Mayor of Tweed proposes alternate border solution

Southern Tweed Shire checkpoints would protect health and improve efficiency

Thursday 23 July, 2020

Mayor of Tweed Katie Milne has expressed support for comments by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that she was not in favour of moving the Queensland/NSW border checkpoints south to the Tweed River but moving them south of the Tweed Shire could be considered.

The Premier's comments are in line with a letter Councillor Milne has sent urging her to not agree with the Queensland Premier's request to move the border south to ease traffic congestion.

"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.

"The proposal by the Queensland Premier to move the checkpoint south to the Tweed River would simply move the same problem into NSW and the Tweed Shire," Cr Milne said.

"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.

"I support the Queensland Premier's border control but the management needs to be far more considerate of our border communities to relieve the havoc and extreme distress on our residents and businesses.

"We understand that new systems can experience problems but this should have been foreseen. This can and must be resolved through quicker processing of people at the checkpoint. Thankfully, this seems to be improving but still has a long way to go.

"Council is not a decision maker in the border arrangements and we do not have the authority to alter them.  We can only advocate for our community.

"We assure Tweed residents affected by the delays that we are working with the NSW and Qld Government and police as much as we can," she said.

All enquiries about the road closures should be directed to the Queensland Government on 13 74 68 and updates are available from covid.nsw.gov.au

For more information about Council's response to COVID-19 and links to government and health information, visit https://emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus and follow Council's Facebook page.
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