Pressure on border checkpoints on the Gold Coast will be eased slightly with a fourth crossing now open.
Police reopened the Miles St checkpoint in Coolangatta just before 7am.
It comes after massive delays on the streets of the Tweed and Coolangatta since the borders were shut to Greater Sydney on December 21.
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Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says they have worked as quickly as possible to get the Miles St checkpoint open again.
“I know the local people in the area are really happy with that and just to put it in perspective the last time we closed the border on the 26th of March it took some two months to get this checkpoint established and we’ve been able to do that within two weeks this time,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler told the ABC.
The reopening of Miles St was delayed because of a lack of resources to man the checkpoint.
Defence rejected a request by Queensland for ADF support at the borders.
SES and QFES crews have since rejoined the operation while Police are being brought in from other areas of the state.
“There’s an additional 38 police on the ground now in a in conjunction with the resources. We already have also really importantly we have 30 people from the state emergency service and also the rural fire service and we have our partners from transport and main roads assisting now.”
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Officers will also be back manning the Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd border crossing at Natural Bridge from Saturday.
That crossing will operate between 8am and 4pm seven days a week.
Police have now issued 12 infringement notices for border breaches since the last operation started.
That’s on top of the 288 dished out during the first border closure between March and December.
“People are trying to game the system from time to time. We really discourage them from doing that because it would only take one person to bring COVID into our state.”