There are serious concerns that police resources will be stretched to the limit trying to enforce Queensland’s new border restrictions.
From Friday July 10, the state borders will be reopened to every state except Victoria, meaning that barricades and border checks must stay in place.
The Premier has flagged that anyone coming into the state will be required to sign a border declaration document, which would be attached to the border permits currently in place.
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Those declarations are a legally binding document that says those travelling have not been to Victoria within the past 14 days.
If anyone wanting to come into the state had recently been to Victoria, it could mean they’re put into hotel quarantine for two weeks at their own expense.
And if anyone’s found to be falsifying or lying on the declaration, they could face fines of around $4,000 or even jail time.
But, despite being a week out from the changes, Queenslanders are yet to here how the borders will be managed by police, with concerns they’ll now be stretched to the limit having to police everyone coming in, instead of waving some through.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted yesterday that there was still a lot of work to be done on the matter.
“They [border crossers] can fill it out online, but they’ll have to show that when they come in from the airports.
“And they’re just working out now how we can manage it across the southern border between New South Wales and Queensland,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
There’s concerns from those on the southern Gold Coast and northern New South Wales that crossing the border will become even slower, with police having to check everyone for the new border declaration.
We’re being told to expect more details from police specifically about how the border enforcement will be ‘operationalised’.
“They [police] will talk to you further about that, they’re working through further details at the moment.
“What we are trying to do is look at ways in which we can make it a lot easier for those border communities to get to and from the southern end of the Gold Coast,” Premier Palaszczuk said.