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MP Chris Gulaptis

Bara brings back border bubble

In successfully negotiating the restoration of a border zone that will again include the Richmond and Clarence Valleys, Nationals Leader and NSW Deputy Premier has pulled off a master-stroke, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“It was only a few days ago that Queensland said the border wouldn’t reopen for months and people were pinning their hopes on police checkpoints being moved south – but not far enough south to include Casino, let alone Grafton,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This huge win follows Bara staring down Sydney bureaucrats who wanted to keep us in lockdown until distant vaccination targets had been met.”

Mr Gulaptis praised Clarence and Richmond Valley families and small business operators who had been patient over the past four weeks and all suffered to varying degrees as a result of the restrictions, so it was great to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The best thing we can do now is jab our way to freedom: get vaccinated and encourage everyone you know to get the jab, now that the Federal Government appears to have sorted its supply problems and logistics are improving on the ground,” Mr Gulaptis said.

From 1am Monday, Clarence and Richmond Valley residents can once again cross the border for essential work, school, essential shopping, medical reasons or caring for people.

Essential work means any work or volunteering that cannot be reasonably done from home and people crossing the border for essential work will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, at this point in time, NSW residents are not able to cross the border for recreation or social visits, but this announcement is a good start.

Residents will still require a Border Zone Travel (X Pass) to cross the border, which can be obtained at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass