A bus load of Victorians has been slapped with massive fines and turned around, after trying to sneak into Queensland over the weekend.
A group of six tried to park their minibus on Stuart St at Coolangatta near the border and walk into the state, but police spotted the group and went to check their declarations.
They also checked the group’s phones, where they discovered they had all been into the hot spot Victoria within the past two weeks.
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They were each issued $4,004 fines, totalling a whopping $24,000, and turned back around.
One of the passengers spoke to Channel 7, admitting the group were desperate to get into the sunshine state.
“We’re really desperate at the moment – there’s nothing down there.
“We went into Queensland for better opportunity, it obviously wasn’t a great decision and we’re paying the price for it,” he told a reporter at the border.
It’s understood the group will remain in New South Wales for another few days before trying to get into the state again.
State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski has condemned the group’s behaviour on The Today Show this morning.
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