Uni looks into border issues
THE Tweed and southern Gold Coast's cross border issues are going under the microscope at Southern Cross University.
The university has begun a study into the impact of Queensland and NSW legislations on child welfare and a study into restrictions on the transport industry, including taxis.
Both topics present unique challenges with the many different service providers involved in child welfare making coordination difficult, while the taxi industry is battling license restrictions.
School of Arts and Social Sciences associate lecturer Dr Maarten Rothengatter said both studies were in their infancy but the outcomes should be significant for many communities with border issues.
"I'm not aware of any cross border studies that have been carried out in this neck of the woods," Dr Maarten said.
"No government would make any decision if it's not underpinned by research-based evidence.
"Once you get this critical mass of people affected by the border like the Gold Coast and the Tweed then the issues become more prominent."
Dr Rothengatter said he was positive about the outcomes with both Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey and Tweed MP Geoff Provest actively campaigning to resolve cross border issues.
Mr Provest said he was interested in the SCU study and he had written to the university requesting more details.
University staff met privately with the NSW's cross border commissioner to discuss the studies and the border issues.