Goondiwindi Regional Council has welcomed today's news that the Queensland Government will be reinstating a restricted version of the border bubble from 1am on Monday (September 13).
The news follows yesterday's announcement that Moree Plains, Inverell and Gwydir Shire Councils will have their lockdowns lifted from 12.01am tomorrow (September 11).
The Honourable Cr Lawrence Springborg AM, Mayor of Goondiwindi said, "The key message from both the Queensland and New South Wales Premier's is that one case in a neighbouring NSW LGA, and the NSW lockdown and stricter QLD border restrictions will be back".
"I have fielded many hundreds of phone calls over recent weeks on this matter and know how the current restrictions have impacted our families, businesses and communities. Today's announcement is without a doubt welcome. I acknowledge how hard this has been on our shared communities. I do caution everyone though that this could all change very quickly with a single positive COVID case. The NSW Deputy Premier has said as much yesterday evening," Councillor Springborg said.
"The devil is in the detail and we are all still waiting for the new Border Restriction Directive to confirm the specifics, and we should not speculate further until that happens. Although based on the Queensland Premier's press conference earlier today, we are expecting greater flexibility for NSW-based Queensland students and the definition of essential worker to be expanded.
"However, with NSW confirming another 1542 cases today alone (a new daily record), I fully expect that there will still be some limitations or requirements for residents wanting to move across the border. The reality is that with NSW lockdowns being lifted, along with the NSW case numbers continuing to go up, the virus is likely to continue to spread in NSW and we all need to be extremely cautious," he said.
"Given the likely ongoing strict requirements around COVID vaccination and testing, I wish to confirm that Council has had no indication from state government authorities that we will be reinstating the E-Gates in the short-term. I remain grateful for the perseverance of our community through these difficult circumstances.
"I understand that this has been a difficult period for everyone on both sides of the border, I take this opportunity to remind you to continue to look out for each other as the situation continues to evolve. Emotions have been high, and many people have been put under extreme pressure, but I trust that as one community we will continue to support each other.
"Please keep yourselves safe and continue to get vaccinated as this is our best chance of reducing the viruses spread, COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths. We are all aiming to meet the requirements under the national plan to provide greater freedoms across the country, which we all eagerly await.
Upcoming vaccination clinic for 12+ years:
There will be Goondiwindi COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 12 years and over, specifically for school-aged children and/or their unvaccinated parents/carers.
- At B Block, Goondiwindi Hospital
- Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 8am to 5pm
- Parental/guardian consent forms can be collected from the clinic location (B Block, Goondiwindi Hospital) or schools.
- Walk-ins only.
- Parking available at the bowls club.