BORDER BAN WOES: FAMILY V BUSINESS
A GRANITE Belt businesswoman says border restrictions have forced her to leave her family and move interstate to keep her business afloat.
The Courtyard Cafe owner Amanda Blair made the difficult decision on Tuesday to leave her home, daughter and husband in Queensland while she lived out of a motel room just over the border to operate her small shop.
“The situation is I live in Queensland, but my business is in NSW like lots of people so the impacts have been that I couldn’t run my business,” she said.
“When these types of snap decisions and overreactions come at the price of people’s livelihoods, careers and sanity, I have to wonder why.”
Mrs Blair said the move was her “only option” for the foreseeable future, and a decision larger businesses never had to worry about.
“It’s not financially viable for me not to be here (in NSW) in the long-term,” she said.
“Border bubbles worked fine, but this is a bit extreme.”
Mrs Blair could now go months without seeing her family.