The crisis facing isolated border communities

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In the far north-west of NSW sits the tiny town of Boggabilla. Home to about 500 residents, it is on the Queensland border and for most of the pandemic has formed a border bubble with the town of Goondiwindi.

Boggabilla operates on Queensland time, the drivers have Queensland number plates and the town is almost entirely reliant on the businesses, services and workers from Goondiwindi on the Queensland side of the border.

But last week, following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in nearby Moree, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk popped the bubble, instituting a hard border and depriving Boggabilla of many of the essential services and workers they need.

Boggabilla has one of the lowest vaccination rates in NSW and its predominantly Indigenous population are among the most vulnerable to the virus.

Journalist Jenny Noyes has just returned from Boggabilla and, today on Please Explain, she joins Nathanael Cooper to talk about the crisis the town faces.

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