It looks like there may be some relief on the horizon for border communities suffering through the sunshine state’s hard COVID-19 lockdown with NSW.
In a shock development this morning, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the NSW Government had reached out to begin discussions about potentially shifting the border further south.
It comes after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk previously put forward a plan to temporarily move the border to the Tweed River, in a bid to assist NSW and Queensland residents who reside in the Coolangatta-Tweed area.
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The plan was quickly shut down by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, but he appears to have now had a change of heart.
“I am really pleased to report that we have had an approach from the Deputy Premier of NSW to work with them to collaborate on border arrangements so we can reduce the impacts of them on their community,” Mr Miles said.
“We certainly welcome this change of heart and approach from the Deputy Premier of NSW to work with us.
“Of course, we will work with them to put in place whatever measures we can to both keep the border safe but also minimise its impact to the extent that it’s possible.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate last week pleaded for the NSW Premier and her Government to “show some compassion”.
“I mean we’re fine over here that’s the thing, we’re putting this forward not because we need to, it’s because we care about people of the Tweed,” Mayor Tate said.
“All I’m saying is adopt the same attitude and lets have a solution so that people in Tweed can have a good livelihood – so people can have work, they can cross the border seamlessly”.
The current border lockdown has seen hundreds of people who live in the Tweed, including teachers, child care workers, medical staff, tradespeople and even emergency services unable to cross into Queensland and vice versa.