Border debacle

There is confusion and disappointment as tighter restrictions for the border crossing came in at 1am this morning.

There were reports of the traffic queued past the cemetery at Boggabilla all the way to the checkpoint at Goondiwindi.

This included many locals trying to return home from work, and a school bus with children.

Some are wondering why the 'old bridge' couldn't have been opened to locals only, to save some who waited for up to five hours in the line.

A few locals even traveled the further distances via Texas or other routes to manage to get home at a decent time and before the 1am lock-out.

But as the road has cleared there is another larger issue at hand.

While the government has included a special 'X pass' for Border residents some have been left in limbo - in particular, North Star.

Some are also wondering why Moree has not been included, particularly with those who travel regularly for medical appointments.

When the full list of exempt postcodes was released yesterday local councils and politicians scrambled to try and have the problem fixed.

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said the closure was disappointing, but not surprising, with significant changes this time around which affect residents who would normally deem themselves living in a 'border community'.

"I have spent most of the day on the phone to the NSW Cross Border Commissioner fighting to at least get the 2408 postcode (North Star, Blue Nobby, Yallaroi) included in the exemption," Mr Marshall said.

"I ask those whose lives are affected by this border closure to please send an email to my office and I will make sure they find their way to the Queensland Premier."

For questions on individual cases you should call Queensland's COVID-19 hotline on 134 268 or visit https://www.qld.gov.au/.../bor.../border-restrictions-8-aug-2020

The Goondiwindi Argus will continue to follow this and hopefully provide an update if/when any changes are made.

If you have been effected by the new restrictions and would like to share your story please contact cady.biddle@austcommunitymedia.com.au or 0429 046 177.