Top-level talks will be held on Sunday on a potential border bubble with the Tweed as hopes grow that a deal can finally be done.
Queensland’s State Disaster Coordinator, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski will meet with New South Wales Border Commissioner James McTavish on Sunday afternoon.
The pair will discuss the logistics of a border bubble and whether that will require checkpoints to be moved south.
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Queensland insists the checkpoints should be moved to the Tweed River, while New South Wales is adamant that won’t work and will still lock thousands of people out of Queensland.
New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro says a bubble can still be set up without moving the border.
“I’m prepared to work to a proper border bubble as we’ve done in the past down in Albury-Victoria and what we’ve done previously up on the New South Wales-Queensland border but no one seems to be responding,” Mr Barilaro told Nine.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is remaining hopeful that an agreement can be reached.
“We had some exchange of letters you may recall on Friday and Queensland has put an option there very clearly to New South Wales,” The Premier said on Sunday.
I wouldn’t even call it a border it’s about having a border bubble. It’s not extending the border it’s about making it easier for those communities to co-exist together.”
Queensland today recorded one new local case of COVID-19 but officials insist there is no risk.
The infected person is linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and was already in home quarantine.