Our border shuts

NSW and Queens­land border closed for first time since Spanish flu

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Luke Mor­timer

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.

Pic­ture: Nigel Hal­lett

ACTS AP­PLAUDED: Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne and (in­set) Tweed Shire Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Troy Green.

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