A Tweed Councillor has called for Queensland to appoint a border commissioner, to calm concern and confusion for those in the new ‘border bubble’.
Under the Queensland government’s new restrictions, residents within the Tweed and the Gold Coast have formed a new bubble zone, which will allow those residents to cross the border for work, school or any reason.
However, if you live in the border and you cross it regularly, you’re then not allowed to travel beyond the bubble in either direction.
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The new rules, which came into place over the weekend, have caused confusion for Tweed residents in particular, with local councillors flooded with complaints.
Councillor James Owen says he’s been overwhelmed with questions about exemptions, inclusions and exclusions, as well as concerns over community sports commitments and work and school.
He’s now calling for Queensland to appoint it’s own Cross Border Commissioner, like NSW, to deal with the issues.
“Strong advocacy, active representation, and effective communication is more crucial than ever for border communities, such as ours in the Tweed Shire,” Councillor Owen said.
“There has never been a greater need for effective and productive collaboration between Queensland and New South Wales over border issues since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the appointment of a Queensland Cross Border Commissioner to work with the new New South Wales Cross Border Commissioner will assist this,” he said.