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The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk MP announced this morning that the Queensland’s border ‘bubble’ zone will expand from 1am on Thursday, October 1 to include Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas.

The Premier’s release said that border residents can apply for a border pass and travel around Queensland for any purpose, and Queenslanders can travel to those places as well.

‘It’s an important step in supporting border communities and ensuring Queensland’s economy rebounds – not the virus,’ said Ms Palaszczuk. ‘Our strong borders have kept Queenslanders safe and allowed us to keep our economy going, businesses open and people working.

‘I think this is a great effort to consider how we can make our border zones more effective.

‘These areas have a lot in common with Queensland, they do a lot of their business in Queensland so we believe this is the right measure to take.

‘Thanks to Queensland’s strong health response and falling numbers of the virus, we can now take a gradual approach to easing these restrictions.’

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  1. My husband and I own a unit at Twin Towns in Stuart Street on the border of Qld and NSW.
    We do not rent it out but enjoy it for ourselves and family.
    As we are in the Tweed Shire are we able to visit this facility and re-enter back into Qld with an appropriate border pass?
    This unit is situated at the border entry station facing out to the main road through Coolangatta on the NSW side of this road.
    It has been many weeks since we have been down there and would appreciate your advice on entry and return.
    We understand this will apply from October 1.
    Many thanks
    Helen Schmidt 1604 Brisbane Valley Highway Fernvale Qld 4306

  2. I have decided I will no longer travel to QLD even though I was born
    there & lived there & was an employer there for many years. My
    reasoning… When I needed my Specialists [neuro & hart] ‘Dear
    Premier,’ I could not get access to either one. Have a good day.
    I hope you do not have a series of Strokes & Frontal Lobe
    Damage & a heart problem. Life really isn’t a bubble of fun.

  3. Just been informed NSW border bubble allows Byron, Glen Innes, Richmond Valley, Lismore to access Queensland. Kyogle which Richmiond has to pass through is not mentioned and Kyogle is directly bordering Queensland at Mt Lindesay and much to the east.
    Please clarify as to why Kyogle is not included..yet Richmond Valley is and that shire has no common border.
    Cheers and thanks
    Adrian Keefe

  4. …so you acknowledge the importance of northern nsw but refused to use common sense with border restrictions. Now you try to make some kind of amends at this late stage when the damage has been done. Too little too late….i really hope the upcoming election delivers the result you deserve. It really is an election for Qld’s reputation.

  5. I have driven “chemo patients”from Brunswick heads to both John Flynn on the Gold Coast and the Mater in Brisbane in the past few months , it has been a bit of a trial but not impossible. The medical practitioners in both cases were helpful providing appropriate paperwork. We are lucky to live where COVID-19 has been managed well . If the federal government had had a plan to handle the pandemic the states wouldn’t have needed to act separately. Give me Anastasia Gladys and Dan any day, rather than Donald and Boris.

  6. What an absolute lot of “Croc”..
    There was no need to have this boarder bubble in the first place.
    Really everything was working smoothly before this lot of state bureaucratic BS started, with the permit system..instead people have been left highly stressed and mentally scared, families split, businesses in financial strain, medical practitioners and health services compromised and yes..because of the miscommunication and arse covering from both state premiers..people have unnecessarily died.
    A complete and utter fah cup !!

  7. The Queensland premier is completely off track.
    The damage she is doing to her States economy cannot be measured.
    It will remind people that at any time now and in the future, we the Public are subject to the decision of often just one person.
    This is the age of Dictators, locally and Globally.

  8. Myself and my wife live in Tweed Heads but our 2 children and their families live in the Redlands of QLD.
    Because of the so called Bubble we cannot visit them or they us for our
    50th. Wedding Anniversary on Sat.
    26th Sept. Thanks…ANNASTACIA..

  9. I hope the Police will stay alert for the sex marauders that will return to our beaches from Queensland. It has been great respite during lockdown to not have sex traffic destroying the health of our dunes and beaches.


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