The Sydney postcode with different Covid lockdown rules because of local ...

The Sydney postcode with different Covid lockdown rules because of local ...
The Sydney postcode with different Covid lockdown rules because of local ...

A Sydney postcode with three active Covid cases is so divided some residents live under a curfew and a 5km travel limit while others are free to travel up to 57km from home.

Epping in the northern suburbs falls within Parramatta council, one of 12 local government areas of concern where lockdown rules are stricter.

Despite the 2121 postcode having just three active cases, Epping residents must abide by a 9pm to 5am curfew, stay within 5km of their home for exercise and avoid leaving their LGA unless they are providing an essential service. 

On the other side of the M2 motorway, which runs beneath an oval, North Epping residents live under less strict rules, because this suburb is in the Hornsby Shire Council.

Being free to travel anywhere within their LGA, they can travel up to 57km away from home to Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury River.

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A Sydney postcode with three active Covid cases is so divided some residents live under a curfew and a 5km travel limit while others are free to travel up to 57km from home. Epping in the northern suburbs falls within Parramatta council, one of 12 local government areas of concern where lockdown rules are stricter

A Sydney postcode with three active Covid cases is so divided some residents live under a curfew and a 5km travel limit while others are free to travel up to 57km from home. Epping in the northern suburbs falls within Parramatta council, one of 12 local government areas of concern where lockdown rules are stricter

Unlike their neighbours in Epping, people living in North Epping can spend their day at a national park provided it's within the Hornsby council boundaries.

That means they can go bushwalking in the Berowra Valley National Park to Galston Gorge or Crosslands Reserve, or a section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park west of Bobbin Head. 

But Epping, despite being in an upmarket area of northern Sydney, faces much stricter rules because it's classified as belonging to a western Sydney council.

Residents can't legally go bushwalking because they have to remain in their LGA for exercise and can't venture more than 5km from home. 

Parramatta councillor Lorraine Wearne, who represents the Epping ward, has called on the state government to impose restrictions on a suburb-by-suburb case instead of applying it to an entire council area.

'It seems illogical to me to lock down a whole area the same and shape of Parramatta,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

'Nobody looks at a map and does a sensible assessment.

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'I understand in the pressure they're under at the moment, they don't have time for that but we've been in lockdown for some time.' 

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