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Gail Rundle, Mullumbimby

The hard closure of the Queensland border is causing heartache and distress for the residents of the Northern Rivers. There is distressing news of people unable get a pass to cross the border – until the media gets involved.

I feel compassion for QLD Health staff who are just carrying out their premier’s orders. But why is this so? There are no active cases of COVID-19 in the Byron Shire. All cases are in Sydney, a nine hour drive away.

Because I am outside the bubble I cannot be a support for my daughter who is about to have a baby in the next couple of days. I can’t make an appointment to see my eye specialist in Coolangatta.

This border closure also affects Queensland medical staff, tradies, and other workers who, if they cross into NSW and go beyond the border zone, cannot get back into Queensland without a stay in hotel quarantine.

People who live in NSW are unable to get into Queensland for medical care and work.

People and businesses in both states have a symbiotic relationship. Both states are heading for economic disaster. Please let common sense prevail, put ego and electioneering aside. Please re-open and expand the border bubble to include more of Northern NSW.

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  1. I agree, Gail. I have 2 specialists at the John Flynn – Neuro
    & Heart. Pre-virus I made 5 cross overs. When either one
    or both need to see me I’m lucky if I get a 24 hour notice.
    Like many others, the only thing that can be done is to
    ‘hope’ nothing serious happens. Other than that, my life is
    in the hands of the QLD Premier’s pre-election rules &

  2. Qld hospitals are for Queenslanders !!
    Seriously is this something you would expect
    From our elected representatives ?
    There are many cases just like yours Stefanie
    And far worse outcomes . Put politics aside
    Whats happening in Qld is truly just incomprehensible… and Victoria that poor pregnant women arrested handcuffed shouted
    Down in front of her children just for posting
    On Facebook !! Dont know if that would happen
    In Communist China… have many friends in Victoria who are 100% supporters of the Andrews Government not anymore… hope all gos well for you Stefanie… !!


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