Help for border issues
A Liberal National Party Victorian Government would establish a Cross Border Commissioner to address issues raised by conflicting laws and regulations, Shadow Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Minister Peter Walsh announced on Friday at Mildura.
Mr Walsh said people living and working in Victoria’s border communities alongside NSW and South Australia faced unique problems, including access to services, licensing and co-ordination of emergency services.
‘‘A lot changes when you travel across the border and for our business owners and residents in border communities this is an added complication to everyday life,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘It means our tradespeople have to get two separate licences to operate their business, while farmers and transport operators require two separate permits to move agricultural equipment.
‘‘It also makes it harder for our police officers and emergency services to share the information they need to do their job.’’
He said NSW already had a Cross Border Commissioner and had signed agreements with Queensland and the ACT.