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Media release

10 September 2021

Tweed Shire Council
 

Cross border taskforce welcomes reinstatement of border bubble

Taskforce achieves vision of easier cross border movement for essential purposes

Man opening business border bubble

Today's announcement from the Queensland Government that a border bubble is being reinstated from Monday is good news for many businesses on both sides of the border.

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry

The bipartisan Cross Party Cross Border Taskforce has wholeheartedly welcomed today’s announcement by the Queensland Government of the reinstatement of the previous border bubble.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said it was fantastic to see that common sense had prevailed and the taskforce’s proposal of the re-instatement of the border bubble had been achieved.

The border changes will be in force from 1am on Monday 13 September and follow the NSW Government’s announcement of the lifting of the lockdown for North Coast LGAs from 12.01am tomorrow (Saturday 11 September).

“We are so excited for the many border businesses and families who had suffered terribly under the previous hard border arrangements,” Cr Cherry said.

“Some families will be reunited, health care will be available once again and businesses can access their premises and their workers can return. 

“There has been so much hard work going on behind the scenes over the last month to rectify this dreadful situation, so today’s news is just fantastic.

“I would like to thank and congratulate the members of this taskforce who have put their political affiliations aside to work together for the one aim of helping our communities on both sides of the border.

“Special thanks goes to the NSW Cross Border Commissioner James McTavish for his tireless advocacy and to the Deputy Premiers of NSW and Queensland, John Barilaro and Steven Miles for brokering a solution to this difficult situation,” Cr Cherry said.

“After a long struggle and some dark days, the communities of the NSW North Coast and the Gold Coast can finally see a future and get back to living their lives and running their businesses.”

Queensland Health has said an essential worker is someone who cannot work from home - this includes teachers and retail workers. All workers who cross into the state must have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Cross Party Cross Border Taskforce members are: Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry (chair and independent), Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals), Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor), Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) Ballina MLC Catherine Cusack (Liberal), Currumbin MP Laura Gerber (Liberal National Party) and Burleigh MP Michael Hart (Liberal National Party).

Some restrictions remain in place for LGAs removed from lockdown.

Entry to Queensland is subject to border pass requirements.

 

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Photo 1: Man opening business border bubble

Caption: Today's announcement from the Queensland Government that a border bubble is being reinstated from Monday is good news for many businesses on both sides of the border.

Photo 2: Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry.

Caption: Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry.

 
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