From 1am on October 1, New South Wales residents in the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas will be able to travel across the border into Queensland after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced an expansion of the state’s border bubble.

The extended border zone takes in 41 New South Wales postcodes, encompassing 11 local government areas. Residents wishing to cross the border into Queensland will need to apply for a border pass to make the crossing.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles told Channel Nine there are 152,000 residents in that border zone. “These are people who might live in New South Wales but very often they feel a closer affinity to Queensland,” Miles says. “They live closer to Queensland than they do to Sydney. Many of us see these places like Byron and Ballina as local places, and this means that we will be able to travel there.”

The news comes as Queensland records no new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, with just 16 active cases.