Member for Lismore Thomas George today welcomed the solid outcomes achieved under a re-commitment to the Queensland - NSW Statement of Principles and Priorities for Cross-Border Collaboration.

Mr George said both Governments are continuing to work together on improving service delivery as outlined in the cross-border 2017-18 Annual Report and 2018-19 Worklist.

“The complexity of cross-border issues requires our two governments and their agencies to work side-by-side, share information and undertake joint planning, and I’m pleased to see many great results for residents in Tenterfield and Murwillumbah,” Mr George said.

“The report also points to improvements in health with Northern NSW and Gold Coast health departments working together through a service and coordination committee to help identify issues and streamline processes to reduce delays, improve patient discharge and handover processes.”

“There’s been traction in the sharing of student information to enhance the planning and delivery of education for our kids, as well as progress to amend the mismatch of various education legislation and policy.”

“We are striving to achieve a borderless region, and I’m looking forward to continued results from this partnership,” Mr George said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said our aim is to work towards to a united community, where government services are delivered efficiently and equally.

“Collaboratively, work is underway to deliver better transport options, ensure the protection of our kids and provide greater access to job and education opportunities across the borders regions.

“We’ve worked hard to understand the unique problems faced by people in border areas, and I look forward to building on the success and great work achieved thus far under this agreement.”

The 2016/17 QLD-NSW Progress Report and the 2017/18 QLD-NSW Annual Worklist are available at

PHOTO: Mayor Tracy Dobie – Southern Downs Region Council, Mayor Peter Petty – Tenterfield Shire Council, Barnaby Joyce MP – Member for New England, Thomas George MP – Member for Lismore, James McTavish – NSW Cross Border Commissioner

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