No new COVID cases in Qld as IT bungle causes dramas at the borders

MOTORISTS are having to sit through lengthy delays at the border this morning after an IT bungle soured the start of the border bubble expansion.

At 1am on Thursday the border zone was expanded to include residents from five new local government areas, including Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore, allowing more than 150,000 extra people to freely travel into the state.

But police say people from seven postcodes within those areas have been unable to obtain a correct border declaration pass on the Queensland Government website.


“We did say that there was going to be some delays,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“They’re just ironing out those technicalities as the moment.”

Gold Coast police chief superintendent Mark Wheeler said anyone affected would be allowed in at the border provided they had adequate identification.

“Unfortunately there’s been a couple of IT issues around some suburbs, the relevant government department is working through that now as we speak,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler told the ABC.

Supt Wheeler said motorists could expect delays of about 30 minutes at the border checkpoints and those delays could get longer as we head into the long weekend.

“It’s a bit of a perfect storm. We’ve got school holidays on the Queensland side, school holidays on the New South Wales side, a long weekend.,” Wheeler said.

“I expect this to be a bumpy road for the next few days.

“We’ve seen in the pas  that’s generally the case for the first three or four days when we get a change, especially a significant one like this.

But what we find is we get into a rhythm, the community then understand what they need to do. Traffic calms down.

Supt Wheeler urged motorists to prepare themselves for possible hold ups before leaving.

“Plan your journey, pack your patience, get your border pass in order, and just think about your own individual circumstances when you’re travelling across the border.”

As of 6.00am, several hundred vehicles had already travelled through the checkpoints with police turning around “in the order of 30 people”.

The Premier was also questioned about whether she would signal whether the border could be opening to the rest of NSW in November before the government goes into caretaker mode on October 6, ahead of the election on October 31.

“We’ve said very clearly, the advice of Doctor Jeanette Young is 28 days without community transmission,” the Premier said.

“That is also the advice of the AHPPC but unfortunately that proposal did not go to the last National Cabinet. It’s a pity because we could have had uniformity across the nation about that.

“Once New South Wales reaches that threshold of course we will get the advice of Dr Young.”

A decision could be made around October 22.

There are just four active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland after no new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

There has been no infectious cases within the community since September 10.