COVID-19 Update

As our construction teams resume works on-site at Shell Cove, we would like to take the opportunity to explain what this means for you, in our community, considering the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

Our teams are highly committed to the safety of our community and members of our construction team. Frasers Property are going above the requirements provided by the NSW Government to ensure the safety and protection of our community via implementation of Rapid Antigen Testing onsite – a regular workplace screening initiative we are trialling with NSW Health, to ensure we continue construction as safely as possible.

Recently the NSW Government and NSW Health advised that construction work is permitted at all construction sites in Greater Sydney which includes Shell Cove. The NSW Government is requiring construction workers who live in LGA’s of Concern to be vaccinated in order to return to construction sites, regardless of the construction sites location. Most of the construction workers at Shell Cove are local to the area, however a small number of workers reside in metropolitan Sydney.

The Frasers Property team ensure that we comply with the NSW Government mandated capacity limits for construction sites (lesser of 1 person per 4 sqm of space at the construction site or 50% of the maximum daily workforce); ensure workers comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements before workers enter the site; and have a COVID-19 safety plan.

Frasers Property have commenced Rapid Antigen Testing of workers visiting our site. Rapid Antigen Testing is a screening tool to help detect COVID-19. This is to ensure the highest level of care and protection is provided to the community by ensuring that there are no COVID-19 infected workers on site. This testing commenced today in the project office car park – where we can ensure testing is outdoors (where risk of COVID-19 transmission is reduced significantly), away from our community, and via a drive-through facility for workers in vehicles, to ensure physical distance requirements are met.

Rapid Antigen Tests detect proteins from the virus that cause COVID-19. It involves a nasal swab (using a small cotton bud) that is then placed into a chemical solution and the solution is tested on the receptacle, which displays a result within 15 to 20 minutes. All construction workers at Shell Cove will be screened at least twice a week by registered nurses, which can help to quickly identify and isolate those who have COVID-19, including those who don’t have any symptoms.

 

Current COVID-19 rules for Construction workers from the NSW Government are below, which are also enforced onsite:

If a worker lives in or are temporarily staying in a local government area of concern, they must not enter or remain at a construction site in unless they have:

  • had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or;
  • had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three weeks before attending work or;
  • had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within the last three weeks and have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours (3 days) or;
  • evidence of a medical exemption and have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours.

 

Testing helps NSW Health contain potential spread by identifying any positive cases early. If a worker returns a positive result, they will be turned away from the site immediately and ordered to attend the nearest COVID-19 Testing Clinic and to self-isolate. Please be assured we are committed to keeping our community and workers safe.

If you have any concerns, our team is available to answer any questions you have on 13 38 38.