MAFS star hasn't seen her family in TWO YEARS due to WA border closure 

MAFS star hasn't seen her family in TWO YEARS due to WA border closure 
MAFS star hasn't seen her family in TWO YEARS due to WA border closure 

Melissa Lucarelli has slammed Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan for his decision to keep the state's border closed.

In a heartbreaking post, the former Married At First Sight star said she was 'devastated' and hadn't seen her family in two years.

Making the situation worse is the fact that the Perth-born star's father has been battling cancer.

Broken: A 'devastated' Melissa Lucarelli has slammed Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan for his decision to keep the state's border closed

Broken: A 'devastated' Melissa Lucarelli has slammed Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan for his decision to keep the state's border closed

Mr McGowan confirmed on Thursday the reopening date of February 5 would be abandoned due to surging Omicron cases and low third-dose rates in WA - and offered no alternative for when Aussies can finally travel freely in their own country.

'I haven't seen my family for over two years!' she raged in a post shared to Instagram on Friday.

'Honestly, how much longer will this go on?' she continued. 'Beyond devastated!'

Back in December of 2020, Melissa revealed her father had been diagnosed with cancer. 

'Recently found out my dad has cancer,' she shared on Instagram.

'How much longer will this go on?' In a heartbreaking post, the former Married At First Sight star said she was 'devastated' and hadn't seen her family in two years

'How much longer will this go on?' In a heartbreaking post, the former Married At First Sight star said she was 'devastated' and hadn't seen her family in two years

'The aggressive kind of course. He just had two back to back operations to remove the tumor and again to remove further cancerous cells. Now, the waiting to hear. Did they get there in time or has it spread!?' 

Accompanying the post was a touching photo of Melissa smiling as she posed alongside her father at a cafe. 

The reality star went on to add that while she 'struggles to even talk about the such things', she shared the news because 'cancer affects each and every one of us'.

Heartbreaking: Making the situation worse is the fact that the Perth-born star's father has been battling cancer (pictured together)

Heartbreaking: Making the situation worse is the fact that the Perth-born star's father has been battling cancer (pictured together)

'Most of us think it won't happen to us. We tend to come up with a million reasons to put off a check up or ignore the signs when something doesn't feel right,' she said.

'But REMINDER: cancer is an evil bitch everyone. It doesn't rest and it also doesn't discriminate. It's not a fair fight.'

She signed the post off with a plea to her followers to get regular screenings for cancer screenings.

'Make the time! Screening is one of the most effective ways to detect early signs of cancer,' she wrote.

Family: Mel is being kept from her sister Bec (pictured together), who is based in Perth

Family: Mel is being kept from her sister Bec (pictured together), who is based in Perth

Melissa is not the only star to have voiced her frustration, with the Premier facing intense backlash.   

Several newsreaders and television personalities - mostly Perth natives who now live on the east coast or overseas - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the nation learns to live with Covid.

Even high-profile broadcast journalists like 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet, who has remained impartial on the issue on air, asked the Premier why he would allow so many people to 'get their hopes up' only to let them down at the last minute.

Backlash: McGowan (pictured on December 13) has been facing intense backlash from public figures after announcing the state's borders will remain closed indefinitely

Backlash: McGowan (pictured on December 13) has been facing intense backlash from public figures after announcing the state's borders will remain closed indefinitely

'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack.

'Tonight's WA announcement is just so upsetting. I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would.

'Why now? Why let us get our hopes up? I miss my family.'

Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in Los Angeles, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding.

'Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, Mark McGowan.'

Frustration: Several newsreaders and TV personalities - including 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet (right) and Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi (left) - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the country learns to live with Covid

Frustration: Several newsreaders and TV personalities - including 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet (right) and Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi (left) - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the country learns to live with Covid

Heartbroken: 'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack. 'I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would. Why now? Why let us get our hopes up?'

Heartbroken: 'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack. 'I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would. Why now? Why let us get our hopes up?'

Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, shared a photo on Instagram of the front page of Friday's The West Australian newspaper with the headline: '658 days and he's still not ready.'

She wrote in the caption: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything.

'We just want to see our loved ones.'

Footy WAG Rebecca Judd, who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram page.

Anger: Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, wrote on Instagram: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything'

Anger: Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, wrote on Instagram: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything'

Public figure: Gelmi is best known for fronting Seven's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics last year

Public figure: Gelmi is best known for fronting Seven's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics last year

In support: Footy WAG Rebecca Judd (pictured), who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram account

In support: Footy WAG Rebecca Judd (pictured), who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram account

Devastated: Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in LA, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding. Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, McGowan'

Devastated: Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in LA, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding. Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, McGowan'

Mr McGowan announced late on Thursday that WA's borders would remain closed indefinitely because opening up would be 'reckless', instead bringing a series of huge changes to entry rules.

The February 5 reopening date has been scrapped because of raising Omicron cases and low booster rates in WA, and no alternative date has been given.

He said while the hard border would remain in place the exemption criteria for arrivals would be expanded - especially for compassionate visits.  

'It would be reckless and irresponsible to open up now. I can't do it,' he said at an emergency press conference on Thursday night, adding he knew the decision would be unpopular with many. 

The state leader said he wanted to see more children vaccinated and more of the population eligible before he 'introduces Omicron deliberately' to Western Australia. 

Here's a complete guide to what WA's amended reopening plan means for you and when, if ever, you can travel west.

Delayed: Premier Mark McGowan has announced his border reopening plan which was due to finally open Western Australia to the rest of Australia and the world will be delayed

Delayed: Premier Mark McGowan has announced his border reopening plan which was due to finally open Western Australia to the rest of Australia and the world will be delayed

WHO CAN ENTER WA FROM FEBRUARY 5? 

Mr McGowan said the border will instead reopen in stages with quarantine requirements to remain indefinitely in Western Australia. 

Holidays to WA will remain banned for both domestic and international travellers. 

Arrivals will be permitted to enter to receive medical treatment, for compassionate reasons as well as those with genuine family links or returning residents.

People entering WA for national or state security reasons, those with specialist skills and government officials are also allowed to enter the state. 

Health workers, emergency services workers and family members of an approved traveller are also included in the expanded entry criteria. 

Conditions: Arrivals will have to abide by strict testing and isolation rules with those flying internationally required to do seven days of both hotel and home quarantine (pictured, Perth Airport)

Conditions: Arrivals will have to abide by strict testing and isolation rules with those flying internationally required to do seven days of both hotel and home quarantine (pictured, Perth Airport)

ALL THE CHANGES TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S REOPENING PLAN:

Premier Mark McGowan announced the hard border currently in place in WA would remain past the original reopening date scheduled for February 5. 

The government has instead opted to reopen the state in stages with quarantine restrictions to remain indefinitely. 

Instead, relaxed travel exemptions will be enforced and will allow the following groups to enter the state: 

- Returning residents with strong recent connections with WA

- Returning residents with family connections in WA

- Compassionate

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