exhausted and at times overwhelmed. To these carers I want to offer a massive thank you. We recognise what you are doing for us: the sacrifices you are making and the huge responsibility you are carrying, and we look forward to a time when we can return the care to you.
As we all know, the situation would have been better if our leaders had only heeded the warnings from experts and international evidence. Politicians were well aware of the potential for our healthcare system to be inundated, and should have been prepared for the worst, instead of racing to take credit for a “return of freedoms”. We have let our frontline workers down, and I pledge that if elected, I will do everything in my power to move our federal government’s focus from short-termism to longer term planning, so we avoid circumstances like the one we find ourselves in today.
Please don’t get me wrong: I agree with the idea of personal responsibility – that each of us has a role to play when it comes to navigating this new COVID world. But the government has responsibilities too. Issues with the availability and timing of tests, boosters and vaccines are the direct result of government decisions and our politicians must be held accountable for their part in the current situation.
The North Sydney community is strong, and I know we can come out the other side of this experience even stronger by:
- Protecting ourselves, our families and friends by wearing masks, social distancing, isolating if unwell, and disposing of used masks, gloves, and tissues responsibly.
- Pulling together as a community by getting vaccinated, checking in with our neighbours, and avoiding the temptation to panic buy – there is enough for all if we don’t freak out unnecessarily!
- Looking to the future and planning for better outcomes by showing our appreciation to our frontline workers, identifying ways to stay healthy and care for yourself while elective surgeries and checks are delayed, and – importantly – holding this government to account!
Let’s be the change we want to see North Sydney and bring true leadership back to Canberra.
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