The decision by the NSW government to shut the state’s border with Victoria as of midnight Tuesday, has created confusion for locals who regularly travel between the states, often several times a day.
Only permit holders, emergency services workers, freight drivers and returning travellers will be able to cross into NSW from Victoria.
There are 15 border crossings in the Albury and Benambra electorates stretching from Mulwala in the west to Biggara at the eastern edge of the state.
There are six crossings in the Upper Murray - at the Biggara, Indi, Bringenbrong, Towong, Tintaldra and Jingellic Bridges.
NSW Police will be responsible for manning border checkpoints but it is not clear whether all crossings will be monitored.
The closure has drawn criticism from local politicians who have laid the blame for the decision squarely on the head of Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews.
“This is the direct result of his botched hotel quarantine where his arrogance declined the support of the ADF to manage infected travellers,” said Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley..
“Our communities have been incredibly disciplined and now we are paying the penalty for his government’s failures after being COVID-free for more than three months.
“What I continue to advocate is that permits allowing people to cross the border recognise the unique and co-dependent relationships between border communities.
“Further details are still to emerge however we understand that people seeking a permit will be able to apply online through Service NSW at service.nsw.gov.au from Tuesday afternoon.”
Member for Northern Victoria, Tim Quilty, said the decision to close the border will wreck communities and could lead to mental health issues.
“It will create havoc for families who live on one side of the border but work or need health treatment, child care or study on the other side.
“Daniel Andrews has completely let down all of regional Victoria and should be handing in his resignation immediately. His handling of this situation has been abysmal.”
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