Man arrested for ‘trying to sneak all his family across the New South Wales border’ while driving wife and three children back to Victoria
A man was arrested after allegedly attempting to cross the border between NSW and Victoria in Corowa this morning with his wife and three children.
Shortly after 11:00 a car with Victorian number plates attempted to enter NSW on Carlyle Road, one of the 55 intersections to the state.
Murray River Police District officers spoke to the driver, who reportedly said he attempted to enter NSW without a valid waiver.
The 34-year-old Victorian man was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station, where he was interrogated.
Long wait: Australians braved 40-minute traffic jams to get to work this morning on the first day closing the New South Wales-Victoria border due to a massive coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne
The man’s wife and three children had to turn around and drive back.
Since midnight, more than 50,000 vehicles with valid exceptions have crossed the border from Victoria to NSW.
Australians braved 90-minute traffic jams to work this morning on the first day the border closed since Spanish flu hit in 1919, following a massive outbreak of the Melbourne corona virus.
A line of cars swung hundreds of feet along the Lincoln Causeway between Wodonga in Victoria and Albury in New South Wales, as 600 police braved heavy fog and temperatures of 3C to man the 1,000 km line at night and this morning.
The two cities are only 7 km apart and hundreds of residents live in one and work in the other, meaning the closure of the border that came into effect at midnight has turned their lives upside down.
A line of cars wound for hundreds of yards along the Lincoln Causeway between Wodonga in Victoria and Albury in New South Wales. Pictured: Commuters on the right are waiting to go to Albury in NSW for work
The police stop and question drivers at a checkpoint in Albury. Drivers had to show their ID and a permit to cross the border
Employees must apply for a permit from Service New South Wales to cross the border, but the website was so overwhelmed that it crashed for about an hour this morning.
Each driver had to show his license to the police before being admitted, causing a delay of up to 90 minutes and putting many people late for work.
Albury Mayor Kevin May Mack described the situation as “disgraceful” and said residents could not tolerate the checks.
“This is a shame. This is not Sydney, this is Albury-Wodonga and people are just not being treated like they should be treated here, ‘he told Sydney radio 2 GB.
“We’re not going to put up with this for a week, this is just awful.”
Employees must apply for a permit from Service New South Wales to cross the border, but the website was so overwhelmed that it crashed for about an hour this morning. Pictured: Border queues to enter Albury