As of 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 July 2020, Victorians will be prevented from entering NSW without a permit.
As the Murray River is the northern border of the Northern Victoria region, this decision will dramatically impact on all Victorians living in border communities and anyone needing to access NSW for work.
There has been mounting concern over the escalation of COVID cases in Melbourne hotspot suburbs and now spreading across the city. Just today we have seen another 127 cases in Melbourne alone.
The NSW government has acted to close the border on the best medical advice that seeks to protect the state and border communities.
Border communities on either side of the river depend on each other – students, teachers, shoppers, business owners, tradies, health professionals and workers in a range of industries traverse the border each day.
The permits that are to be issued must recognise these issues and that is why the NSW Government has not defined “essential workers”.
Further details are still to emerge however it is understood that people seeking a permit will be able to apply online through Service NSW from Tuesday afternoon – https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The many border communities throughout my electorate have been through so much already, and I am under no illusion as to the impact of this unprecedented decision.
“I recognise this is going to create hardship and frustration for our border communities, but I know the resilience of my constituents along the Murray will shine through once again.
“NSW is doing this in good faith but make no mistake this does not give people a leave pass to travel to Melbourne and then think this permit will let them enter NSW.”
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