The Tweed Mayor has come up with a bold plan to solve the current borders woes – move the checkpoints south of the Tweed Shire.
The New South Wales Premier this week rejected a reject a request from Queensland to shift the checkpoints to the Tweed River.
Gladys Berejiklian said that congestion at the checkpoints is essentially Queensland’s problem, suggesting they be moved north instead.
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Tweed Mayor Katie Milne has backed Ms Berejikilian’s decision to turn down Queensland’s plea.
But she’s now come up with her own suggestion to help solve the problem.
“As an alternative, the respective state governments may wish to consider moving the border checkpoints to the southern end of the Tweed Shire where traffic could be more easily controlled,” Cr Milne said.
“There are only three locations on the Motorway, Tweed Valley Way and Kyogle Road that would require checkpoints.
“This option would still impact residents and businesses however it is likely to be significantly less than the current arrangements.”
Councillor Milne says moving the checkpoint to the Tweed River would simply move the problem into the heart of the Tweed Shire.
“While the border communities are highly interconnected, the communities within the Tweed Shire are connected to an even greater degree.
“Many of our businesses including one of the largest local food supplier to our restaurants and cafes would be directly affected, as would our Council – one of the largest employers in the Tweed – with its civic centres and provision of essential services occurring both north and south of the Tweed River.”
Cr Milne says authorities should have foreseen the problems being experienced at the borders and has called for quicker processing at checkpoints.