Common sense prevails on Queensland Regional Borders

24 August 2020

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to finally show some common sense and grant exemptions to farmers and those working in agriculture to cross the NSW/Queensland border.
Minister Littleproud said the exemptions were a first step template for the other states to work from to ensure agriculture supply lines remain open.
“This is a common sense outcome that shows the voice of regional Queensland was finally heard in Brisbane,” Minister Littleproud said today.
“I called on the Chief Medical Officers in each state to listen to local leaders and finally they’ve done it. Lawrence Springborg, the Mayor of Goondiwindi was pivotal in advocating an effective solution on behalf of his community and many others across rural Queensland.
“My message to other states is there is no need to wait.
“The Queensland Government’s sensible, evidence-based and locally driven decision can be replicated by other states immediately.
“I urge other jurisdictions to provide their regional communities with similar arrangements to Queensland.
“Our time critical agricultural supply chains, regional economies and livelihoods depend on urgent resolution of these border issues."