A BORDER checkpoint is now in place on Mildura’s Chaffey Bridge as Victoria restricts movement from NSW where a COVID-19 cluster continues to grow in Sydney.
Police from the drug and alcohol branch who had been in Mildura this weekend were diverted to patrol the checkpoint that was set up Sunday afternoon.
The checkpoint will be in place at least until Wednesday night. Under latest restrictions, residents from Sydney and the NSW Central Coast are prohibited from entering Victoria.
Victorians in those areas have until midnight Monday to return home or face mandatory 14-day quarantine if they return after that.
NSW residents from other areas require a permit to enter Victoria.
Special provisions have been made for border communities – if you live in a local government area along the Murray River on both the Victorian and NSW sides, you will be able to cross the border freely by showing your driver’s licence.
The local government areas in the border zone on the Victorian side are Alpine, Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarriambiack. The NSW LGAs are Albury City, Balranald, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Broken Hill, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Hay, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Wagga Wagga, and Wentworth.
Victoria Police will deploy up to 700 members to establish checkpoints along the Victorian and New South Wales border to ensure only people with permits, residents in border communities or those with eligible
exemptions are able to cross into the state. They will be supported by the SES and other emergency services personnel and Victoria has requested logistical support from the Australian Defence Force to support the
establishment and management of the check points.