New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has poured cold water on a Queensland’s plea to move border checkpoints south, even suggesting they should be moved in the other direction.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has begun a push to shift the checkpoint to the Tweed River at Banora Point to help ease congestion around Coolangatta and the Tweed.
The issue was first discussed back in March when Queensland first shut its border, but it was rejected at the time.
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“I think in the spirit of cooperation, it would be good if the New South Wales government could now, now we’re in July, give due consideration,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.
“It would make it much easier operationally, it would keep those two communities together and of course they will remain New South Wales residents.”
Premier Berejiklian says she’s yet to receive anything from the Queensland government, other than a short text message this morning from Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“I’m unclear as to what the Queensland government’s asking us to do because they’ve not communicated that yet,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I’ve heard through the media that I’m receiving a letter so I look forward to that letter.”
But the New South Wales leader has dashed hopes of putting aside cross-border rivalries, signalling she is not keen on the idea.
“Obviously we’re happy to engage, I’m happy to consider all options, except I do not believe at any stage that we should move the border, if anything the border should be moved north.
“There is zero infection in northern New South Wales at this stage and certainly we’ll do the right thing by residents on both sides of the border.
“But I have no intention of changing things as yet.”
Queensland has offered to continue manning the border checkpoints with the assistance of the ADF if New South Wales were to agree to the shift.