Wodonga mayor calls for freedom of movement for residents on NSW border – The Age

” Were seeing companies close their doors that were simply holding on throughout the fire season,” Cr OConnor said.
” People are undergoing genuine hardship and there is a real concern about the organisations that are so depending on tourism and lots of day-trippers that come down from NSW.

Cr Speedie stated rigorous health steps should be maintained to guarantee freedom of motion could continue.
” We require to have practical procedures in location that allow our community and our economy to run, otherwise were going to have genuine damage to companies and our wider neighborhood.”
Tourism North East primary executive Bess Nolan-Cook stated health and security must precede and she advised anyone travelling from Melbourne to ensure they had no signs and did not leave any hotspots.
” The last thing that we would require to see is any COVID-19 cases in north-east Victoria. All of us just require to play our part and follow those guidelines,” she said.

” It does not seem like youre going interstate– youre just driving throughout the river.”

Ms Nolan-Cook lives in Beechworth however has a child who travels to school in Albury on the other side of the border every day. She said lots of others would remain in a comparable situation.
” Its really common for kids near the border to be going to school simply across the border.”

” Theyre depending on grants and government assistance, and when that dries up the outlook is quite bleak for a lot of them.
” Its difficult to comprehend how individuals will survive in the current conditions.”

She likewise said that many of the residents in the area did rule out Albury and Wodonga– which sit about 5km apart– as separate towns, but rather one regional centre extended across a state border and a river.

Ms Nolan-Cook said they were still waiting on more information to see how the authorization system will run.
Indigo Shire mayor Jenny OConnor stated the area had actually undergone repeated economic difficulties in the previous 12 months, with numerous travelers suspending their visits sincethe bushfires that ravaged much of the surrounding area.

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Benjamin is a state political reporter

David Estcourt is a court and basic news press reporter at The Age.

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