THERE are renewed calls for ‘locals only’ borders passes and checkpoints to be put in place after the Premier indicated the border restrictions for Greater Sydney will stay in place until at least the end of the month.
Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Thursday the border restrictions won’t be looked at until the end of the month as New South Wales continues to get on top of its outbreaks.
Tweed Councillor James Owen said a locals border pass and either a dedicated lane at checkpoints on the M1 and Gold Coast Highway or at Ducat or Griffith Street in Coolangatta will mean border residents won’t continue to be impacted on a daily basis.
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“The implementation of this simple measure will greatly reduce the impact of the border closure on Tweed Shire residents going about their day-to-day lives as they transverse the border, for some multiple times
a day,” Councillor Owen said.
“Whilst I appreciate that Queensland borders are a matter for the Queensland State Government, I’m asking for a common sense and compassionate approach to border checkpoints for our border community.
“With most people returning to work this week or next, and a return to school and community sports in the coming weeks, now is the time to prioritise a solution to alleviate the issues currently being experienced and to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community.
“I implore the Queensland Premier to implement these measures as a matter of urgency.”