Benalla’s back! (in the border bubble)
08 October 2021
Benalla will be reinstated into the border bubble from midnight tonight, allowing hundreds of locals to access services across the border without a permit.
Member for Euroa and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan praised the announcement as a win for common sense, with Benalla residents unfairly locked out of the cross border region last month.
“I pushed the government repeatedly to review its unfair decision to take Benalla out of the border bubble,” Ms Ryan said.
“Benalla’s reinstatement into the border bubble is a victory for common sense and brings relief for thousands of local residents who need to access services in New South Wales.
“From midnight tonight, residents of the Benalla local government area will once again be permitted to cross into NSW for work, to access medical care and for compassionate reasons without needing to apply for a permit to return home.
“Labor’s decision to cut Benalla from the border bubble last month with no forewarning and no explanation was heartless and cruel.
“It has kept families apart and it has caused undue anxiety for people needing to travel to Albury for urgent medical treatment and work.
“The Andrews Government failed to provide the local community with the rationale behind Benalla’s abrupt removal from the border bubble.
“They continue to hide behind the ‘health advice’ but fail to explain what the health advice actually is.
“Yo-yoing towns in and out of the cross border community when there is no known threat of community transmission is utter madness.
“After raising my concerns in Parliament and writing to the Health Minister to urge Benalla’s reinstatement into the cross border region, I am pleased that common sense has prevailed.”
Photo caption: Nationals Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is thrilled Benalla’s back in the border bubble