‘Three hour wait’ to get into Qld, due to reinstated border barriers

Locals are reporting the worst delays they’ve ever seen, while trying to get into Queensland through Coolangatta this afternoon.

Traffic is already banked up down Wharf Street and over the Boyd Bridge, with motorists waiting to get through the re-installed Griffith Street checkpoint.

It comes just hours after the concrete barriers were reinstated, leaving only three ways into Queensland: the M1, the Gold Coast Highway and Griffith Street.


Motorists say it’s taken them more than three hours trying to get from Banora Point to Kirra.

Police earlier reported that they’re considering reopening the other checkpoints but they need time.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says it could take a couple of weeks to get them in and residents should plan accordingly.

“Over the coming days and potentially weeks, we will seek to open up more checkpoints as resourcing permits.

“But it was really important to get everything locked down ahead of the 6 o’clock start this morning,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.

Residents have been left frustrated by the closures, after only 22 days since the blocks were removed following months of dramas.

But motorists told myGC that today’s delays have been worse than the rest.

Member for Currumbin Laura Gerber earlier said the government needs to come up with a better solution.

“We in the community have really struggled with this border closure.

“My community straddles one foot in Queensland and one in New South Wales and we just need a system that keeps locals safe, but allows locals to go about their daily business,” Ms Gerber said.

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