More police sent to the border, Premier continues push for checkpoints to move south

A further 50 police officers will be sent to man the Queensland/NSW border amid the tightened restrictions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday morning that half will be stationed at the Coolangatta/Tweed checkpoint and the others will patrol the crossings further west.

The extra reinforcements will be deployed from tomorrow.


“That’s a big police presence along our border to make sure that we do everything we can to keep Queenslanders safe,” the Premier said.

Police stopped about 10,000 vehicles in border regions in the past 24 hours, turning back 1000.

“We are seeing some people doing the wrong thing, but the majority are doing the right thing,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Premier again pushed for the border checkpoints to be moved further south to the Tweed River to make life easier for border residents.

“That would make life a lot easier for our police, it would make traffic flows a lot easier,” she said.

“I know that the Health Ministers are in communication about that and I plan to follow that up with a formal letter to the New South Wales Premier. We can only ask.

“It would make life easier but at the end of the day they are New South Wales residents and it will depend on what the New South Wales Premier has to say.”