Coronavirus: Moree Plains Shire Council to investigate implications for border towns with Queensland's border closure

Boggabilla residents need to access medical services and essential grocery supplies over the Queensland border at Goondiwindi.
Boggabilla residents need to access medical services and essential grocery supplies over the Queensland border at Goondiwindi.

Moree Plains Shire Council is currently liaising with the NSW government to determine the local implications of the proposed Queensland border closure.

On Monday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the border restrictions, which will force anyone entering the state to quarantine themselves for 14 days after arrival.

The new measures are set to come into force on midnight on Wednesday, March 25.

Moree Plains Shire Council is now in talks with the NSW government to find out what this will mean for locals who live and work in Mungindi, Boggabilla and Toomelah.

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Mungindi residents have their health service on the Queensland side of the town and essential grocery supplies available on the NSW side.

For Boggabilla and Toomelah residents, both medical services and essential grocery supplies are accessed and purchased at Goondiwindi.

Meanwhile, Goondiwindi Regional Council will tele-conference with the Queensland government to gain more clarification on how the ban would impact the border towns.

Goondiwindi mayor Graeme Scheu.

Goondiwindi mayor Graeme Scheu.

"In other states there are clear exemptions to border closures in place for residents who live near the state borders, so we just need to wait for the details to see how it's going to affect our region," Goondiwindi mayor Graeme Scheu said.

"We understand the intention of closing borders, but we would encourage the State to respond to the needs of rural agricultural areas, with regional hubs that service geographically dispersed populations. That differs from the needs of coastal towns."

Queensland's Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to finalise the details of the restrictions and what exemptions will come into play.

It is hoped that special exemptions, like those to be put in place in South Australia, will be made in border communities where people need to regularly cross to access essential services and employment.

Further details will be provided in the coming day once the arrangements proposed by the Queensland Government are confirmed.