Lister takes local border closure problems to the Premier

Member for Southern Downs, James Lister, has been "inundated" by complaints about the border closure.

"The border closure put in place at 1am on Saturday morning, although necessary, has again hit the border communities of our electorate hard," Mr Lister said.

"My Southern Downs Electorate staff and I have been inundated with phone calls and emails. Constituents on both sides of the border have discovered that they can not send their children to school, can not buy groceries, can not go to work, service clients or tend to their animals. My office has been working with the Premier's office to flag these urgent issues on behalf of people on both sides of the border.

"I've already written to the Premier with concerns about the border closure's impacts on our interests in Southern Downs, and I'll be writing to her again and speaking in Parliament this week to formalise our most recent concerns.

"The border closure is a necessary move to protect Queensland from coronavirus and I think that everyone understands this. But my job is to represent those workers, communities, farmers and small businesses who have been disproportionately impacted by the latest closure. If Queensland is to be safe from coronavirus, the burden mustn't fall on our people alone. From veterinary surgeons to tyre shops, from teachers to farmers, our people living and working along the border on both sides are having a rough time.

"In the Electorate of Southern Downs, we are paying a heavy price. Unlike the border postcodes along the Tweed, we have a much less dense population of people, some of our constituents travel hundreds of kilometres each day to reach their closest community or service area putting them outside the postcode areas. The Governments new policy does not reflect this understanding", Mr Lister said.

"I am writing to the Premier, and I will be standing up in Parliament this week to further voice these concerns."

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