August 16, 2021 Josh Burns MP

Joint Statement by Josh Burns MP and David Southwick MP

From the moment we were informed of positive COVID-19 cases in our local community, we have been working together with the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and community leaders to assist with communication, contact tracing and testing, including the rapid introduction of new testing sites in St Kilda, Caulfield and Elsternwick.

This is an extremely concerning local outbreak that has created many exposure sites across our local area.

The most vital task right now is to identify all people who have been at risk of exposure, to get them tested and in isolation.

After long and difficult lockdowns, we share the frustration at people not abiding by the public health rules.


The reports and footage from local gatherings are obviously deeply disappointing and are being dealt with by the relevant authorities. While we condemn such actions, online hate and social media bullying is also not appropriate.


Our message to those who have attended, or hosted gatherings is to please cooperate with public health authorities, to come forward and get tested and isolate to protect yourselves and to protect the entire community.


Every Melburnian is exhausted and desperate for this lockdown to end. But the quickest way to end this lockdown is for people to do the right thing – follow the rules; get tested and isolate if they’re symptomatic or have been at an exposure site; and get vaccinated if they’re eligible.

We are working with public health teams and we will continue to pass on information that we receive to keep the community informed.

We are available to assist the community during this challenging time so please don’t hesitate to be in contact.


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