From stinkbug plagues to attempted drug hauls, Queensland police at the border have seen it all during their patrols, which have today reached a major milestone.
More than 100,000 drivers have been intercepted at the Queensland border in the four weeks since the measure was introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
On April 8, a 31-year-old Palm Beach man was stopped at Tugun allegedly with 93 kilos of cannabis located inside his Ford Ranger as well as $4300 in cash.
While on March 26, in the very early stages of the restrictions, a man was arrested after he attempted to cross in allegedly stolen ute with paper number plates.
There have also been opportunities for some much needed laughs.
Officers from the Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol encountered one innovative motorcyclist who took a more streamlined approach to crossing over from NSW by copying his border pass onto his t-shirt.
Officers said at times it would sound like it was raining, but in fact it was bugs on their vehicles.
Bonds have also been formed between officers across the divide.
Officers from Camooweal started a fire pit and were joined by their Northern Territory counterparts along with Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force personnel, forming close bonds beyond the border.
State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said the efforts at the border had paid off.
“I am continually impressed by the standard set by our frontline officers and partner agencies during this pandemic and encourage everyone to keep supporting each other during and beyond these uncertain times,” he said.
“We would also like to commend motorists for their continued patience and cooperation when crossing the border, without their understanding our jobs would be much more difficult.”
The initial border closure prompted widespread confusion among local business owners and lengthy delays for people hoping to enter the state.
People now hoping to enter Queensland must carry a permit or exemption.
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