AS a COVID weary State stumbles from one confusing restriction to the next it seems our Perrottet government is dropping the ball.
Gladys correctly had a softly/softly approach to change but the Perrottet administration has cast caution to the wind and seems to have diverted a step too far from the script when it comes to vaccine motivation.
At present without full vaccination you face restrictions on just what freedoms you can enjoy for greater protection for the wider community.
But come December 1 and it's open slather except where individual services impose their own restrictions - as they will.
So what changes in six weeks?
To many, including the medical profession, this is the most bewildering decision in the ever evolving COVID battleground and could blow the recent progress wide open.
Seems our pollies are more expert than the real experts who are aghast at the prospect of the December 1 free for all.
Restrictions are a serious motivation to get vaxed but Perrottet doesn't see the problem in removing that motivation.
Typical was a chat this week with an acquaintance who said he wouldn't get vaxed.
"I'm not anti vax at all but I'm pro choice," he said. "I'll wait it out to December 1'.
Strange logic indeed.
Better think again Dom. Set the bar higher at 95 per cent full vax rather than a dateline and don't just be a good guy for the doubters - and the pro choicers, whatever that means.
TREES planted along the central median strip between the highway twin bridges made for a very attractive approach to Lithgow from the west (much better than Bathurst's sterile commercial strip).
But quite a few seem to have not survived the Winter and now's a good time for some urgent re-planting. It was probably an RMS job rather than Council so a word to Paul could be in order.
Meantime in Council's backyard, shrubbery at the western end of the Glanmire walking path has met a similar fate and it wouldn't take much for an early season re-plant there as well, no doubt with input from the Community Nursery.
STICKY business and a lot of headaches on Victoria Pass this week that began when a semi overturned and spilled its load of vegetable oil over some 400 metres of highway, blocking traffic fort most of the day.
Firies worked hard on the clean up but next day came a little rain and it seems some residue brought another big rig unstuck, again meaning hours of disruption and long lines of additional traffic diverted through Lithgow.
WE expect dodgy weather in October but it seems to have been dodgier than usual this Springtime with Winter reluctant to depart altogether.
Despite not too distant memories of a record October snowfall we are assured that better days are on the way. Be patient and crank up the electric blanket.
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