The Queensland government has expanded its border bubble to include Moree.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement during a Covid-19 update for the state.

It follows calls for the easing of border restrictions for northern New South Wales communities, particularly for boarding students unable to return home.

“We’ve had some concerns about boarders going to Moree,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Of course we want to make sure we are putting the best interests of these young people front and centre.

“This is going to be great news for those families to ensure that they can be home for school holidays.”

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the government had been working closely with health officials in New South Wales.

“I’m very confident that Moree is a safe place to add into our border zone that we are looking at for New South Wales,” she said.

The ease of border restrictions will also assist the Mungindi community after the town lost its only supermarket as well as a butcher’s shop and clothing retailer.

One of the closest towns to access similar services is Moree.

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