With the NSW Government declaring borders closed as of midnight Tuesday 7 July, Wentworth Shire Council were quick to rise to the logistical challenge of preparing border closure checkpoints with very little notice.
In the first twelve (12) hours since the closure announcement, two (2) command centres were erected on the George Chaffey Bridge at the designated checkpoint. With the border checkpoint operating 24 hours – 7 days per week until further notice, it was necessary to prioritise command facilities. The command centre includes offices, kitchens, toilet facilities and a catering tent with full catering provided throughout all shifts 24/7.
Mayor of Wentworth, Cr Melisa Hederics spoke of the great community spirit displayed this week. “Our own staff immediately rose to the challenge, but we could not have done this without the support of the community and local suppliers.” She said. “It has been an amazing collaborative effort in bringing all this together “said the Mayor.
The Abbotsford Bridge re-opened for NSW traffic on Thursday 9 July, with another full border checkpoint and command centre currently being constructed. At 6am on Monday 13 July 2020 the Bridge will become another State Border checking station for traffic on both sides of the border.
“The whole week has been an exercise in adapting to a rapidly changing climate, and I would like to thank everyone from staff to the NSW authorities, and of course, to our community who are taking this new challenge in their stride “ said the Mayor.