Alleged Burnett border liars in hotel quarantine

Queensland Police deputy commissioner Steve Gollschewski made the announcement in a press conference this morning. (Picture: Queensland Health)

by Jessica McGrath

A couple have been arrested in Nanango after making an alleged false declaration while entering Queensland.

The man and woman in their 60s are among several people who police will allege entered the state after falsely declaring they had not travelled to a coronavirus hotspot.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said officers had detained the couple in Nanango yesterday after receiving information they had allegedly travelled through the Goondiwindi police checkpoint with false declarations on Monday, July 27.

The 63-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were issued with notices to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court on August 19 for failing to comply with the Queensland Border Direction and fraud.

“They have been placed into mandatory hotel quarantine outside the South Burnett area,” they said.

The current Queensland border restrictions mean people who have been in coronavirus pandemic hotspots within the last 14 days will be turned away at the state’s border.

Queensland residents who have been in these regions can return home but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their expense.

“The Queensland Police Service is committed to ensuring everyone complies with public health directions and will continue to enforce restrictions at the border,” they said.

Since July 10, 12 people have been issued with notices to appear in court while 24 people have been issued with infringement notices for providing false information on their border declaration pass.

Everyone entering the state must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass online before traveling to Queensland.

Queensland borders are set to close from 1am on Saturday to New South Wales and the ACT.

Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4003 fine or imprisonment.

Anyone with information about potential breaches of the Queensland covid-19 border direction should call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.