After Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed the state’s border bubble will soon include five additional local government areas, Queensland is expected to reopen its borders to parts of New South Wales.
Residents in Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes local government areas will be able to travel to Queensland from 1:00am on October 1.
It comes as zero new coronavirus cases were registered overnight by the state, leaving only 16 active cases.
The enlarged border region would include 41 postcodes from New South Wales, covering 11 areas of local government.
To travel into Queensland, residents will have to apply for a border pass.
It will also be possible for Queensland residents to travel to those areas from October 1.
“I think this is a great effort to consider how we can make our border zones more effective,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“These areas have a lot in common with Queensland, they do a lot of their business in Queensland so we believe this is the right measure to take.”
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said there were 152,000 residents in the border zones who would now be able to travel into Queensland.
“These are people who might live in New South Wales, but many feel more of an affinity with Queensland,” Mr Miles said.