Six charged, 55 fined by NSW Police over border protest

UPDATE: Tweed Police have now charged six people and issued fines to 55 people following Sunday’s rowdy protest at the border.

Hundreds of people turned out to protest border closures and lockdowns but were met with a strong Police presence.

New South Wales Police arrested nine people with charges laid against six of those.


The charges include assaulting Police, resisting arrest, hindering Police, drug possession, unlawfully participating in an outdoor gathering in a lockdown area and not complying with COVID directions.

All six people, aged between 27 and 64 were granted bail to front Tweed heads Local Court on September 20.

A 39-year-old man was also arrested on an outstanding warrant and was refused bail to front court on Monday.

Officers also issued 55 Penalty Infringement Notices including 32 fines of $3000 for not complying with an Outdoor Public Gathering Direction, while 23 fines of $1000 were issued for not complying with COVID directions.

Police continue to trawl through CCTV and mobile phone footage to identify others involved in the protest action.

“Our officers are reviewing all available vision to ensure we are able to identify and take appropriate action against those who were in attendance yesterday,” Tweed-Byron District Commander Superintendent Dave Roptell said.

“The majority of the Far North Coast community have been doing the right thing by following the Stay at Home orders and keeping the community safe. It is extremely frustrating that a minority of people continue to have a blatant disregard for the wider community’s safety and put other people in danger.

“Our goal is to get out of lockdown, and this sort of mass gathering is not to help us going forward.”

One person has been charged with public nuisance by Queensland Police for allegedly throwing eggs during the protest.

Officers on the Gold Coast are also reviewing footage of the protest to identify others, including a man who rode a horse through the crowd.

Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman described the man’s actions as ‘reckless.’

The crowd itself, there was a lot of families, young children and he actually a number of times rode through the crowd there trying to incite and whip the crowd up into a bit of a frenzy. That was really disappointing,” Acting Chief Supt Wildman told the ABC.

EARLIER by Monique St Clair: Police have slammed hundreds of people who protested at the Queensland/New South Wales borders yesterday.

At least a thousand people showed up on the Tweed side around lunchtime yesterday, many attempting to walk over the state line.

Eight people have been arrested and 50 were fined on the New South Wales side.

While Queensland police arrested one person for disorderly conduct.

Gold Coast’s Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman says police are still looking to identify those who attended.

“There’s a number of activities undertaken on both sides of the border, both New South Wales and Queensland.

“If we identify individuals, and we certainly are making some inquiries in relation to certain individuals here today, then we will look at prosecuting those particular members for particular offences,” Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman said.

One man even rode his horse through protesters, encouraging them to cross the border because police wouldn’t be able to arrest all of them.

Acting Chief Superintendent Wildman says that while the event was mostly peaceful, it could have posed a serious risk to the community.

“We’re asking the public that whilst you may have opinions on the current situation here, we certainly ask that you use other options and alternatives to voice your concerns rather than coming out and protesting such as this,” he said.