Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Will Deni be in the zone?

- Deniliquin · Sydney · Edward River Council · New South Wales · Government of New South Wales · Cressy

De­niliquin may be in­cluded in the ex­tended ‘bor­der zone’, which would al­low peo­ple to cross the bor­der for work, ed­u­ca­tion and other es­sen­tial ser­vices with­out need­ing to iso­late in Syd­ney.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil Mayor Norm Bren­nan said while De­niliquin is 75km from the near­est bor­der town, the bor­der it­self is closer.

He said coun­cil is still work­ing with Cross Bor­der Com­mis­sioner James McTav­ish and the NSW Gov­ern­ment to de­ter­mine what that means for the district com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are still wait­ing on the ex­act de­tails but we be­lieve De­niliquin will be in­cluded in the bor­der zone ex­ten­sion be­cause Echu­caMoama is not ac­tu­ally the clos­est bor­der,’’ he said.

‘‘It ap­pears that we have gone away from post­codes too and started look­ing at com­mu­ni­ties. We are wait­ing to see new maps of this in com­ing days.

‘‘De­pend­ing on what you are do­ing in Vic­to­ria, you may still need to get a per­mit to get back.

‘‘We are still wait­ing on the de­tails to know ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing and what it means.’’

The ex­tended bor­der zone was an­nounced Tues­day last week, and is ex­pected to be put in place this week.

And even if De­niliquin is ex­cluded, the district is still in­cluded in the pre­vi­ously an­nounced bor­der re­gion.

Un­der bor­der re­gion rules, cross bor­der per­mits are ap­proved for crit­i­cal ser­vices only but mean the per­mit holder is ex­empt from manda­tory Syd­ney ho­tel quar­an­tine when re­turn­ing to NSW.

In other good news, Cr Bren­nan said per­mits have been per­mit­ted for more of the Quar­rel Civil Con­struc­tion team to re­turn to De­niliquin and con­tinue with the Cressy St works.

The busi­ness was un­able to ob­tain per­mits when the tighter bor­der re­gion rules came in to place ear­lier in Au­gust.

Sub-con­trac­tors and lo­cal staff were able to con­tinue water mains works and elec­tri­cal works dur­ing this time, but Cr Bren­nan said it would be great to see more be­ing done over com­ing weeks.

‘‘Works are start­ing up again which is great to see,’’ Cr Bren­nan said.

‘‘There is only about two months worth of works left to do.

‘‘If all goes well, works should be fin­ished be­fore De­cem­ber.’’

Works at the War­ing Gar­dens are still on pause while coun­cil awaits the re­sults of a her­itage as­sess­ment on the project.

The con­tin­u­a­tion of work will be sub­ject to ap­proval by Her­itage NSW.

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