Dad sleeps under a tree in a park with nothing but a blanket and pillow after being expelled from the Queensland border
- Clinton Wass has spent the past five nights in a park in Tweed Heads, NSW
- Gold Coast’s dad tried to enter Queensland from NSW on Sunday
- He missed the deadline because the border with NSW was closed from 1 a.m. on Saturday
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has named NSW and ACT a coronavirus hotspot
A father who missed the Queensland border seal deadline camps under a tree in New South Wales with nothing but a duvet and pillow.
The Sunshine State closed their border to NSW and the ACT at 1:00 AM on Saturday after it was declared a coronavirus hotspot by Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Clinton Wass tried to return home to the Gold Coast on Sunday, but was turned over at the Coolangatta checkpoint.
With no other options, Queensland’s dad has been sleeping rough for the past five nights in a park next to the M1 in Tweed Heads, Nine news reported.
“I’d like one of those politicians to give it a try,” he said.
Motorists who are essential workers and residents of a border area in Tweed Shire have exemptions that allow them to drive across the border.
All other travelers who wish to enter from NSW Queensland after having to fly and pay the bill for their two week hotel quarantine.
But Mr. Wass said he can’t pay for a flight, let alone the mandatory hotel quarantine, because he only has $ 10 in his wallet.
“Fundamental human rights are the right to shelter, food and clothing,” he said.
“I’ve got all that, but it’s just over there, about a hundred miles, less than an hour away and they won’t let me in.”
Clinton Wass slept in a park with a blanket and pillow for five nights after turning over at the Queensland border
Mr. Wass got the pillow and blanket from a charity in NSW.
On Thursday, Ms. Palaszczuk said her state’s border remains closed to ‘hotspots’ Victoria and NSW.
“The danger is still on the doorstep,” she said Thursday.
The prime minister said she would not endanger the security of Queenslanders and that the borders would remain closed as long as there was community transmission of coronavirus in the southern states.
According to police, travelers continue to arrive in Queensland in extraordinary numbers, despite the state’s strict border controls.
Travelers who wish to enter Queensland from NSW after having to fly will have to pay the bill for their two-week hotel quarantine. But Mr. Wass said he can’t pay for a flight let alone the mandatory hotel quarantine because he only has $ 10 in his wallet
Agents on Thursday checked 65 flights carrying more than 2,600 passengers at Queensland airports, denying five people entry and quarantining 142.
On the roads, police stopped 4,575 vehicles at the border, turned 253 around and ordered 54 people to isolate themselves.
The number of compulsory hotels in quarantine has risen to 2,900 people.
“The number is just incredible,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told reporters on Thursday.
“These are challenging times.”
Pictured: Motorists approach a checkpoint in Coolangatta before the Queensland border fence