Border closures aimed mainly at interstate travellers

GRC Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu.
GRC Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu.

Don't panic and it will "almost" be business as usual for "locals" according to GRC Mayor, Cr Greame Scheu.

He was speaking after a tele-conference with the Queensland Disaster Management team as Queensland prepared to close down its borders at midnight on Wednesday as the State Government attempts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

"A simple rule of thumb is that we can all go about what our normal daily business is. The real impact is on interstate travellers," he said.

However he urged those working in NSW and living in Queensland to get a letter from their employers

He said those who normally shop in Goondiwindi but live in NSW, such as Boggabilla, will be allowed across the border.

"But I urge them to minimise their number of shopping visits to ease congestion at the bridge. which will be patrolled by Police..

He said the Old Border Bridge will close with the only access point the border bridge on the eastern end of town.

The Queensland Government spoke about the closures earlier.

People needing to cross the border for work, to deliver freight or go to a doctor's appointment will be exempt from strict travel rules.

The state's disaster co-ordinator, police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, said work was under way to provide a permit or a dashboard sticker to allow exempt people to move across.

"It has to be ready for Wednesday night, obviously. So, we are working through that at the moment," he said.

"You will see police officers and other officials, government officials, out on the road as of one minute past midnight making sure that these measures work."

"Socialising is out."

People coming into Queensland for "non-essential" purposes will have to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.

The following measures will also be implemented across Council facilities and services: The Goondiwindi Cinema, Theatre and pool will remain closed. The Inglewood pool will close as planned on Tuesday, March 31.

Now closed:

Council's customer service office at 4 McLean Street, Goondiwindi; Library services in Goondiwindi, Texas and Inglewood will close temporarily while new safety practices are put in place. More information about access to online library resources will be announced in the coming days; The MacIntyre Sports Centre; The Texas Sports Centre; The Gilbert Oval function room; The Inglewood Recreation Centre function room; The Texas Rabbit Works; The Texas Art Gallery; Goondiwindi and Inglewood driver reviver; The Texas Heritage Centre and Tobacco Museum.

Although the library services will close temporarily, the customer service offices at those sites (100 Marshall Street - Goondiwindi, and Inglewood and Texas) will remain open at this stage.

This list of closures is subject to advice from Australian and Queensland governments and Council will continue to update the community as the situation progresses.