Brisbane border-dodger pays hefty price for buying a fishing rod on the Tweed

A BRISBANE man has found himself out of pocket close to $8,000 after driving down to the Tweed to buy a fishing rod on Father’s Day.

Queensland Police have revealed the 43-year-old man was denied entry at the border checkpoint in Tweed Heads on Sunday as he didn’t have the authorisation to travel in and out of the state.

Brisbane falls outside of the “border bubble” which allows some freer travel without having to quarantine.


“He’s then tried to go through another area with a false pass so we’ve had to take action against that person,” Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told ABC Radio on Monday.

He was issued with a $4,003 infringement notice and will now have to pay for a flight back into Queensland where he will then spend 14 days in hotel quarantine at a cost of around $2,800.

He was one of three people who were handed COVID-19 infringement notices on Sunday.

“By and large people are doing the right thing,” Chief Supt. Wheeler said.

“It’s just the people who think the rules don’t apply to them, it’s incredibly expensive for them.

“To do something like driving interstate just to purchase a fishing rod and then thinking you can come back in, it’s unfortunate for that person but the rules are there for a reason and that’s to try and stop the spread of COVID-19 into Queensland.”