Local mayors and council general managers across the region have joined forces in a bid to convince the QLD government to ease its draconian border restrictions.
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.
As of yesterday there were 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland with five of them being treated in hospital. This has led to a tightening of the NSW QLD border and charges being laid.
The impact of COVID-19 on the border towns of NSW and Queensland is having a significant consequences with delays in crossing the border as well as being a challenge for the integrated communities as they move forward.
Border towns and regions are intertwined not only through business but also through use of medical services, families and in areas like schooling and community sport.
The border crossing between NSW and Queensland will become stricter from midday on Friday with a mix of checkpoints and hard closures between the states.
At 11.59pm tonight (10 April, 2020) new restrictions will come into place for anyone wanting to cross the Queensland border.
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she doesn’t agree with calls to close the New South Wales border.
Tighter restrictions came into force for people crossing into Queensland from NSW on the Gold Coast this morning.
Concern has been increasing about visitors still crossing the border from Queensland to NSW who might be spreading the COVID-19 virus leading to a call to close the NSW border.