The Tweed Heads Council has agreed to write to both the Queensland and New South Wales Premiers, with a list of suggestions that would help out the community within the border bubble.
It comes after weeks of controversy over the new arrangements, which were brought in when the whole of New South Wales was considered a hot spot by Queensland.
A ‘border bubble’ zone was established to ensure that Tweed and Gold Coast residents could travel freely within their communities, but it limits those travellers from going outside of the bubble area.
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The Tweed Council has now decided that in light of Queensland hinting that borders could be closed until Christmas, they have a list of suggestions that would make the bubble more sustainable for the Tweed for that time.
Mayor Katie Milne has thanked the Premiers for their assistance so far, but there are other issues that need to be addressed.
“We understand the reason for the Queensland Premier’s border controls and are thankful that the whole of the Tweed Shire (with the recent inclusion of Tweed residents in the 2483 postcode) has now been included in the border bubble.
“However, we have been inundated by residents and businesses getting in touch explaining how the restrictions are negatively impacting their lives and livelihoods.
“We know Queensland will want to be confident of the integrity of an expanded border bubble so we are requesting that the NSW Premier considers imposing intrastate travel restrictions to the border zone areas and establishing a Northern Rivers bubble checkpoint.
“We are also asking for financial support from the NSW Government for businesses and residents who have been negatively impacted more than others in our State by the border closure,” Cr Milne said.
The full list of demands is below.
1 – Queensland considers amending the current style of restrictions to revert to the restrictions that were originally in place from March to July.
2 – The current NSW and Queensland border bubble be extended to the southern border of Ballina Shire, NSW to encompass this critical economic zone.
3 – The current NSW and Queensland border bubble be extended to north of Brisbane.
4 – That critical workers from Queensland outside the bubble areas be allowed into the NSW bubble areas, in-line with the current allowance for critical workers from NSW being allowed to service Queensland.
5 – That the NSW Premier imposes intrastate travel restrictions to the border bubble areas, or at least from any NSW COVID-19 hotspot clusters, to protect rural and regional areas such as the Tweed Shire, maintain the integrity of the border bubble and give confidence to Queensland.
6 – NSW commits resources to operate a Northern Rivers bubble checkpoint.
7 – Consideration be given to providing increased specialist medical services to be provided in the area for northern NSW residents no longer able to be cared for in Queensland.
8 – NSW assists residents with financial support to quarantine in Queensland if required for essential medical, work or other purposes.
9 – Further financial support is provided for NSW residents and businesses negatively impacted by the border closures.
10 – Queensland provides greater flexibility for compassionate grounds for NSW residents to be with their families in Queensland.