Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Border operation ends

- ~ with Anna McGuinness

Victoria Police has scaled back its enforcemen­ts on the Victoria-NSW border.

The border operation ended on Tuesday, October 12.

Based on updated health advice, the decision — announced on Friday, October 8 — saw the police presence gradually reduced, and the more than 300 officer operation end.

Victoria Police will now only use local resources to patrol the border to ensure ongoing compliance with the permit conditions.

Police resources will be redeployed, with 100 working at the state border to join Operation Guardian in patrolling the metropolit­an Melbourne border with regional Victoria.

The remaining 200 will return to their original place of work or assist with COVID19 enforcemen­t operations.

On the Saturday before the police operation came to an end, five Victorian and four NSW local government areas rejoined the border bubble.

Benalla, Greater Bendigo, Buloke, Loddon, Yarriambia­ck, Hay, Lockhart, Murrumbidg­ee and Wagga Wagga shires are all back in the Victorian Government’s border bubble definition.

This means residents from these areas could cross the Victoria-NSW border with proof of address alone, provided they have not travelled anywhere else outside the border bubble zone.

However, the NSW border region is different from the Victorian Government’s and the NSW Government still has restrictio­ns on travellers from Victoria entering the state.

Victoria is listed as an ‘area of concern’ by NSW, meaning anyone entering the state from outside the border region must complete a travel declaratio­n and follow stay-athome rules for 14 days.

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