Mitchell residents caught in SA cross border chaos
24 February 2021
Residents of Mitchell Shire remain excluded from entry into South Australia, despite a 14-day rolling average of zero cases in regional Victoria.
Euroa MP and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan said that despite the change in Victorian restrictions last week, Mitchell residents were still feeling the brunt of tough border lockdowns.
Ms Ryan wrote to South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall last week to request the state consider lifting its travel ban with Mitchell Shire residents as a matter of priority.
“I understand why South Australia is nervous about Victoria’s failures on contact tracing and hotel quarantine, but it makes little sense to ban Mitchell Shire residents when the shire’s 14-day rolling average remains the same with the rest of the regional Victoria – zero,” Ms Ryan said.
“While at first glance, the SA Police website indicates that ‘from 18 February 2021 people are permitted to travel from Victoria including regional (other than Greater Melbourne)’ locals were quick to point out that under additional travel requirements, they are still ineligible to apply.
“The South Australian Government’s decision to maintain tough border restrictions with Mitchell residents is causing great distress within the local community.
“Regional and rural Victorian communities have already been severely impacted by the Andrews Government’s brutal snap lockdown, despite there being no cases in regional Victoria.
“Families are desperately trying to reunite after many months of not seeing each other and community sporting groups are eager to return to their interstate tournaments.
“Residents are wondering whether, perhaps, this is simply an oversight from the previous lockdown in July 2020, which saw Mitchell Shire included in Melbourne’s extended six-week lockdown.
“Locals deserve to know why Mitchell is being treated different to the rest of regional Victoria.
“I have written to the South Australian Premier seeking his intervention so that Mitchell is removed from South Australia’s border restrictions.”