Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Will Deni be in the zone?
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.