Border bubble confusion as Tweed postcode excluded

Authorities have moved to clarify exactly who is included in the Gold Coast-Tweed travel bubble following mass confusion among residents, particularly on the New South Wales side of the border.

Queensland Health published a map of border communities on its website on Friday highlighting eligible postcodes.

That included the postcode 2483, which is shared by several towns in the Tweed Shire, as well as the Byron Shire including Brunswick Heads.


But a new map has since been published which excludes the 2483 postcode.

Tweed Shire Councillor James Owen wrote to the State Government calling for urgent clarity on the matter.

“As you would be aware, the postcode 2483 takes in the Tweed Shire communities of Burringbar, Crabbes Creek, Mooball, Sleepy Hollow and Wooyung,” Councillor Owen said.

“Not including these communities in the ‘border bubble’ effectively splits the Tweed Shire and as such I urge you to act quickly and announce the confirmation of their inclusion.”

“Whilst I appreciate that Queensland border restrictions are a decision for the Queensland government, proactive communication on developments such as these would lessen the concern and confusion that
the ever-changing situation is causing Tweed Shire residents.”

The new border bubble map excludes postcode 2483 |Image: Queensland Health


Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler has assured those on the Tweed side of the 2483 postcode that they are part of the travel bubble, but those in Brunswick Heads are not.

“It’s unfortunate those people may have believed they were included but if you go online now that is the map you are allowed to follow,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.

“Look there has to be a line somewhere, the Byron Bay Shire was deliberately excluded from the border zone and that’s the decision that’s been made by the Chief Health Officer.”

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says they are reviewing communities across the Queensland-New South Wales border to see if others need to be included.

“We’re looking at every single postcode along the border to just look at if there are any others that would make sense being in or not being in,” Dr Young said.

“We’re just working that through now so that we have that sorted for Monday.”

Dr Young has also confirmed she has provided an exemption for school students who live outside the bubble but travel into Queensland for school.