Signs at the QLD-NSW border.
Signs at the QLD-NSW border.

Palaszczuk responds to border proposal

UPDATE: PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has poured cold water on a plan to move the Queensland border south to the Tweed River to make things easier for locals.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has proposed absorbing Tweed Heads into Queensland by moving the border 7km south to the Tweed River.

Cr Tate today called for a referendum on the issue at the next Queensland election as massive traffic jams again formed amid confusion at border checkpoints.

But Ms Palaszczuk said while police were trying to make things as smooth as possible for residents navigating the crossing, she didn't think the Mayor's plan would be accepted in the Tweed.

"I understand the frustration (for locals)," she said. "These are border communities.

"It's not unique to Queensland and NSW. I'm quite sure there's issues between NSW and Victoria border at the moment as well.

"Unfortunately though I don't think the Tweed Shire Council would like to be absorbed as part of the Gold Coast Council.

"As much as we'd like to have those residents part of Queensland, they are part of NSW."

"But we'll try to make things as smooth as possible."

Mayor Tate earlier said he would write to premiers of both NSW and Queensland imploring them to consider the proposal to move the border and he wants to "let the people decide" at October's Queensland election.

 

EARLIER: THE push to move the NSW border 7km south to the Tweed River is gaining momentum, with Mayor Tom Tate vowing to take the case for it to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It was last week revealed Cr Tate wants the NSW border moved 7km south to the Tweed River to stop a repeat of financial and emotional stress border-side businesses have endured during the coronavirus crisis.

The state border should be moved 7km south, Mayor Tom Tate says. Picture: Jason O'Brien
The state border should be moved 7km south, Mayor Tom Tate says. Picture: Jason O'Brien

Business and community leaders have widely backed the move, while Tweed Shire Council is opposed.

Cr Tate said he would ask Ms Palaszczuk to pursue the matter further.

The border has frustrated many drivers for months. Picture: Jerad Williams
The border has frustrated many drivers for months. Picture: Jerad Williams

"It makes natural sense. Mother nature has the Tweed River there and all I am saying is have the border line there," he said.

"To Tweed council I say talk to your residents, they would love to part of the Gold Coast.

"I will be taking this further … I'll be sending council's endorsement to the Premier and she can talk Gladys (Berejiklian) around."

Originally published as Palaszczuk 'can talk Gladys around' over border move



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