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Highway Patrol steps up

Highway patrol vehicles in Bourke last week. PHOTO contributed

Officers from Central North Highway Patrol are maintaining a high visibility presence on roads in the Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Cobar, and Nyngan areas ensuring compliance with the Stay-at-Home Public Health Order.

Police say they have noticed a reduction in the number of motorists on rural roads showing a continued compliance with the stay-at-home orders.

Officers from the Central North Highway Patrol have thanked motorists and residents for helping to keep communities safe by doing the right thing.

Remember you can only leave home for an essential purpose.

Visit NSW Health for information about restrictions.

Travellers told to go home

Police have a message for travellers in the western region – go home.

As the threat of the Delta strain hovers over outback communities, caravanners are being asked to abide by the strict stay at home orders and either stay put, wherever they are, or turn around and go back home.

Assistant Police Commissioner, Geoff McKechnie, said there were still too many travellers roaming the bush despite the stringent public health orders.

“We have had more complaints about caravanners in some of our local communities and I am urging anyone travelling to make sure they do the right thing,” he said. “If you are in a regional area, stay where you are or go directly home.

“If you don’t, you will receive a penalty notice.”

Mr McKechnie also warned people coming from Sydney to the bush for work.

“If you are hiring people from Sydney, you need to have a plan in place and make sure those people follow the rules,” he said.

“There are people not doing the right thing and they are bringing COVID to our towns.

“So please, think about what you are doing when you accept someone from Sydney into your workplace or into your home.

“It risks infecting people in our community,” Mr McKechnie said.

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