NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a 50km border zone with Victoria today (Tuesday), reports the ABC. The zone will come into effect from this Friday, September 4.
Currently, Victorian border residents with permits to enter NSW must stay within a 2.5km zone. The newly-created zone will extend 50km either side of the state boundary and will make daily living for residents within it so much easier, giving them what NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro called a sense of “normality” again, reports The Corowa Free Press.
While announcing the zone in Albury, NSW, Gladys couldn’t resist making a little dig at QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “We [Gladys and VIC Premier Dan Andrews] came to the mutual conclusion that this was the best thing to do all round and I have to say it's a different approach to what I've experienced on our northern border, when I've still not had a conversation on the northern border,” she said.
She went on to say it was important for leaders to communicate to “work together for the benefit of local communities”, implying she didn’t think Annastacia was communicating. “I don't think the public has appetite, and I certainly don't have appetite for any public bickering, but I think it's really important for us to be talking to each other, and certainly keeping each other informed.”
Annastacia, for her part, confirmed yesterday (Monday), she wouldn’t be pushed into opening Queensland’s borders anytime soon. “Queensland will continue to have our borders closed to keep Queenslanders safe,” she said via 9News. “I’m not going to be moved on this.”
Yesterday, Victoria recorded 73 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths. The case number was its lowest since July 3. Today, NSW recorded 13 cases. Queensland had two cases. Meanwhile, the global coronavirus cases passed more than 25 million.
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