Border rules re­laxed

Free move­ment across Mur­ray River for re­gion’s res­i­dents

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By BRAY­DEN MAY

THE gap cre­ated be­tween the Cam­paspe re­gion and Moama is fi­nally clos­ing.

On Wednes­day, Septem­ber 16, NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian an­nounced res­i­dents liv­ing in border com­mu­ni­ties would be al­lowed to move freely be­tween the two states.

And by mid­night Thurs­day the changes were in ef­fect, pro­vid­ing a big boost to towns near the border, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal lead­ers.

“Coun­cil was very pleased to learn of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent re­view of re­stric­tions, and re­mains ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­forts of MPs, lo­cal busi­nesses, border com­mis­sion­ers, coun­cils and the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment for their sup­port in hav­ing the re­stric­tions mod­i­fied,” Cam­paspe Shire mayor Adrian We­ston said.

“Coun­cil thanks the NSW Gov­ern­ment for its quick re­sponse and con­grat­u­lates the com­mu­nity for their con­tin­ued ef­forts to re­main COVID-safe, which has led di­rectly to the most re­cent eas­ing of the border re­stric­tions.

“The an­nounce­ment can only as­sist many res­i­dents and busi­nesses who have faced sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and emo­tional hard­ship due to the com­bi­na­tion of re­stric­tions that were in place on both sides of the river.

“Coun­cil en­cour­ages res­i­dents from both sides of the river to ac­quire the nec­es­sary per­mits and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses dur­ing this on­go­ing pe­riod of dif­fi­culty.”

State Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh said the re­turn of ‘daily life’ con­di­tions in the border re­gion was a big step for­ward for north­ern Vic­to­ria.

He said it was some­thing he had been work­ing on with his par­lia­men­tary col­leagues in NSW for some time.

“There have been a few hic­cups, but as well as pres­sur­ing for change we have been able to demon­strate north­ern Vic­to­ria has been lead­ing the fight against COVID-19 in Vic­to­ria,” Mr Walsh said.

“Bring­ing our com­mu­ni­ties back to­gether means sport can once again get go­ing, peo­ple can use many of the great fa­cil­i­ties both sides of the river — it’s al­most like pre-COVID days.

“But this is just the first step; and should have hap­pened weeks ago.

“There are still real chal­lenges need­ing ur­gent so­lu­tions. The NSW Gov­ern­ment must let our farm­ing in­dus­tries have ac­cess to the whole state, and I will keep push­ing for that; and the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment must cut the chains and let us get the re­gional econ­omy back to work and back on track, and I’ll keep push­ing for that, too.”

Mur­ray River Coun­cil is re­mind­ing res­i­dents to al­low ex­tra travel time when en­ter­ing NSW.

“With traf­fic ex­pected to in­crease over the Echuca-Moama bridge due to eas­ing of border re­gion per­mit con­di­tions, we are re­mind­ing peo­ple to avoid peak times in morn­ings (6.30am-9.30am) and af­ter­noons (3pm-6pm),” a state­ment said.

“Some mo­torists cross­ing dur­ing peak times have ex­pe­ri­enced de­lays be­tween 20 and 50 min­utes, so if mo­torists can avoid the bridge at this time this may help ease the con­ges­tion.”

The fol­low­ing will not change: If you are a border re­gion res­i­dent who is a NSW res­i­dent:

■ You must not travel to any part of Vic­to­ria that is out­side the border re­gion or is a COVID-19 area of con­cern;

■ If you do travel out­side the border re­gion in Vic­to­ria your per­mit will no longer au­tho­rise you to en­ter NSW and you will need to ap­ply for a NSW res­i­dent’s per­mit to re-en­ter NSW (re­quir­ing flight into Syd­ney Air­port and quar­an­tine);

■ If you are a border re­gion res­i­dent who is a Vic­to­rian res­i­dent:

■ You must not travel to any part of NSW that is out­side the border re­gion; and

■ You must not en­ter NSW if you have been in a re­stricted area in Vic­to­ria or in a COVID-19 area of con­cern in the pre­vi­ous 14 days.

De­lays are still ex­pected when cross­ing into Moama.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.