Queensland will throw open its borders to five additional New South Wales Shires from next weekend.
The 41 postcodes that make up Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glenn Innes shires will be welcome in Queensland from 1am on October 1, with Queensland residents allowed to “travel freely” to those regions.
It comes as South Australia has announced it will officially open its borders to NSW as of midnight tomorrow.
Premier Steven Marshall said the decision was subject to no community transmission being recorded up until midnight tonight in NSW.
“They (the committee) were furnished with all necessary information from NSW to make the decision,” he said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said residents would be able to apply for a border pass to travel around Queensland, and Queenslanders “will also be able to travel as well”.
“I think this is a great effort to consider how we can make our border zones more effective, but also looking at these areas have a lot in common with Queensland … So we believe that this is the right measure to take,” she said.
There were no new cases confirmed in Queensland on Tuesday morning, in what Deputy Premier Steven Miles said was a “stark contrast” to what was happening in the rest of the world.