Queensland-New South Wales border closure brings business blues

| 22.05,20. 12:05 PM |

Queensland-New South Wales border closure brings business blues

Even for those with permission, getting across the border is "just chaos", according to one tradesman.(ABC News: Dominic Cansdale)

Frustration is growing in northern New South Wales as Queensland continues to ignore calls to open its borders.

The borders were shut in late March in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19, but with travel restrictions throughout NSW set to be lifted from the start of June, many believe the time is right for Queensland to follow suit.

Jane Laverty, from Business NSW, said allowing free travel across the border should be a top priority.

"It's really impacting on business confidence, particularly when both sides really rely on that movement across the border," she said.

"We're just a bit dismayed about the Premier's attitude around it, digging her heels in.

"We really would have liked to have thought that the Premier of Queensland would be keen to help businesses on both sides of the border."

Ben Edwards, who works as a project manager for an air-conditioning firm in the border district, said the closure was frustrating for local tradies as well.

"At the end of the day when they're coming back from Tweed, they hit that peak traffic and some of them have said it can take them hours just to get across that border," he said.

"They've all got the border stickers in the van, but in the afternoon with everybody getting into one lane, it's just chaos really."


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