‘Deserted’ border ahead of ADF arrival


    Scenes of chaos and carnage have been described at the main border crossing from NSW into Queensland, but a video from a local has painted an entirely different picture. A clip filmed by a car passenger on Thursday showed almost completely empty roads at the border crossing into Coolangatta, Queensland, where ADF troops are set to be deployed in coming days.

    “So this is the border, thank god the army are on their way,” the woman said sarcastically while filming the virtually empty streets. Someone else shared a photo of the “deserted” area to Facebook on Tuesday, with not one car on the road at 8am. The scene was described as “criminal” by one, while others said it was likely the result of people complying with orders to stay home or not trying to enter Queensland without an “essential” reason.

    There were reports of lengthy delays at the checkpoint on Monday, after the whole of NSW went into lockdown and police were tasked with checking every person entering Queensland. The sunshine state’s most burdensome border rules have since been introduced, including allowing entry only to health, medical, emergency workers, freight or logistics workers, defense personnel, of critical infrastructure workers.


    Residents of the border zone will only enter Queensland if they need to obtain essential goods they cannot “reasonably obtain” in NSW or for crucial work. Additionally, everyone entering Queensland from Friday will need to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

    The harsh approach has infuriated residents even further, with people moving house, supporting an ill relative, or trying to get to work being severely inconvenienced. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk requested troops be brought in to prevent Sydney’s Delta outbreak further leaking into the state. A spokesperson for the Premier announced on Wednesday evening that 100 troops would be helping police at the checkpoint but didn’t say when they would arrive.


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