Cross-border issues ‘progressing’, says commissioner
THE NSW Cross-Border Commissioner believes real progress is being made on issues vexing NSW and Queensland business owners including policing, public transport and licensing issues.
But they do not include daylight saving with that issue shelved due to both the Queensland and NSW governments refusing to compromise, despite it costing businesses on both sides of the border two hours a day.
Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish was presiding over Wednesday’s meeting of the recently established Cross-Border Business Advisory Committee (CBBAC) attended by 10 business, tourism and government representatives at Twin Towns Services Club.
Mr McTavish said at the top of the priority list was cross-border reforms in public transport including taxis, education and training, trades/licencing, policing and cross-border promotion.
He said they were pursuing a cross-border justice model already in place in other states which would see intelligence sharing and facilitate police pursuits between NSW and QLD.
“The NSW Government is making some great progress in the cross-border space, establishing solid networks with the Queensland Government and progressing towards a formal agreement between the respective premiers,” he said.
“My role is to listen and take these discussions back to the NSW Government, the NSW Members of Parliament and to the Queensland Government, and work to find solutions.
“We all want to make it easier for businesses to operate on the border region, and to allow for their expansion. This will in turn create much needed jobs and develop services.
“I’m looking forward to the CBBAC providing a valuable contribution to the progress already underway.”
NSW Business Chamber regional manager John Murray, who was one of the attendees, agreed they had to stick with issues that were winnable which did not include daylight savings, as regrettable as that was.
Mr Murray also agreed there was progress being made with the benefits to flow from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, one of the drivers of the cross-border reforms.