The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell has utilised the return of State Parliament to urge Premier Daniel Andrews to scrap his border permit system for border community residents travelling between Victoria and NSW.
In her contribution directed to Mr Andrews, Ms Lovell pointed out that Victorian Murray River towns are one community with their corresponding NSW neighbour and the system was just another layer of bureaucracy and burden on her border constituents.
Ms Lovell said that many elderly people on the border were unable to access the permit system online and the previous practice of producing their drivers’ licence to prove their place of residency should suffice.
Ms Lovell also pointed out Mr Andrews’ decision to remove eight local government areas from the designated border bubble area has had a significant impact on service delivery in the region.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Travelling between Victoria and NSW is just a way of life for border community residents and this ridiculous requirement is just another impost on their lives.
“The Premier needs to scrap his border community permit and allow residents in the designated border bubble region the ability to travel freely within their community without this unnecessary bureaucratic burden.
“I also call on Mr Andrews to immediately reinstate the eight local government areas back into the border bubble region because this has limited the ability for residents to access the goods and services they need.”
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