MEMBER for Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has encouraged New South Wales/Queensland border residents to familiarise themselves with new restrictions, after the Queensland Government today formally closed it border to regional NSW and re-established a border zone.
Mr Marshall said the Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell and Moree Plains local government areas had thankfully been included in the new border zone, allowing residents to still enter Queensland to conduct essential activities.
"At this stage in the pandemic we must be grateful for the little things and I for one am pleased the Queensland Government has learnt from its past mistakes and has again adopted a local government area-based border bubble," Mr Marshall said.
"While ever Queensland deems all of NSW a COVID-19 hotspot, NSW border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone and then into Queensland.
"I'll continue to monitor the situation and liaise with the Cross Broder Commissioner on a daily basis to ensure our border communities are not left out in the cold by Queensland."
A Queensland Travel Declaration is required for everyone entering the state. You must complete the form in the three days before you travel to Queensland.
From 1am this morning, Queensland residents and New South Wales border zone residents can only cross the border to:
- get food or other goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes, including for pets, and for vulnerable persons
- access medical or health care or get medical supplies
- get a COVID-19 vaccine
- get a COVID-19 test
- provide assistance, care or support to a family member or to fulfil other caring responsibilities
- attend any court or tribunal of Australia or to comply with or give effect to orders of the court or tribunal of Australia
- attend a childcare facility, school, university, or other educational institution
- take a child attending organised sport (for example team sport, this does not include sport
- assist with or participate in an investigation or other action by a law enforcement authority
- comply with or give effect to the exercise of a power or function of a government agency or entity under a law
- to continue existing arrangements for contact between, parents, children and siblings who don't live together
- avoid injury or illness
- escape a risk of harm
- escape an emergency situation.
- You can stay overnight as needed for one of the above reasons.
To complete a Queensland Entry Pass, visit www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/travelling-to-queensland