New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has rejected a formal request from Queensland to move border checkpoints south to help ease congestion in Coolangatta and the Tweed.
Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote to Ms Berejiklian this week asking for her state’s cooperation to shift the checkpoint to the Tweed River.
“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.
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“It would make it much easier operationally, it would keep those two communities together and of course they will remain New South Wales residents.”
But the New South Wales Premier has written back, telling Queensland it’s not going to happen.
“I am happy to move the border north, but I’m certainly not going to subject New South Wales residents to further angst,” Ms Berejiklian said on Wedensday.
“The Queensland Border is a decision for the Queensland government, so it is for them to manage. Suffice to say I did not support her suggestion that was put to me.”
New South Wales Premier also took a swipe at her Queensland counterpart, criticising Annastacia Palaszczuk for shutting the border without any consultation.
“The thing is, when we embarked on the Victorian situation, Premier Andrews and I had multiple conversations about that and we were very clear about what that meant and the strategy. I have not had that benefit with the Queensland Premier.”
Ms Berejiklian says she’s happy to maintain the status quo at the border but ultimately it’s Queensland’s problem.
“At the moment the Tweed community is still able to function well and manage that border status. If the Queensland government is having issues with their checkpoint, it is up to them if they want to move it further north, that is a matter for them.
“Given the lack of community transmission in northern New South Wales, we see absolutely no reason whatsoever why that should move south.
“If anything, if the Queensland government wants to move that north, that is a matter for them, but certainly, we have no intention of changing the existing checkpoint.”
Ms Palaszczuk says she accepts the decision.
“I’ve tried, all I wanted to do was make it easier for the commuting of those border communities,” Ms Palasaczuk said.
“Those Tweed residents are residents of New South Wales, I said that was matter for her. I’ve tried and unfortunately she’s come back saying ‘no’ and I do appreciate she does have other issues to deal with at the moment.’