Victoria’s double donut day sees border hopes surge

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Donut delight ... double zero calls for celebration

There is no doubt that Covid-19 is going to continue to cast a long shadow over Australian life for many months to come, but Victoria’s incredible success in crushing its devastating second wave is certainly an achievement worth celebrating.

From a grey nomad perspective, it brings the prospect of a border-free Big Lap ever closer and – while there have been false dawns before – there is a real sense that things are starting to move again.

All states and territories, with the exception of WA, have signalled their intent to open up before Christmas and it is beginning to happen.

For the second day in a row, Victoria has recorded zero new coronavirus infections and, from November 8, the ‘ring of steel’ separating regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will be removed.

In NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged the possibility of bringing down the hard border with Victoria before too long.

She said this morning that she was keen to open the Victorian-NSW border ‘as soon as we can’.

“What is really important is to see what happens once Victorian Government eases restrictions down there,” she said. “Once you ease restrictions and people start moving around again, that’s the real test.”

Further north, Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has previously indicated she plans to re-open the state to NSW on Sunday, November 1, provided there were no mystery cases, but has not yet confirmed the move.

She is now expected to announce when, and if, the border will re-open on Friday- the eve of the Queensland election.

There were two new locally acquired coronavirus infections in NSW announced today, both linked to a known cluster.

And, of course, Tasmania has once again started welcoming interstate visitors from South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and the ACT, without requiring them to quarantine.

Premier Peter Gutwein has said he will make an announcement later this week about opening travel up between NSW and Tasmania.

It certainly may not be the end of a fragmented and separated Australia, but maybe – just maybe – it is the beginning of the end.

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One Response to Victoria’s double donut day sees border hopes surge

  1. Latest news says that NSW is not going to open borders to Victoria until after Christmas now. I’ve pretty much given up on ever getting back to QLD. I’ve been locked down here for 4 months now, and am feeling more like a Victorian than a Queenslander these days! In the process of transferring my rego to VIC, the rest of the “Big Lap” is on hold until next winter now. I’m just going to make sure I see every inch of Victoria until we finally become one country again!

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