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25 August 2020

 

Tim Quilty welcomes return to common sense as border bubble expands to 50km

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has welcomed the first traces of a return to common sense after the NSW Government said the border bubble will return to its original 50km radius.

Mr Quilty said he hopes the expansion will ease many of the difficulties border Victorians were facing.

“It’s nice to know that, weeks down the track, somebody in Sydney finally listened a little. Perhaps NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s visit was not a waste after all,” Mr Quilty said.

“These border restrictions have caused utter devastation for thousands of border residents in Victoria and NSW, and for weeks we have been telling Premier Gladys Berejiklian how wrong her policy has been.

“It had become clear that she didn’t care whatsoever for the COVID-free border communities, and she was happy to lose votes in the Albury electorate.

“But this about-face is an excellent result for common sense, for fairness and for the border residents who can now go back to work or back to school.”

The expansion of the border bubble will enable people who live within a standard commute of the Murray to return to their jobs or their agricultural properties in NSW.

“We have all been hearing the stories of residents living outside the ridiculously tight border zone who were stranded away from work and businesses,” Mr Quilty said.

“This impacted their livelihoods and their wellbeing as they struggled to understand what they had done to deserve such shoddy treatment.

“And border businesses – which were already doing it tough under restrictions - were left to struggle on with drastically reduced staff.

“Even medical staff were not exempt initially, and it took a lot of advocating for them to be allowed to get to work in NSW and perform their vital work.”

Mr Quilty said he hoped the border bubble expansion was a step back to normality.

“Given our total absence of coronavirus, I’m hopeful even more common sense will spread in Sydney and this border fiasco will end once and for all,” Mr Quilty said.

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