Our border shuts
NSW and Queensland border closed for first time since Spanish flu
QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Sunshine State will close its borders from midnight tonight in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
New arrivals into Queensland will have to self quarantine for 14 days.
The decision was made in a Cabinet meeting on Monday as the coronavirus pandemic escalates. This will pose an issue on the Gold Coast where the border runs through Gold Coast Airport and central Coolangatta.
As the situation is constantly changing, head to the Tweed Daily News website for the most up-to-date information.
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TWEED Shire Council will not argue it should be treated any differently after the NSW Government’s coronavirus lockdown call, despite sharing a border with Queensland.
Mayor Katie Milne and general manager Troy Green applauded the move and said it should have happened sooner.
“First up, I would like to acknowledge the moves made by respective tiers of government to act boldly to address perhaps the greatest public health threat in our recent history,” Mr Green said.
“I echo Mayor Katie Milne, of Tweed Shire Council, in applauding any move to have a close-down, particularly of non-essential service, sooner rather than later.
“Given their experience, Italy has been encouraging the world to act sooner, quicker and more radically. Therefore Tweed Shire Council stands behind the State Government and fully supports any initiative to protect the health and wellbeing of its residents.”
Mr Green said 32 per cent of Tweed’s population was aged over 60 and the shire would “fully co-operate with any directive of the State Government”.
“From council’s perspective, we are clear on the essential services that are required by the Tweed community and are well progressed in identifying those staff that provide essential services such as water, wastewater and waste collection,” he said.
“Our plans are ready to ensure our staff are able to continue providing these essential services.”
Mr Green was adamant “the sooner we as a community adhere to the social distancing, lock ourselves down for a period, the sooner we will be able to return to some form of normality”.
“The more exemptions and exceptions of people not being locked down, the longer this virus will prevail,” he said.
ACTS APPLAUDED: Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne and (inset) Tweed Shire Council general manager Troy Green.