MEDIA RELEASE

9 July 2020

 

Tim Quilty urges review of bridge closures as border communities become torn apart

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has called on the NSW Government to conduct an urgent review of bridge closures along the Victoria-NSW border following an influx of messages from residents whose daily lives have been shattered.

As NSW Police closed off border crossings on Tuesday night, many small communities woke to find that, instead of a police checkpoint, their local bridges had been blocked by heavy concrete barriers.

“When this border closure was announced, I held great fears for the many residents of small communities who rely on essential services across the border,” Mr Quilty said.

“Residents along the border cross the river every day, sometimes several times a day. We have much more in common with each other than with Sydney or Melbourne.

“The idea that the people in the little isolated towns along the river are a virus risk is ludicrous.

“One email describes how a woman whose child attends daycare would need to spend six hours daily on detours to get to childcare, work and then home again.

“This is repeated up and down the river. Clearly this is not an acceptable situation. I will be contacting both the Victorian and NSW ministers responsible to seek answers on these closures.

“These roadblocks are clearly the work of Sydney pen pushers who will have absolutely no idea – and couldn’t care - how disruptive their box-ticking has been for regional residents in both states.”

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