Border passes required to go north
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today urged border residents needing to access essential services in Queensland to apply for a border pass, with Queensland border restrictions now in force to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Mr Marshall said restricted entry started at 12.01am on Thursday, which will have implications for border residents.
“The Queensland Government has decided to close its borders, which means all arrivals into the state must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they have an exemption," he said.
“Exemptions are in place for border communities like Mungindi, Boggabilla, Toomelah and Bonshaw, which rely on Queensland businesses to do their grocery shopping, attend medical appointments and work.
“The Queensland Government will allow NSW border residents to enter the state for these essential services, as long as they don’t intend on staying longer than reasonably necessary.
“People living in these communities need to go online as soon as possible and apply for a border pass, which they will need to present if asked for by the authorities.”
Mr Marshall said the Queensland restrictions had been established to allow for the continuation of essential goods and services.
“I know many border farmers and freight companies would today be questioning what these changes mean for their operations,” he said.
“Quarantine exemptions are in place those living outside of Queensland who provide services including transport of goods and freight including food, agribusinesses, essential health services, emergency services, maintenance and repair for critical infrastructure, energy, mining or government workers who perform official duties.
“What I would say to anyone who feels they could be affected by these border restrictions is apply for the border pass as soon as they are able.”
To apply for a Queensland Entry Pass click here.