New deal 'to make life easier'
THE NEW South Wales Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government to strengthen cross border arrangements between the two States.
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who met with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today, said the agreement would help to make life easier for people living in Northern NSW by enabling efficient and consistent cross border service delivery.
“From Tweed Heads to Tenterfield and Tibooburra, this news will be welcomed by residents of border communities in NSW and Queensland who have long experienced issues that are unique to their work and living arrangements,” Mr Stoner said.
“This agreement supports the work of the NSW Government’s soon-to-be appointed Cross Border Commissioner.
“It’s essential that services delivered in the two jurisdictions are aligned and we are determined to work, both individually and jointly, to address cross border issues where it is practical and desirable to do so.
“Seamless delivery of government services for NSW and Queensland border communities requires us to work more cooperatively.
“While this is important on a day-to-day basis, we have seen that this is vital when significant events such as flooding occur.”
Mr Stoner said the agreement would not only foster a closer working relationship between the two State governments but would also drive further cooperative leadership in the border regions.
“Our first steps under this new agreement will be to review existing cross border governance and management arrangements, and decide which issues require urgent action,” Mr Stoner said.
“We’ll also be looking at what role the NSW Cross Border Commissioner would have in expediting this process, and how best to respond to the recommendations of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry that relate to cross-border activities.”