Jann Stuckey, Andrew Stoner and Geoff Provest at the cross border meeting.
Jann Stuckey, Andrew Stoner and Geoff Provest at the cross border meeting. John Gass

Border issues discussed

THE NSW cross-border commissioner arrived on the Tweed this afternoon to a room full of people concerned with border issues.

Cross-border commissioner Steve Toms heard about transport, daylight savings, tertiary education and business costs to name a few concerns.

For NSW businesses the invisible line dividing the two states is more akin to a great wall.

Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber regional manager John Murray said businesses in the state were disadvantaged with higher costs than their Queensland counterparts.

"Queensland is far more welcoming for businesses," Mr Murray said.

"The closer you get to the border the worse it gets."

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest were travelling with the cross-border commissioner across the region.

"It is clear there are many, many cross border abnormalities that need to be addressed," Mr Stoner said.

"It is a focus to resolve the issues, particularly on the NSW side of the border."

Mr Stoner said a change in the Queensland Government could also help to resolve some of the issues taking a swing at the embattled Labor leaders of Queensland.

"Labor government has been very good with the words but not very good on the action," Mr Stoner said.

"We would love to see a future Queensland Government adopt the idea (border commissioner)."

Mr Stoner said he has spoken to Queensland LNP leader Campbell Newman about cross-border issues.

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey would not commit to a Queensland commissioner but said a LNP Queensland Government would look closely at the outcomes from NSW's appointment of the commissioner.



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