Regional mayors to meet with Barilaro to discuss COVID situation

SOMETHING TO SAY: Local Government NSW president Linda Scott.
SOMETHING TO SAY: Local Government NSW president Linda Scott.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will meet with regional mayors and community leaders this week following calls by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) to take a joint approach in the state's COVID fightback.

LGNSW president Linda Scott said this Friday's meeting had been organised to discuss how best to boost regional vaccination rollouts, testing facilities, sewer testing and pathways out of lockdown.

"I thank the Deputy Premier for accepting our invitation to meet with regional and rural mayors and general managers," Cr Scott said.

"It's an important demonstration of the need to work collaboratively with all tiers of government, in the best interest of our communities.

"Regional leaders want the same thing as the State Government: to keep our communities safe and to drive a locally led recovery from the economic crisis created by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns."

The Deputy Premier is expected to be joined by Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) secretary Gary Barnes and DRNSW deputy secretary Fiona Dewar at the meeting.