“It’s idiotic”: Qld slammed by those left out of border bubble expansion

The Mayor of Inverell has expressed his disappointment of the ‘idiotic’ expansion of Queensland’s border bubble, which doesn’t include areas that are actually on the border.

From October 1, five more shires in northern New South Wales will be added to the border zone, meaning residents from there will be able to travel freely into Queensland.

But most of the new areas are from the north eastern corner of the state, while areas further west along the border have still been left out.


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Inverell is one such shire that borders Queensland, but only the northern half of the shire has been included in the border bubble.

Mayor Paul Harmon told Sunrise this morning that the rest of their shire should have been included in the expansion.

“I have no idea why our shire has been left out and it’s idiotic, it really is, the world should know why we aren’t included in the bubble.

“We had 2 cases of COVID of the ‘Ruby Princess’ in March, we haven’t had a COVID case since.

“We haven’t had a COVID case since. We have had no community transmission, I am just gobsmacked at whoever the bureaucrats are who are advising the Premier and Chief Health Officer, I don’t know whether they are doing the job properly.

“How could you have surrounding shires that don’t border Queensland, we border Queensland, half our shire is in and half is out, it is creating huge issues here for businesses, families, it’s idiotic.

“We have a major exporter that has a business here. They have staff at the Gold Coast, they have staff in Brisbane and they can’t get to and from here to the main plant.

“We have community members that actually go to Toowoomba and Brisbane a lot for medical appointments. We can’t get through.

We have community that actually farm in the northern part of our shire that have a farm on both sides of the border.

“If they come to Inverell for actually supplies, they then have to isolate yourself quarantine for 14 days before they can cross back over the border to continue their farming.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Mayor Harmon said.

Queensland Health has been contacted for comment.