Byron Bay, Lismore and more to be added to QLD border bubble

Byron Bay, Lismore and more to be added to QLD border bubble

Residents of 41 postcodes in New South Wales will be able to head north of the border when Queensland expands its border bubble from 1 October.

From 1am on 1 October, a number of NSW Shires will be added to QLD's border bubble including Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes.

Residents of these areas in NSW will be able to apply for a border pass in order to travel freely around the border zone, as far north as Beenleigh.

"I think this is a great effort to consider how we can make our border zones more effective," says QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"These areas have a lot in common with Queensland, they usually do a lot of their business in Queensland, so we believe this is the right measure to take."

The announcement from the Premier comes as QLD prepares to reopen its borders to travellers from the Australian Capital Territory this Friday.

The easing of restrictions will allow Canberrans to fly into the state, not drive, as NSW more broadly is still considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

Today's announcement comes as Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19, meaning there are just 16 active cases of the coronavirus in the state.

Updated at 10.32am AEST on 22 September 2020.

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