Queenslanders, who plan to return home this week, have made themselves feel stranded after the state government stopped someone traveling from an interstate hotspot.
- Queensland’s temporary border closure has put relocation plans in disarray
- There are reportedly hundreds of Queenslanders unable to return home
- A new quarantine facility near Toowoomba will remove pressure from hotel quarantine
Premier Annastacia Palasazczuk announced on Wednesday that arrivals to Queensland from hotspots would be put on hold for two weeks to reduce the pressure on the hotel quarantine system.
Kelly Reynolds, a sonographer from Queensland, moved to Dubbo in regional New South Wales last year for a 12-month contract.
She was booked on a flight to move home today, but her border card was canceled.
When a friend sent her a screenshot of an article with information about the message, she felt “sick”.
Mrs. Reynolds and her partner were forced to crawl about extending their lease on a regular basis to live somewhere until she could apply for a border exemption on September 8th.
The couple had already sold all their furniture except the mattress they sleep on in the living room because they could not find removal people who could get over the border.
They are among hundreds on a Facebook group that has been trying to get home to Queensland for several weeks but has not been able to get an exemption, Reynolds said.
“It just really made me lose confidence that our government was there for us and supported us as residents of Queensland.
“It’s very hard to keep it together mentally when you don’t know what the future holds.”
Mrs Reynolds said it was disappointing that the announcement sounded as if only people trying to move to Queensland for the first time would be affected.
“It’s workers who contribute to the economy, we are not here on holiday, we are workers,” she said.
New quarantine system
That comes when Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced yesterday that the Queensland government had approved the dedicated quarantine facility COVID-19 on land owned by Wagner Corporation, just outside Toowoomba.
She said this would be “a big boost for our defense against the Delta virus”.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that if the Wellcamp facility had been built earlier, the Queensland government might not have had to halt arrivals from interstate hotspots for the next two weeks.
Ms D’Ath told ABC Radio Brisbane people who had canceled their access cards could apply for exemption in special cases.
Interstate Australians in shock
The border restrictions have also affected interstate Australians who plan to move to Queensland so they feel “homeless and hopeless”.
Mother of two children Karina Guajardo was due to move to Brisbane this Saturday to work, but is now running for permission to move to a temporary home somewhere in Sydney until the family can move into Queensland.
Wednesday morning at At 7:30 a.m., Mrs Guajardo and her partner received their border card approval to move to Brisbane, but by mid-morning, those plans had been clarified.
“Yesterday was a bit of a shock, I wasn’t sure what to do, it was only at night when everything settled down and I started thinking,” she said.
“I’m looking at renting something for this time, which will affect us, because first of all it’s hard to find a place now in Sydney, we’re very limited in our movements.”
Moving stress worsens
Mrs Guajardo said she was asking permission to see if she could move to a place in Sydney that would have more space that could better accommodate her two young children.
“I can not stop the remover because everything was already organized, they take everything and take my car tomorrow,” she said.
“I’m in a very hopeless situation unless I find a place to live.
“In fact, it was so shocking that I became dizzy because of (everything) everything you planned for so long and all the logistics to move.
“Moving is stressful in itself, but moving interstate is awful because you have to coordinate everything and in the current (lockdown) situation.
Ms Guajardo said she understood the health authorities needed to control the spread of COVID-19, but wished the new restriction had been applied to people who had not already received approval.
“Respecting the people who are already provided with a passport, not doing so is not respectful of us, not worrying about the consequences of what they are doing,” she said.