The Chronicle

Hope for trapped family


A FAMILY trapped in New South Wales for more than a month after getting caught south of the border while trying to relocate back to the Darling Downs has received a glimmer of hope that their ordeal may soon finally be over.

A Queensland Health spokesman confirmed an exemption applicatio­n has been received for the family to head home.

“Queensland Health is providing significan­t support to the applicant to progress this exemption applicatio­n,” he said.

“Our Exemptions Team are in contact with the family to ensure they provide sufficient informatio­n to support their applicatio­n to enter Queensland by road. Once further informatio­n is provided, the applicatio­n can be progressed.”

The news comes as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state’s domestic border would be opened on December 17, regardless of whether 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday declared families needed to be reunited and that “we have to give certainty”.

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