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Border towns like the Tweed Heads will be able to access towns like the Gold Coast across the border under the updated arrangements put in place to ease the impact of the border closure on these towns.

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As Queensland puts a hard close on its borders to NSW, Victoria and the ACT at 1am Saturday morning (8 August) they have agreed to exemptions for border towns.

Border towns like the Tweed Heads will be able to access towns like the Gold Coast across the border under the updated arrangements put in place to ease the impact of the border closure on these towns. The border pass for people who live in these areas allows them to travel between NSW and Queensland for any reason. However, there are a number of restrictions around how far you can travel in either state to remain eligible.

In a press briefing this morning the Queensland Health chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young clarified that residents can’t go further north or south than those LGAs included in arrangement in either Queensland or NSW

Residents crossing the border will be limited to travel in the area that is also identified as being part of the border zone in the opposite state. That is Queenslanders coming to NSW will not be able to travel beyond the 2483 postcode in NSW, that is, Brunswick Heads and Billinudgel areas. Similarly NSW residents will not be able to travel further than the 4207, 4208, 4275 and 4285 postcodes in Queensland.

Residents in the NSW post codes that can cross the border are also required to stay within that border zone if they wish to travel to Queensland without the 14 day quarantine. For example, if you live in Brunsick Heads or Ocean Shores (2483) then you can travel with a border pass to Queensland for any reason. But only if you haven’t travelled outside that designated area. If you have gone to Mullumbimby (2482) to visit your local bank, shops, or council chambers you will forfeit your right to cross the border and will be subject to the 14 day quarantine requirements. This is because any area in NSW not in the border zone is classified as a hotspot by the Queensland government.

Byron Shire split

During this mornings press conference Dr Young referred specifically to LGAs being the basis for inclusion or exclusion from the border zone. Echonetdaily is currently waiting for clarification on why the Byron Shire LGA was split in half in regards to the application of the border zone mapping.

Byron Shire councillor Cate Coorey has told Echonetdaily that from the information we have so far the problems she see’s are around the border zones are how this will be monitored in NSW.

‘I am totally supportive of an approach for elimination of the virus. But you either have to include the whole Byron LGA or exclude it – otherwise because it becomes too difficult to make it work.’

For more information on the border restrictions and to apply for a border pass go to the Queensland Governments Border Restrictions page.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think it’s confusing, parts of Tweed Shire ie Burringbar, Wooyung etc have the 2483 postcode as do Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Billinudgel etc.

  2. So, more confusion into the pot. I can’t go to QLD but my friends in Bruns, OS and Billi can. BUT, if they have been to Mullum or to Byron, they can’t . So, as most people in the northern towns mentioned do business in Mullum or Byron, they can’t go into QLD. Also, my friends up there in the north can’t visit me here in Byron if they want to go to QLD ! So, whats the point ? Why not make Byron Shire the ‘hotspot’ and Tweed Shire not. Dividing the shire is, will be, almost impossible to monitor or police. It’s absolutely stupid. Why is it that politicians and bureaucrats continue to make life even more confusing and complicated than it already is ?

  3. Maybe we just don’t know where to look… or how to find information on exemptions to cross the Qld border from Byron Bay. My wife has an appointment to get a specific type of MRI scan next week….only available on the Gold Coast. I think it’s cruel …and stressful for a patient ….to not have had this information available from the first announcement of the border closure. The people who do the scans don’t know… the specialist at the hospital she’s meant to see in a few weeks after the scan doesn’t know. The Gold Coast has certain medical services we can’t get anywhere around here. It’s a bit confusing on the website. Not one news report says anything concrete about being able to go to medical appointments. No one can blame them for protecting their state. Maybe tomorrow there will be a list of medical procedures people are allowed to have treated…?

  4. I understand Tweed as it is on the border but why passing the river is included? makes no sense to me unless it’s money…just say it or don’t do it.

  5. I’m a Captain employed by a commercial Charter Vessel based on the Gold Coast and commute across the border to work from Ocean Shores (2483). On Friday the 7th of August while working in Sanctuary Cove I was waiting for Border Restriction Direction No. 11 to be released, the result of which would determine my decision to travel home for the weekend or stay on board the vessel. The newly developed and published Border Zone Map showed the post code 2483 as included in the Border Zone, so I returned home comfortable in the knowledge I would be able to apply for a new permit. The following morning I was shocked to find my application for a new permit was denied because the post code 2483 had been removed at the last minute prior to the 1am Border closure. I’m now desperately attempting to apply for an exemption on-line with Queensland Health, but suspect I won’t be able to return to work on Monday for an undetermined time through this channel since the Byron Shire is now considered a COVID-19 hotspot. I’m now left disappointed and uncertain, but may have one draw card left entering Queensland as a Maritime Crew member joining the vessel.

  6. Using postcodes makes no sense when the decision was supposed to be based on LGAs.
    It would have been less confusing to end the zone at the southern border of Tweed Shire. (The southern end of Byron Shire wouldn’t work, as it would have been too far south.)
    Maybe Ms Palaszczuk will be willing to make an adjustment.

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