A week after Georges River Council activated its Emergency Operations Centre in response to growing COVID-19 cases in the area, there is now optimism restrictions may soon ease in the area.
It comes as NSW Premier Gladys Berejklian announced at Sunday's COVID-19 press conference that the Georges River Local Government Area (LGAs) may be removed from the growing list of LGAs subject to tighter restrictions, if more people come forward for testing.
"Health experts advise us that if people in the Georges River Local Government Area come forward for high rates of testing in the next few days, that Local Government Area is likely to be taken out of an area of concern," Ms Berejklian said.
"So can I please urge everybody who lives in the Georges River Local Government Area, especially in those suburbs adjoining the local government areas of concern, to please come out and get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms. That will give the health experts confidence to take the local government area out of the areas of concern.
"And congratulations to people in that area who have been following the advice, doing the right thing and have seen a reduction in the number of cases."
The news was immediately welcomed by Georges River Council and its mayor Kevin Greene.
"The Georges River community has responded incredibly well since our area was listed as one of the additional areas of concern," councillor Greene said.
"With the Premier's announcement that an increase in testing numbers in Georges River could see the restrictions being lifted, I am confident we can achieve an increase.
"If we all do the right thing in the interests of our wider community we will have a clear path out of the current restrictions.
"Thank you to everyone who has been tested at the extra locations we have set up across our community and for the 300 people already vaccinated at the Walk-In Astra Zeneca Clinic that opened on Friday in Hurstville.
"I call on everyone to now get tested if you have the slightest symptoms and get vaccinated so we can move forward as a community.
"Let's keep Georges River safe."
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