There has been no change to Queensland’s tough border restrictions with northern NSW despite the Northern Rivers being given the green light to emerge from lockdown.
The NSW Government today confirmed the Tweed Shire and a number of other regional areas that are currently deemed “low risk” will be released from lockdown at 12.01am on Saturday.
It sparked hope the Queensland Government may announce an easing of border rules, however, Queensland’s Deputy Premier confirmed a short time ago that current restrictions remain at this stage.
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“I note the NSW Government has today announced the lockdown in Tweed Shire Council will end at 12.01am on Saturday 11 September,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
“The current Queensland border restrictions with NSW remain in place.”
“The Cross Border Commissioner and Queensland’s Disaster Coordinator will meet to discuss arrangements in northern NSW and the border community.”
It’s understood those talks are set to take place within the next 24 hours, with border residents desperately hoping there will be some action in the coming days.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier this morning said her Government stands “ready to respond” once a decision on the regional lockdown had been made by NSW.
“As soon as we hear we will be reacting very quickly,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the lifting of the lockdown is a “signal to Queensland that it is time to end the catastrophic border division” and “restore border sanity”.
“The Tweed’s message to Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is listen to the people, listen to the science, listen to reason and restore the border zone today,” Mr Provest said.
He said it made “no sense” for the Queensland Government to “continue separating patients from doctors, children from parents and employees from workplaces”.
Under current rules, only a very limited number of essential workers who have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to cross the border.