An official campaign has been launched calling for the Victorian Government to make changes to the restrictions as the extended lockdown is pushing Victorians ‘to the brink.’
The “Mr Premier, I don’t think you understand” campaign, launched by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), urges Premier Andrews to allow private one-on-one inspections to make a return and kickstart the state’s real estate market.
Leah Calnan, President of the REIV, said: “Our Members are regularly reporting the severe hardship many of their clients are facing.”
“The Government needs to take the time to understand that this is about the health, safety and mental well-being of the community.”
The current restrictions mean it is not possible to host property inspections, and whilst the REIV acknowledges that the health and safety of Victorians comes first, they argue that private one-on-one inspections can be conducted safely.
Gil King, CEO of the REIV said: “We are not asking for live auctions or open house inspections, we know these pose a risk.”
“We have never asked for any relaxation in measures that could potentially impact the health and safety measures,” he said.
The industry has been prepared and equipped to conduct one on one inspections safely. There have not been any reported instances of infection transmission through real estate practices.Gil King – REIV CEO
The plea to Andrews’ government comes as Victoria recorded its lowest number of new daily infections in three months over the weekend, though the impact on the state’s economy is certainly showing no signs of slowing.