‘Qld is dead to me’: New border backlash

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is copping the heat from NSW residents who have been told they are still not welcome into the Sunshine State.

On Tuesday, Ms Palaszczuk announced Queensland will throw open its borders to five additional New South Wales Shires from next weekend.

The 41 postcodes that make up Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glenn Innes shires will be welcome in Queensland from 1am on October 1, with Queensland residents allowed to “travel freely” to those regions.

But residents in regions that have not had any community transmission cases – including suburbs in western NSW – say there is “no science” that supports the new border rule.

“There’s no science in this,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Even metro Sydney has gone a full incubation period without unknown transmission.”

“The new changes aren’t enough,” another added.

“Families are hurting … enough of your power trip.

“Hard border closures for such a small number of cases was always absurd. Qld is dead to me, they want to stand alone cut em (sic) loose.”

Residents in Coffs Harbour complained that having gone more than 145 days without a COVID-19 case, so they too should be allowed into the Sunshine State, while those from the Far West, Hunter New England and Southern NSW have also gone four weeks without a single case.

“Covid-free for over 145 days, yet still can’t cross the QLD border,” one wrote from Coffs Harbour.

The decision comes as NSW records just two cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and just four cases on Monday. No new cases were recorded in Queensland.

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Ms Palaszczuk said residents in the new border zone regions of NSW would be able to apply for a pass to travel around Queensland, and Queenslanders “will also be able to travel as well”.

“I think this is a great effort to consider how we can make our border zones more effective, but also looking at these areas have a lot in common with Queensland … So we believe that this is the right measure to take,” she said.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said she hoped it would make life easier for northern NSW residents.

“There have been no cases in those border areas for quite some time … there have been no cases north of Sydney for quite a while,” Dr Young said.

“So it is safe to open up. The people that live on that border have a lot more to do with Queensland than they do with NSW.

“We know the difficulties (border closures) have caused those communities.”

There are about 152,000 people who live in those shires. Queenslanders and northern NSW residents coming into Queensland will still need to apply for a border declaration pass to confirm they have not visited a hotspot in the previous 14 days.

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