The Queensland-New South Wales border could remain closed until September, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the ABC this morning.
The state government’s recent three-stage roadmap for the easing of coronavirus restrictions had earmarked mid-July as a rough date for the reopening of the state’s borders. But talking to ABC News Breakfast, Palaszczuk said she remained concerned about the rate of community transmission in southern states.
“I would say that things would look more positive towards September – having said that, I do not want to rule anything out, I will give you that advice at the end of May, as quickly as possible,” Palaszczuk said.
The premier said the decision would be reviewed on a monthly basis. “It's not my decision. It’s based on the best health advice,” she said.
“We do know that there’s school holidays approaching as well, we know people want certainty.
“At the end of the day, I really hope that we see an Australia where people can travel freely once again through all of our borders because that's the way we work best together.”
The premier’s comments came just a day after her New South Wales counterpart, Gladys Berejiklian, told Sky News that she wanted the border with Queensland reopened as soon as possible.
“I’d really like to see those borders come down because just that trade, and commerce and flexible workforce across the states will boost our economy no end,” Berejiklian told Sky.