Premiers urged to talk to each other about Jennings and Wallangarra

Premiers urged to talk to each other about Jennings and Wallangarra


State MP Janelle Saffin has urged the state's leaders to engage with their Queensland counterparts in an effort to make daily life and work a little easier for border communities.

Nowhere has this been more evident than in Jennings, she said, which for the past month has been divided from Wallangarra by concrete bollards along the New England Highway.

The hard closure has previously been labelled ridiculous by state Ms Saffin as local residents are cut off from farms and businesses, and QLD Southern Downs MP James Lister has urged that state's chief medical officer to change the rules.

Ms Saffin wrote to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro, on August 20, urging then to reach out to Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk and her Deputy Premier Dr Steven Miles to try to alleviate the disruption to residents of Jennings/Wallangarra.

"For the second year running, I asked the NSW Government for a contribution with policing to make crossing the border an easier process, something our community has made our NSW Cross Border Services Commissioner James McTavish aware of," Ms Saffin said.

"I also requested that more COVID-19 vaccines be delivered to border communities, given Queensland's new requirement for essential workers to have had at least one jab, and the spread of Covid into the rural and regional areas.

Ms Saffin said she was still asking the NSW Government not to rule out a bipartisan push by herself and other MPs to pilot a local community cross-border zone in Tweed Shire, which, if successful, could be implemented in other border communities.

Ms Saffin also encouraged eligible Tenterfield Shire businesses to keep applying for the NSW Government's JobSaver and the Covid business support grant because she had been lobbied hard for flexibility with the dates that had only made it practically available for the Greater Sydney, to reflect the impact of regional lockdowns.

Businesses can apply online at service.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.