'It's the talking
point for many"
border closures create
'utter confusion' for grey nomads
John Richmond: 'Utter confusion'
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THE travel plans for thousands of
caravanners are in turmoil because of ever-changing
last-minute border closures and restrictions due
to the COVID-19 crisis.
Some travellers are pleading with state governments to give them more time
to reach their home states before they are locked out.
"It's the talking point for many of us grey nomads," 72-year-old veteran
traveller John Richmond, from Melbourne, told Caravanning News at a
rest area on Queensland's Bruce Highway.
"There's utter confusion at the moment and it's putting unnecessary
pressure on us."
Victoria's Shepparton MP Suzanna Sheed wants to see more done for stranded
caravanners, pointing out: "They left to travel in their caravans when
they were entitled to ... and now find themselves locked out of their own
"Many of these travellers
are over the age of 60, were first in line to receive their vaccination
and they can self-isolate at home.
"We are going to great efforts to bring people home from overseas and
provide quarantine facilities for them. Surely, we can bring home our
local residents from interstate and find a safe way to do so."
She was concerned that Victorians in northern NSW and Queensland who were
granted exemptions to return to their home state were given a timeframe of
only 24 hours.
"This is a mammoth task for two drivers, especially when they are elderly,
let alone one driver, which is in many instances the case," she said.
"I would like to see this time extended to 36 hours to ensure road safety
and the safe return of our residents."
Grey nomad Joseph Fletcher, who has spent the last 10 winters enjoying
Queensland's winter sunshine, said he had spent hours
with wife Barbara trying to map a
quick route to Victoria.
"We are nearly 2000km from our home and to require
us to be home in 24 hours is unreasonable and a near impossibility," the
78-year-old former engineer said.
or even 48 hours would be
better but even that would still be pushing it.
"We are not getting any younger and don't need this kind of worrying
"It would be a great a rush and could give rise to accidents. There would
be no time to dilly-dally on the way, that's for sure."
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