Sutherland Shire Council has commended NSW Police for dispersing the crowd of protestors who gathered outside its customers service centre and council chambers yesterday morning.
The council building, at 4 Eton Street, Sutherland, was targeted by about 50 protestors on Tuesday morning as part of a series of protests across NSW, Queensland and Melbourne.
Photos showed about 50 people were gathered outside Sutherland Shire Council, with the majority not wearing masks.
Protests were also held outside the vaccination hubs at Hurstville and.Rockdale, while one of the largest gatherings took place at Fairfield.
NSW Police said last night four people were arrested and 27 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued in relation to the Sutherland protest.
Protests also took place outside the vaccination hubs at Hurstville and Rockdale, while one of the largest gatherings took place at Fairfield.
Six PINs were issued to protestors at Hurstville and three people were arrested and 43 PINs issued at Rockdale.
A Sutherland Shire Council spokesman said: "Sutherland Shire Council's Eton Street administration building was among a number premises targeted by protestors across the state [Tuesday] morning, with protestors voicing their opposition to COVID safety measures administered by the state and federal governments.
"Council wishes to commend the work of NSW Police in dispersing the crowd, and will continue to assist police in their efforts to ensure that any of those who breached public health orders are effectively dealt with.
"Sutherland Shire Council wishes to remind all members of the community of the importance of complying with Public Health Orders put in place by the NSW Government, including wearing a mask while outdoors, as these measures remain vital to ensuring the safety of all members of our community."
A message calling on people to take part in the protests was circulating on social media.
It stated: "Anzac, on some level you know the time to stand has come. No signs, no speeches, no noise.
"We front up, we stand up, we deal to [sic] it. Enough is enough!"
It told people to gather at 9am Tuesday outside every local council chamber, every state Parliament House, the home of every state governor, Federal Parliament and the home of the Governor-General".
NSW Police issued a total of 573 PINS, including for not wear fitted masked covering in prescribed outdoor gathering ($500), not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 - COVID-19 ($1000), and unlawfully participate in outdoor public gathering - stay at home order ($3000).
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