The future of the lockdown for regional New South Wales could be known by the end of today.
Crisis Cabinet will meet today to discuss whether to lift the lockdown restrictions at 11.59pm on Friday as planned or whether to extend them once again.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has indicated he would like to see areas where there are no or minimal cases, like the Tweed region, have their restrictions eased.
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However, regions around Western New South Wales would likely see the stay-at-home orders extended as case numbers continue to climb.
Residents around the Tweed/Coolangatta border are hopeful the today’s meeting will result in positive outcomes for the region, which has been hit hard by the border restrictions imposed by the Queensland Government as a result of the NSW lockdown.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hinted on Tuesday she would be willing to ease the harsh rules if the lockdown was lifted but said extensive planning would need to be undertaken before any final decision was made.
Member for Currumbin Laura Gerber urged the Queensland Government to start working on a plan now so that it can be implemented as soon as there was good news.
“Our community has shouldered the burden of state border restrictions for the rest of the state and the Palaszczuk Labor government must be clear about their intentions for a border bubble,” Ms Gerber said.
She urged the state to “stop playing cheap politics” and allow border communities to be reunited.
“It is not too much to ask for the State Government to be prepared to have the border bubble up and running the same day the Tweed or Northern Rivers comes out of lockdown,” she added.
“I urge the Palaszczuk Labor government to act immediately, and provide our Coolangatta border businesses, families and residents with hope.”