Construction workers from Greater Sydney are onsite at the new Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in Dubbo, Transport for NSW has confirmed.
The number of infrastructure projects in Dubbo involving Greater Sydney workers is becoming more apparent, with the Dubbo Hospital and Western Cancer Centre confirming a "small number" are involved, along with major road intersections along the Mitchell and Newell highways, and Fitzroy and Cobra streets.
The Mindyarra Maintenance Centre is part of the NSW Government's $2.8 billion project which also includes replacement of NSW TrainLink's ageing fleet of XPT, XPLORER and ENDEAVOUR trains.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the workers are operating in line with the NSW public health order.
"Construction on Transport for NSW's infrastructure projects in regional areas is continuing as planned for the moment, as per the government guidelines," the spokesperson said. "Processes at the site of the Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in Dubbo have been updated to reflect new restrictions.
"There are currently some workers from the Greater Sydney region on site at the Mindyarra Maintenance Centre. The situation is being closely monitored by on-site management and all requirements, such as logging in to site and undergoing regular testing, are being followed."
The contractors are enforcing mandatory masks and the use of QR code check-ins. There is a blanket ban on workers from Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.
Workers are also required to obtain a Covid test every seven days, and under the public health order are required to abide by stay-at-home orders - restricting their movements between accommodation and the worksite.
Workers are able to travel to Sydney on weekends, where they are required to isolate at home.
"We have a number of controls in place at the site in line with Government requirements, including regular cleaning, available hand sanitisers on-site to workers, and increased protocols for deliveries," the spokesperson said. "Safety is our number one priority and all controls are monitored and updated as required."
The centre is expected to be complete in 2022.
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