Calls for a Queensland-NSW border restrictions road map
Communities along the border are frustrated by the lack of any clear policy or plan from either party beyond short-term management of virus suppression.
In Goondiwindi, a Queensland town that straddles the border with New South Wales, Mayor Lawrence Springborg — a former Queensland LNP leader — said his community needed a road map out of border restrictions.
“Unless you live in a border community or you’re part of a border community … you don’t understand how interconnected Queensland and New South Wales is,” Mr Springborg said.
Since the border closed again to New South Wales on August 7, Mr Springborg said it took three weeks for the Goondiwindi Regional Council to negotiate exemptions for the region — the most urgent of which were now in place.
“But what we need to do now is to move a little bit more to having a road map for what Queensland will look like in the next three, six or 12 months based on likely scenarios,” Mr Springborg said.
“Surely we probably know enough about this now to have a bit of an idea on how we should be responding in the future based on what we’ve learnt to date and giving people that clarity in weeks and months ahead.”
That’s a sentiment echoed by Goondiwindi Tyre Service owner David Turner, who is also heads up the region’s chamber of commerce.
Reporting by Queensland state political reporter Stephanie Zillman.
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