Sumary of Police planning ‘months ahead’ on Victorian border closure with NSW:
- Victoria Police has revealed it is planning for an extended border closure with NSW despite not knowing exactly how long the shut out of the state’s northern neighbours will last.About 350 officers are now stationed along the Murray River from Mildura to Mallacoota after all of NSW and the ACT was declared a red zone by Victoria’s chief health officer overnight.Only Victorian residents returning from NSW or the ACT are allowed to enter the state but will need to complete 14 days quarantine once they arrive back.The Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney worsened overnight with 112 new local cases announced on Monday – the highest daily spike of the lockdown.Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael Grainger said he wasn’t sure how long the border closure would last, but it looked like being at least another month.Camera IconPolice at the Chiltern Park rest area check people returning to Victoria from NSW.
- Simon Dallinger Credit: News Corp AustraliaMr Grainger said the mobile operation was “very effective” and police had no plans at this stage to introduce static patrols at each border crossing.The force has six pop-up traffic management points that they move to different locations, along with roving patrols and the air wing monitoring the main highways from Mildura to Mallacoota.‘Some time ago we had a hard border … permanent vehicle checkpoints on key crossings across the border,” Mr Grainger said.“We don’t have them at the moment.
- We found that negatively impacted those communities in the border bubbles and we believe the current model is far more efficient.Camera IconVictoria Police stop vehicles at the Chiltern Park rest area on Sunday.
- Simon Dallinger Credit: News Corp Australia“It conjures up an image of police anytime, anywhere doing their role, which is absolutely the method we’d like to employ rather than a fixed border checkpoint.”But he said the static checkpoints remained an option for the state government and health department to consider if the situation changed in the future.Police conducted 2668 checks along the border in the past 24 hours, with more than 28,000 people checked since June 25.Victoria is ramping up resources at the border with New South Wales to stop the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.