'It's like slow torture': Stranded Victorians stuck in very costly limbo
Victorian retirees stranded in NSW welcome an investigation into tough border restrictions that have left them in limbo, but many fear they won't be able to afford short-term accommodation for much longer.
CancelRetired Gippsland residents call for financial support from the Victorian government to help pay for accommodation as they wait along the NSW border to return homeVictorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass yesterday launched an investigation into the processes behind the state government's tough border restrictions, after receiving more than 80 complaints.
"Costs are rounding up to about $4,000 now and it feels like we're paying a big fine for just trying to follow the rules, do the right thing and get back home," he said.Supplied: Colin WhiteMr White said he submitted his application last Friday and was told it would take about 72 hours to process, but by Thursday he still had not heard back from the Department of Health.Read more: ABC News »
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A bunch of old farts complaining about being locked out even though they were informed and warned to come back because things could have changed in a very short time. This is on them. I have no sympathy at all for them! Thes people aren’t trapped, they’re stupid. Obviously haven't experienced real torture before and demeaning to those who have
Why were they travelling during a pandemic, with borders opening and closing? That never makes it into the SkyBC story. Feeling sorry for these people BUT for more than 3 weeks, the Vic Government told every Victorian not in Victoria to come home asap. They gave more than fair warning of the consequences of being on the wrong side of the state border when it shut. Crocodile tears.
Lewis in limbo after Bulldogs sack star over alleged speaker theftThe playmaker had already been informed he would not be with the club beyond 2021, but has had his contract ripped up early by Canterbury-Bankstown. sarah_keoghan They say he was dobbed in by a teammate. I'd be more worried about that, if that was the case. sarah_keoghan You do the crime, you do the time.
Guy’s embarrassing lockdown gaffeVictorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy has backtracked on an embarrassing blunder about the state’s lockdown, correcting an earlier statement that the Liberals wanted it to end entirely. Backtracking on comments is a full-time job for the Vic libs.. That's why they're the opposition Yes, end lockdown immediately, it's obviously ineffective
Ballarat enters eighth lockdown as cases, exposure sites riseBallarat residents are preparing for their eighth lockdown from 11:59pm tonight, after the regional city of more than 100,000 people records four new coronavirus cases this week. exposure helps build our immune systems !! ..my old school 1976-1989
Regional Victorian city of Ballarat enters lockdown as Shepparton emergesResidents of one regional Victorian town have joined Melburnians in lockdown, as locals of another are released after a COVID-19 outbreak was brought under control. Curious if wastewater detection leading to the latest lockdown could, in any way, be attributed to Melbournites visiting? 5k? No way. Locals report on numerous non locals in regional towns. Who cares!!
Victoria reports 514 new COVID-19 cases as regional city of Ballarat enters lockdownThe Victorian towns of Ballarat and Shepparton have traded places in COVID lockdown, as the state prepares to hit 70 per cent first dose vaccination coverage. Yes. We broke 500. Next up 1k,I'm looking at you Poor Victoria, get new leadership at next election ? SBS We need it to spread!
What should be in Victoria’s school reopening planThe Victorian government should weigh up all possible options to get students back to school safely before the end of the year – even if that means delaying plans to ease other restrictions, writes Stephen Duckett, Anika Stobart and Jordana Hunter | OPI... Grade 3 to Year 10 are not going back this year. Announcement imminent. Obviously COVID is most damaging and dangerous to the elderly and Australians have (mostly) stepped up to protect them. But lockdowns are most damaging to children and young people, we need to do everything we can now to help them. Mitigation strategies need to be mandated rather than leaving it up to principals who may be uneducated about infection control & have their own bias. A/C needs to be updated to use fresh air only, HEPA filtration units need to purchased & installed, outdoor classes prioritised
Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel Retired Victorian residents stranded on the New South Wales side of the Murray River are calling on the state government for financial support as they wait to return home.Advertisement Loading NRL halfback Lachlan Lewis’ career is in limbo after the Bulldogs tore up the remainder of his contract on Tuesday due to alleged theft of club property.Speaking to reporters outside parliament on Wednesday, Mr Guy clarified that his party wanted the state’s strict curfew 9pm-5am to end in Melbourne not lockdown as per a statement previously released this morning.Key points: Ballarat will have the same restrictions as Metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59pm tonight minus the curfew The city has recorded four new cases this week and multiple tier 1 exposure sites This comes as Shepparton is released from lockdown at the same time tonight Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the week-long lockdown this afternoon.
Key points: Retired Gippsland residents call for financial support from the Victorian government to help pay for accommodation as they wait along the NSW border to return home It follows the launch of an investigation by the Victorian Ombudsman into the strict border rules that have left thousands of people in limbo Residents have applied for permits to isolate in their own homes without any success Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass yesterday launched an investigation into the processes behind the state government's tough border restrictions, after receiving more than 80 complaints. But the announcement has provided little relief for those forced to dig deep into their pockets for short-term accommodation. The axing leaves Lewis approximately $55,000 out of pocket. Korumburra resident Colin White, 73, has been stuck in Albury with his partner for more than a month and said living costs had piled up quickly. Matthew Guy corrected an earlier Liberal-Nationals statement that called for the government to ‘end lockdown’. "Costs are rounding up to about $4,000 now and it feels like we're paying a big fine for just trying to follow the rules, do the right thing and get back home," he said. Lewis defended his actions, saying his decision to allegedly try and sell a team speaker given to the players in their Queensland hub by the club was a practical joke. Colin White says it cost him up to $4,000 to stay at an Airbnb for more than a month. "We will expand sites.
( Supplied: Colin White ) Last week, the Victorian government signed up to trial the Commonwealth's home-quarantine program, which will grant 200 Victorians stranded on the border a permit to isolate for a fortnight in their own homes. In the doghouse: Lachlan Lewis says his attempt to sell a club soundbar on eBay was a joke gone wrong. The road map will revolve around granting greater freedoms and reopening schools. Mr White said he submitted his application last Friday and was told it would take about 72 hours to process, but by Thursday he still had not heard back from the Department of Health. "It's rather a struggle mentally because you sort of build up hope and it gradually starts to fade away, it's like slow torture," he said.” Lewis’ attempt to sell the soundbar was only foiled when a Bulldogs official followed him into a hotel car park and caught the player red-handed as he was about to hand the unused equipment to a courier. A case for 'some form of compensation' Among the thousands of frustrated applicants are Steve and Merrill Conn from Metung in East Gippsland. “It will give people a clear sense of what we’re working towards. Mr Conn said the pair were surviving off their pensions and support from family. It was only when the Bulldogs were undergoing a stocktake of their gear to prepare for the end of the season – three weeks after Lewis had made the eBay listing – did club officials realise the NRL-bought sound bar was missing. ( ) Extra vaccine doses on the way Mr Andrews said police would be "out in force" monitoring people entering and leaving the Ballarat area.
"We're fortunate enough to have our daughters offer us financial support or else we'd probably be sleeping in our car," he said. Metung retirees Merrill and Steve Conn say there has been a lack of support services for Victorians living under NSW COVID restrictions. Lewis has reportedly attracted interest from Super League but the 25-year-old is yet to find an NRL side interested in taking him on. “Every day spent waiting is another day wasted,” the statement read. ( Supplied: Merrill Conn ) "We were evacuated four times out of our home when the bushfires were happening in our region two years ago … so to have this happen to us just brings back all of those strange feelings of not being able to return home." Mrs Conn said the couple had been staying in an apartment complex north of the border at Merimbula with several other Victorians — many of whom were elderly.. Find more local news Tell us your location and find more local ABC News and information "We have all applied to go home, we're fully vaccinated, we've done all of the COVID tests and we're staying in a low-risk area that has zero active cases," she said. rhiannon. Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton said it was still "hard to say" how many primary close contacts would emerge in Ballarat.
"I just don't see why we can't go home. It's a very confusing and anxious time for all of us trying to navigate this." Mrs Conn said she feared she would not be able to afford accommodation if she was made to wait any longer and called on the Victorian government to provide "some form of compensation".au. Despite having welcomed the Ombudsman's investigation, the Conns and Mr White may not get the answers they are hoping for until the review is completed by the end of the year. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume..
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