QLD BORDERS | Premier confirms partial re-opening of border to NSW

UPDATE @ 10.00am | The Queensland Premier has confirmed that the borders with New South Wales will partially re-open but Sydney will be left out.

Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday that Greater Sydney will remain closed to Queensland, excluded 32 Local Government areas from visiting the Sunshine State.

The rest of New South Wales will re-open to Queensland at 1am on November 3.


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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said there were still cases of community transmission in parts of Sydney.

“I have reviewed the situation in New South Wales and prior to yesterday they had four LGA’s (Local Government Areas) in Sydney that had had cases of community transmission that New South Wales was unable to link to any known clusters,” Dr Young said.

“That means that they have transmission and they don’t know where it is coming from.

“New South Wales put out an alert for six different sites across the city where they were concerned that transmission could have occurred. So based on that new information yesterday and the information up to that point I believe it is important that Queensland remain closed to those 32 LGA’s in Sydney.

“Outside those 32 LGAs have not been any cases in the previous 28 days. So that is really good news and New South Wales has done exceptionally well.”

The rest of New South Wales, outside of Greater Sydney, will be able to travel into Queensland for any reason at all. Queenslanders will also be able to travel into those areas in New South Wales.

“Queenslanders will be able to travel down into New South Wales to those areas for any reason at all and they can travel via Sydney Airport at Mascot,” Dr Young said.

“They will need to then travel through Sydney without stopping in Sydney to get to those areas outside those 32 LGAs.”

The borders to Victoria will remain closed.

The changes will mean more dramas at the border checkpoints.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said everyone will need to update their border declaration passes.

“It’s very, very important that in the lead up to the 3rd of November at 1am that everyone that has currently got a border dec pass in play, be it an X pass or other passes, check what they should have,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

“It’s likely that will change.”

He admitted the changes will lead to further delays at the border checkpoints.

“We know particularly at the Gold Coast borders we will see congestion, we will see delays,” he said.

“Every time we have changes of the border declaration pass system we have seen delays and then within three days it starts to settle and get back to normal.

“That’s why it’s so important that people make sure they have the right passes upfront.”

There was one new case of COVID-19 in Queensland in the last 24 hours.

A man in his 50’s who is in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast after returning from Stockholm is the latest to test positive.

He is now being admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

It takes the number of active cases in Queensland to six.

MORE TO COME.

EARLIER @ 6.30am | It’s D-day for the future of Queensland’s borders, just one day out from the state election.

The Premier has confirmed that we will know by midday whether or not our borders will reopen to New South Wales, after she meets with the Chief Health Officer this morning.

The initial plan, as part of an updated roadmap to recovery released months ago, said that November 1 (this Sunday) would be the date.

However a number of locally acquired cases in Sydney has thrown that into doubt.

Queensland Health has repeatedly said that the key requirements for a full border reopening included New South Wales going two incubation periods without an unlinked case of community transmission.

Up until yesterday, New South Wales had only gone a couple of weeks at a time.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has consistently criticised the bizarre time frame as completely unachievable.

There’s now talk that Queensland may just expand its border zone to include more areas of northern New South Wales, but be able to keep Sydneysiders out for now.

The uncertainty around the border reopening has frustrated many Gold Coast businesses in the tourism sector, who just want an opening date set in stone so they can better plan their recoveries.

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was visiting the Gold Coast yesterday announcing a number of last minute election promises, but the Village Roadshow boss sensationally blocked her from visiting Movieworld and Seaworld.

CEO Clark Kirby told Newscorp it would be ‘reprehensible’ for him to walk around with a government that’s costing them thousands of jobs.

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Thousands of Queenslanders have family and relatives in NSW and beyond.
Locking them out from visiting and vice versa without quarantine and expecting them to pay thousands of $$$ and a 14 day lock up will cost her the election.
Stupid selfish woman.

The most arrogant lying politician in Australia. There is no science behind her cruel heartless decisions. She cares only about herself and power.Her rants about how she loves and wants to care for all Queenslanders is absolute rubbish. I pray that the quiet Queenslanders will kick her into political oblivion on October 31.

I agree with all of your sentiments Joe, except I fear the narrow minded views of many will mean she will be re-elected again. A lack of strong opposition is also an issue.

Must be an election tomorrow.
Palaszczuk double standards of celebrity boarders.
and state is they have killed babies in the name of we care about you. Same baby killers want your vote. Not a chance in hell.
National news baby’s have died because of governments refused border crossing for medical help. Same governments saying they care about you.

That’s about worse case scenario, the delays at the borders will be horrendous, once again border residents will pay the price

Boo effing hoo, move if you don’t like

Can someone in the Qld government please list the 32 LGAs that they are talking about? The outer areas that have been inadvertently lumped in as “Greater Sydney” are unsure if they are included or not.

Hi Jennie, reater Sydney includes the following local government areas:

Bayside Council
Blacktown City Council
Municipality of Burwood
Camden Council (New South Wales)
City of Canada Bay
City of Canterbury-Bankstown
Cumberland City Council
Fairfield City Council
Georges River Council
City of Hawkesbury
The Hills Shire
Hornsby Shire
Municipality of Hunter’s Hill
Inner West Council
Ku-ring-gai Council
Lane Cove Council
City of Liverpool (New South Wales)
Mosman Council
North Sydney Council
Northern Beaches Council
City of Parramatta
City of Penrith
City of Randwick
City of Ryde
Municipality of Strathfield
Sutherland Shire
City of Sydney
Waverley Council
City of Willoughby
Municipality of Woollahra
The Queensland Government is yet to reveal an official list of locked out areas.

Campbelltown is a hot spot and not there so this is just a joke. The whole thing is a joke thought we were All Australians.

So i can get my relatives and friends some of whom live in these areas to meet up at say Newcastle, have a party etc. then travel back to QLD with no worries!
Just need to confirm I have not been to one of these hot spots.

Thank you Matthew. There are only 30 LGAs listed there and they are saying 32. I am really hoping that they don’t include the Central Coast.

I hope the Central Coast is not included but its not very clear

If you go on to Queensland Government site they say we are not on the list.

Sorry too break the news that the central coast does in fact form part of the greater Sydney area so will most definitely be among the excluded zones

Central coast is not on the list, Queensland government website has the list of the 32 LGAS

There’s a post from seven news listing the 32 Sydney LGA’s doesn’t include central coast according to the NSW government

That is not an official site from the news, you need to go onto Queensland government site and central coast is definitely not on the list

totally agree Jennie what are the 32 council areas ?

This is her version of payback to Gladys for being in the LNP.

South western Sydney is where the real problems are.
Huge migrant base who just don’t care.
The NSW government should impose a Vic based lock down in this area.

Fantastic!
We are Safe for another month

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Strangely over the last few weeks I have quizzed many of my friends and relatives who live in these so called hot spots and not one of them knows of anyone they no who has contracted the so called virus during the last 6 months!
How many do you know?

This is all Absolute Bulls***. Gladys has placed no restrictions upon those living in hotspots to move around and viciously infect others in areas accepted by QLD. So where are the Fool proof standards. We live in a Gladys state of No Control. The only similarity between batchelorette Gladys and Anastacia is their greed to destroy our land digging for COAL!!

People better be smart and vote this dumb thing out for good

Our poor children will be paying for the rest of their lives for this dumbo getting the state into so much debt.