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NSW Premier appeals to Qld Premier for compassion for border communities

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the Queensland Premier ‘to have compassion’ for the NSW/Qld border communities.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW HD) and the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the Queensland Premier ‘to have compassion’ for the NSW/Qld border communities.

In her press conference this morning Premier Berejiklian pointed out that Northern NSW has had no COVID-19 cases and that the Qld Premier would give this consideration in relation to the south east Qld and Northern Rivers border communities.

‘I understand that south east Qld are just as frustrated,’ said Berejiklian.

However, she said that NSW would not be moving the border.

Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry. Photo supplied

Need a solution

Responding to the Premiers statement Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry told The Echo that she has ‘had people in the community calling me up and asking for a solution.’

‘They are asking if we should have a ring of steel around the Northern Rivers so that we can reduce the risk of infection from other areas of the state and ensure we have the ability to interact for our cross border communities.

‘It is disappointing to hear that the border checkpoint cannot be moved to secure the Northern Rivers or even the Tweed Shire. As a community we need an explanation from both NSW and Qld as to why this can’t be done,’ she said.

‘The bipartisan, cross border task force are meeting with the Cross Border Commissioner again tomorrow to see how we can progress the issue.’

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  1. If Gladys is so confident about our lack of community transmission why are we still in lockdown? If she is concerned by the hardships created by the border closure why won’t she accept the offer to move the border south? If she is concerned about the consequences why doesn’t she urgently address the shortage of health services this side of the border?

    Why is she insisting on easing restrictions and opening borders regardless of the vaccine supply in regional areas and the extent to which this free travel will bring Covid straight to the regions?

      • Very helpful Mark, thx – I hadn’t thought of that. I thought that given we don’t want any more congestion in Sydney that a state government might see an advantage in thriving regional communities and an obligation to service them properly. Especially this one given its stamps duty cash cow relationship with state coffers.

      • Everyone should be concerned about lack of health services in this area. Seriously underfunded and inadequate, like all the regions in NSW. Southern – Bega, etc., serious cases get choppered to ACT, Western to SA, not good enough to have all services centres in Sydney and rip funds out if regions.

  2. If the people of Northern NSW want the Q premier to have “compassion” then they need to all start singing from the same songbook as she does and all get vaccinated and embrace mask wearing. The antics of the northern NSW anti-vaxxers need to stop so that the Q people can have compassion. Otherwise, what’s in it for the Q premier?

  3. We sold our home and purchased in Queensland so essentially homeless at present. We have a business on gold Coast that is closed that we have rent to pay on and no income coming in. Our furniture has gone so we are living on airmattress in our previous property neighbours (bless them). We have limited clothes as it all went up in removal truck so went to big w to buy a jumper during cold snap and was refused entry to buy it as not considered essential purchase yet I could enter to buy makeup. Was told that was the rules. We are so stressed and upset and there’s no end in sight.

  4. Annastacia Palasczuk and compassion, both in the same sentence? Not possible. Throughout the pandemic the Premier of Queensland has followed the hypocritical practice of permitting rugby league matches in front of large crowds while denying ordinary people, living just across the (man-made) border, access to greatly-needed medical assistance.
    Perhaps, if the Federal Government were to withdraw Commonwealth funds for Queensland’s hospitals, on the grounds that if Queensland refuses to accept the responsibilities of participation in a commonwealth then it is not entitled to the benefits either, the Premier might reconsider.
    While I agree that the need for us to be in lockdown is questionable, I have no doubt that even if we were not in lockdown, the P. of Q. would still hold fast to her unconscionable position.

    • Then why is Queensland trying to negotiate, whilst Gladdy and BioHazard just point blank refuse to lift our lockdown or negotiate on borders?
      NSW government have created this fiasco, can’t blame Qld protecting their residents.

  5. HEAR HEAR, you stole my thunder Liz, Gladys is in such a mess of her own making, she is now stealing from Scotty’s handbook of accepting no responsibility and blaming everyone else. Frydenberg and Hunt have also joined the chorus, and are also trying to shift the blame from their botched vaccine rollout by attacking the Qld. Premier over her highly successful efforts in keeping the Delta outbreak out of Qld. The Morrison Govt. is starting to hit the panic button, their looking down the barrel, of a double dip recession that will coincide with an election early next year, couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

  6. The Morrison/Berejiklian Delta outbreak has now claimed the lives of over one hundred Australians, with an average of over 1200 daily infections, leading to over 20,000 infections. It was Berejiklian’s blind LNP political ideology and rhetoric. Refusing a fast short lockdown that has led to the situation we are all now in. Berejiklian has been repetedly asked to move the covid border south. She has refused because of LNP political rhetoric. All that is really left for Berejiklian to do is to give her resignation, she has failed. The Federal and NSW State LNP bush fire catastrophe and then the Federal and NSW State LNP Ruby Princess catastrophe, our fist contenent wide infection, really should have seen the end of any more Morrison and Berejiklian failure, but unfortunately as we all see on a now daily LNP failure basis, the LNP have no accountability and no responsibility.

  7. Stephen, you sound like a typical winging disgruntled LNP. supporter, that can’t stand seeing a very successful Qld. Labor Premier so successfully managing a very nasty pandemic, in stark contrast to Berejiklian and Morrison’s pathetic attempts at doing anything constructive. You must have just loved the Qld. election result late last year when Annastacia Palaszczuk wiped the floor with the Qld. LNP. that has still not recovered from such a humiliating loss, and that’s exactly what happens when a political party plays grubby politics, a lesson Morrison is fast learning.


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