Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin



FRUSTRATED motorists faced delays of more than an hour and a half on Friday as the reality of the NSW-Queensland border closure set in.

One driver reported that they “only moved 600m in an hour”.

One tradie told the Bulletin he had waited an hour and 45 minutes before giving up and calling a friend to meet him on the NSW side of the border. “I couldn’t afford to wait any longer.”

Some motorists resorted to parking and walking across the divide to be picked up by friends.

Temporary police checkpoint­s at the border were to be replaced with a concrete structure overnight.

Gold Coast’s Acting Chief Superinten­dent Rhys Wildman expected the concrete barriers on the M1 and Gold Coast Highway would be installed by 5am Saturday. Police will work to set up another two border checkpoint­s – at Miles and Dixon streets – in the coming days, depending on police resources.

Supt Wildman urged motorists to check they had completed the correct border pass and had it printed out and displayed to ease delays at the border.

“If you are coming from a hot zone in NSW or another jurisdicti­on, you cannot drive into Queensland,” he said.

“You need to get on a plane, complete your border pass and fly into Queensland …. If you’re eligible to remain in Queensland – such as a Queensland resident – then you will be required to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days.”

Deputy Police Commission­er Steve Gollschews­ki urged motorists to be patient at the border in the wake of the sudden closure.

He said police intercepte­d 1416 vehicles at the border on Thursday, four of which were turned around. One person was placed in hotel quarantine.

He said 1220 people were processed at domestic air borders, 15 people were refused entry and 100 people went into hotel quarantine. 170 internatio­nal travellers were processed, but Mr Gollschews­ki did not indicate any noncomplia­nce from the overseas travellers.

On Thursday, 270 heavy vehicles were intercepte­d, 23 did not have the correct border passes and six had travelled from a hotspot.

Three penalty infringeme­nt notices were issued.

 ?? Picture: Glenn Hampson ?? The hard border closure at Coolangatt­a brought with it long queues on Friday.
Picture: Glenn Hampson The hard border closure at Coolangatt­a brought with it long queues on Friday.

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