Sixteen carnival operators who allegedly travelled to Queensland from Victoria have been fined for entering the state on incorrect border passes.
The show workers were transporting amusement rides to Mackay and passed through the Goondiwindi checkpoint on October 5, displaying a freight declaration pass.
However, police said that upon further investigation, they discovered the group did not actually meet the strict conditions attached to the freight declaration pass criteria.
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“The group had declared they would travel into Queensland for the purpose of delivering show rides to the Rockhampton Showgrounds,” Qld police said.
“However following investigations, police will allege the group intended to stay in the state and operate show rides at various Queensland locations.”
Officers tracked the workers down at the Mackay Showgrounds, where they were immediately ordered into quarantine.
They were then all tested by Queensland Health and thankfully returned negative results for COVID-19.
According to police, the group are currently travelling towards the Queensland/New South Wales border after being kicked out of the state.
The workers, all from Victoria, have each been fined $4,003 for failing to comply with the Covid-19 Border Direction.