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Victorian border town residents 'devastated' by new SA border-crossing restrictions

Victorian border town residents 'devastated' by new SA border-crossing restrictions

13/08/2020 2:30:00 AM

Victoria n border town residents 'devastated' by new SA border-crossing restrictions

Distraught residents of Victoria n border towns say a decision by South Australia n authorities to stop them heading into SA will have devastating impacts on local morale, and could also increase the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Education, shopping and getting medical care would no longer be considered legitimate reasons to enter SA.The quarantine checkpoint at Pinnaroo.(ABC Riverland: Meg Vonic-Joyce)Carly Heintze is a resident of the Victorian Mallee town of Murrayville, about 20 kilometres east of the SA border.

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She described the new restrictions as "ludicrous", arguing it would force people to travel farther distances to get supplies, increasing rather than decreasing their personal risk of becoming infected.Loading"There is no fuel station here in Murrayville at all," she said.

"The nearest place [on the Victorian side of the border] is 60km away, and if you're out of [business] hours you have to go all the way to Ouyen, which is 110km."To not be able to go to our major town of Pinnaroo is, yeah, it'll be devastating.

"People in Pinnaroo are part of my community. It's quite sad, it's really sad."She argued that closing off the border would put more people in her town at risk of contracting COVID-19."I just fear that it's going to cause more Murrayville people to push into Victoria to get their supplies," she said.

"We haven't got any cases [of COVID-19] ... I'm hours away from Horsham, which is the closest case at the moment."We've already got our passes, we've been doing everything right, I've been getting a COVID test every seven days, which is what we're told to do — negative every time."

Katharine Daniels' home is 500 metres across the Victorian side of the border and a few kilometres from Pinnaroo in the South Australian Mallee.Murrayville resident Katharine Daniels is devastated by the news.(ABC News: Samantha Dawes)Her children go to school in Pinnaroo and she said the bans on cross-border travel would be devastating.

"Oh look, I'm just a mess really, absolutely devastated by what's happened," she said.'I don't even really know where to start with how many ways it's going to mess up our country communities at Pinnaroo and Murrayville."It's absolutely terrible for everyone who lives in our area."

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Police Commissioner not swayedPreviously, Victorians within 40km of the state border could cross into South Australia if they had regular coronavirus tests.Up until now, about 1,000 people have crossed the border every day, SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning.

He said there were active cases in Victorian towns such as Horsham and Portland, and people living just across the border could go there and bring back the virus to South Australia under previous restrictions."If you're a Victorian resident there is no impediment to you traveling into Portland or Horsham or any other regional centre in Victoria and then coming back to your residence, which is 3.5km from the border, and then coming into South Australia," Mr Stevens said.

"This is probably one of the restrictions that we've laboured on the most because we understand the impact that it has on those families that live just outside of South Australia."I'm hopeful it's one of those we can lift as quickly as possible if we see Victoria's positive active cases reducing."

For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our coronavirus live blog.Tough times for businessesMurrayville Hotel publican Darryl Lewis said everyone was in "total shock" at being treated like they had done something wrong."What it's going to do is drive people back towards Melbourne to get our stuff, closer to where all the problems are occurring," he said.

"It's going to increase the risk dramatically, whereas people in Pinnaroo are closer to the people in South Australia and they're at risk as well going into Adelaide and coming back."I don't think it's been thought about quite properly."

Pinnaroo residents will be saying "oo roo" a lot less to their Murrayville counterparts.(ABC Riverland: Anita Ward)Synon Peers, who has businesses in both Murrayville and Pinnaroo, said he wanted to see more detail in writing about what Mr Stevens announced.

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"Who is he talking about exactly? Is it every single employee and every single person who owns a business in Pinnaroo that employs South Australians that can't come over?" he said."Is it every single person that needs to go and have their blood pressure checked? I don't think it's very clear."

There are six known active cases of COVID-19 in South Australia, according to SA Health.Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services says there is one active case in the Mildura Rural City Council, which includes Murrayville, and 11 in the Glenelg Shire Council, which includes Portland, as well as the seaside town of Nelson 4km east of the SA border.

Read more about coronavirus:How Melbourne's stage 4 restrictions compare to the world's toughest lockdownsSad times for seaside NelsonSeveral Nelson residents were too upset to comment when contacted by the ABC, but said other locals had also been left in tears by the decision.

Glenelg Shire Council chief executive Greg Burgoyne said the ban on travel would have an enormous effect on jobs, healthcare and education.Nelson sits on the mouth of the Glenelg River.()Mr Burgoyne argued cross-border activities could happen safely."Portland District Hospital is staffed by people who live in Mount Gambier so services on this side of the border will be impacted," Mr Burgoyne said.

"Likewise, I have employees in the Glenelg Shire that reside in Mount Gambier that can't come to work."Three years ago, the West Wimmera Advocate newspaper was an example of a local publicationthat had forced the closure of dozens of other regional newspapers.

Toni Domaschenz, editor of the West Wimmera Advocate.(ABC News: Michael Barnett)But editor and publisher Toni Domaschenz announced yesterday on social media that the new restrictions were the "last straw" for the Edenhope-based publication she had bought in 2014, and had been running as a one-woman operation since.

"Unless there is some kind of miracle the next edition of the Advocate will be our last," Ms Domaschenz wrote."After months of 'soldering on' for the community with constantly changing restrictions, and more and more rules in order to do business, the announcement by the SA government to impose a hard border is the final straw.

"I don't have the energy for negotiating a new print arrangement on top of everything else. Sorry, but I am burnt out." Read more: ABC News »

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'devastate' - destroy, ruin '...there is no impediment to you traveling into Portland or Horsham [...] and then coming back to your residence, which is 3.5km from the border, and then coming into [SA] ,' Mr Stevens said.' Exactly. A line has to be drawn SOMEWHERE. Consider temporary relocation?

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