Help for bor­der is­sues

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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.

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