Goondiwindi ALP member wants to hear your border 'bubble' story

Joel Richters wants to hear from NSW border residents on how they have been impacted by the Queensland border closure.
Joel Richters wants to hear from NSW border residents on how they have been impacted by the Queensland border closure.

A Goondiwindi ALP member who flies the flag for the Labor Party throughout Southern Downs, wants to hear your border bubble stories.

Joel Richters who stood as the Labor candidate for Southern Downs at the last election, and who will be standing at the next, has set up a "hotline" to give border residents a "voice".

And he's promised that "voice" will be heard by the Queensland Labor Party.

"Queensland has done such an amazing job keeping COVID-19 under control, even the the economy is rising," he said.

However while he believes the State Government has a "strong plan" in place to ensure Queensland doesn't become "another Victoria", he believes the "bubble" on the NSW side of the border should be expanded.

"The impact on so many people across the border has been enormous," he said.

"So many people have reached out since the border closed on Saturday."

"So, please, send your feedback to jori.es/bcfeedback."

While Mr Richters said the bubble should be expanded to include areas such as North Star, Croppa Creek and Tulloona, no-one wants to see an "extreme lock down".

That however may all depend on how the NSW government handles increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

"I understand why the Queensland Government is being wary," he said.

He also reacted to NSW Northen Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall who has criticised Queensland's handling of the coronavirus.

"All I would say to Mr Marshall, is people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. How about the NSW government look after their own problems and get on top of unidentified transmissions of COVID cases.

"That's the best way to make sure we don't have a more extreme lock down than we already have," he said.