16 August 2021

Increasing lockdowns across Sydney have created a problem for apartment residents and the cleaning companies servicing them – there are not enough workers to meet their buildings’ daily waste and sanitation needs.

Havencab has 400 workers in apartment buildings in central Sydney including the 68-level GreenlandCentreonBathurstStreet. But, not designated as authorised workers, 120 were grounded in lockdowns of the south-western suburbs and a further 80 with last week’s extension of stay-at-home orders to Strathfield, Burwood and Bayside council areas.


Regulations designed with single-dwelling homes in mind do not work for apartment living in central Sydney, with an estimated 168,000 people living in apartments, said Karen Stiles, the executive officer of Owners Corporation Network.

“The government is strata blind,” Ms Stiles said.

“OCN has been petitioning the government since March 2020 to recognise the unique needs and transmission threat posed by high-density living.”

Michael Bleby