Qld Premier admits it may be “too late” to move border checkpoints south

The Queensland Premier has admitted the hopes of moving the border checkpoints further south are fading fast as she waits to hear back from the New South Wales Government.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday morning she is still yet to hear back from her southern counterpart after sending a letter earlier this week.

“We sent that letter away, I understand that they’re considering that letter,” she said.


“My concern now is that it could be getting too late.

“So we wait to hear. Hopefully, we’ll hear by close of business tomorrow.

“We were trying to keep those communities together in that border bubble.

“Time is ticking. We’re seeing an escalation of cases in New South Wales and that’s very concerning.”

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It comes just hours after border businesses held a community meeting in Coolangatta to discuss solutions to the tight border restrictions they say are crippling local businesses and families.

Locals argue moving the border to the Tweed River, just south of the shire, would help to alleviate the problem.

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Queensland recorded another day of no new COVID-19 cases, both locally and in hotel quarantine.

14,336 tests were conducted across the state in the 24 hours to 6am on Thursday.

1800 people are still in home quarantine, linked to the outbreaks in Brisbane and Cairns.

There are now over 190,000 Queenslanders on the waiting list to be vaccinated in the state after another 90,000 people registered overnight.

The Premier and Chief Health Officer also visited the Logan Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, announcing the facility will be ramped up to do 3,000 vaccinations a day by the end of September.

Both Logan and Cablooture have been identified as areas with lower vaccination rates.

Ms Palaszczuk also revealed the state will be launching a multilingual ad blitz on vaccines to try and boost numbers in the community.

“We’ve seen in parts of Melbourne and of course in Sydney where there have been some slow uptake from our multicultural communities,” she said.

“We’re going to make sure that definitely does not happen here in Queensland.”