State Government “not prepared” for snap border closure

The State Opposition has slammed the Queensland Government, accusing them of not being prepared for their own hard border closure.

Just three checkpoints have been set up on the Gold Coast, with one on the M1, the Gold Coast Highway and Griffith Street at Coolangatta, causing traffic mayhem for motorists.

It’s sparked desperate calls for more checkpoints, however Queensland Police have admitted that won’t be possible until more resources are made available.


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Currumbin MP Laura Gerber said her phone did not stop at all yesterday, with calls from frustrated locals stuck in the gridlock.

“There was traffic all through the back streets of Tweed Heads, Kirra and Currumbin, they were completely clogged,” Ms Gerber said.

“I had people calling me that finished a shift at Tweed City and tried to get home to Kirra or Coolangatta and it took them up to four hours to get home.

“I had constituents that had doctors appointments in John Flynn Hospital and also at the Tweed Hospital and they either had to cancel or were stuck in traffic for around an hour and a half to three hours.

“Imagine if that was an emergency, it’s just unacceptable, it puts people at risk.”

Ms Gerber said the State Government should have already known the consequences, following the first hard border closure.

“The Labor Government should have been prepared for this,” she said.

“I can’t believe they’ve had all of this time and all of a sudden they’re slamming borders shut and got no resources to man them.

“It’s an absolute disgrace.”

While more checkpoints are on the horizon, motorists and local businesses are being warned they will have to put up with the traffic chaos for a little while longer.

“I’ve been given no time frame on when more checkpoints will open, I’ve been given no clarity around when that might happen,” Ms Gerber said.

“And of course the resources are not the problem of police, the resources are contingent on the State Labor Government allocating that, pulling those resources and giving that to the police so that they can actually man these checkpoints.”