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Border inclusion zone has been extended today.

Residents and businesses in Northern NSW who have been suffering as a result of the hard Queensland border closure are now able to draw a breath of relief. As of 1am this morning, Thursday, 1 October, 2020 the border inclusion zone in NSW has been extended.

The zone now includes Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Byron Shires meaning that residents in these border zone areas ‘will be able to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose’.

Partial inclusion of the following postcodes has also been included: 2472, 2463,2469, 2460, 2370, 2365, 2370, 2365, 2369, 2359, 2347, 2390, 2397.

As part of the update the Queensland border zone has been removed so all Queensland residents are now able to travel anywhere within the NSW border zone.

However, the rest of NSW and Victoria are still considered COVID-19 hotspots and quarantine will still be required if you have:

  • ‘been overseas in the last 14 days
  • been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days (and you are allowed to enter)
  • COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days
  • are a New South Wales border zone resident who travelled outside the border zone in New South Wales.’

For more information see the Queensland government border restrictions website.



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  1. As of 1pm on Thursday October 1st it was still impossible to download a border pass for the so-called permissible post codes. The Queensland government through its Covid help line was advising people either to postpone their travel or to apply in person at the border and face interminable delays.

  2. Tabulam, which is by far farther north than most is not included within the border bubble. Why not? We are Kyogle Shire. Look at the map.

  3. Could we please have the above Border Inclusion Zone extended permanently into Queensland. Then we could escape not only Gladys and all the neo-Lib rubbish who vote for her but also her army of belligerent Police traffic patrols and roadblocks. her dreadful farm and forest management, her non–existent environmental protection and the ludicrous city spending policies.


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