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Covid-19 Australia: Man fined for leaving Liverpool in Sydney to 'watch sunrise' on the south coast 

A Sydneysider has been fined $1,000 for leaving one of the city's Covid-19 hotspots to watch the sunrise.

The man from Liverpool in Sydney's south-west was pulled over in Wollongong after police allege they caught him on a speed gun driving at 107km/h in a 80km/h zone on the M1 motorway.

NSW Police said officers soon discovered he had travelled from his home in Liverpool to watch the sunrise on the state's south coast.

A Sydneysider was fined for leaving one of the city's Covid-19 hotspot to watch the sunrise on the New South Wales south coast after police allegedly caught him speeding on the M1 motorway at Wollongong

He was given a $494 penalty notice for speeding and a $1,000 fine for breaching the state's public health orders.

Liverpool is one of eight LGAs in Sydney's west and south-west under tighter lockdown rules than the rest of the city.  

Ninety-four suburbs across those government areas are subject to the Authorised Workers Order, which bans all non-essential workers from leaving their LGA. 

'Travelling from a Sydney hotspot to the south coast to see the sunrise is not a valid excuse for breaching the ‘Stay at Home’ Public Health Orders,' the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command wrote in a Facebook post.

'Nor is it an excuse for speeding.'

The lockdown breach drew outrage from Sydneysiders following stay-at-home orders which have now been in place for almost five weeks.

'Haven't seen my family in over a month because we are listening and doing the right thing,' one person wrote online. 'Then there's this guy - absolute joke.'

Officers discovered during the traffic stop the man had travelled from his home in Liverpool to watch the sunrise on the south coast

The lockdown breach drew outrage from Sydneysiders following stay-at-home orders which have now been in place for almost five weeks

'An example of why the whole state will be in lockdown by the September school holidays,' another said.

'Don't they have sunrises in Liverpool,' one joked. 

NSW recorded another 177 cases on Wednesday as authorities extended Greater Sydney's lockdown for another four weeks. 

Almost five weeks of stay-at-home orders have so far failed to stop the spread of the highly-contagious Indian delta Covid-19 strain throughout the city.

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