24 April, 2020
Response & Responsibility
THIS WEEK’S front page of The Longreach Leader takes-up the cudgel of tighten the borders yet allowing the residents of the Central West and outback to get back to some semblance of normality.
During the past week, representatives of The Leader have been discussing the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and analysing, within the boundaries of readily available information, what the immediate future might hold.
West of the Great Divide is proof that isolation works. The clamp on tourists and visitors must be maintained for now, but internal travel, movement and business should be allowed to slowly start opening-up, and now is the time to do it.
If it is working so well, why not tighten our borders from Tambo to Winton predominately, and west to Birdsville, then allow the businesses within the region to assume some sort of normality.
One thing is for sure. We have lost contact with friends and even neighbours — where the cafe and pub scene was vital to staying in contact, where landholders came to town and “checked-in” and business was done.
Our point is that there are those who want to tighten our borders to protect us from the coronavirus. Yet there are those who want to allow travellers into and through the region. There must be a satisfactory solution.