Locals in communities along South Australia’s border with Victoria have reported witnessing abuse and vandalism aimed at travellers crossing into SA.
While SA’s border is effectively shut to those entering from Victoria, the state does allow some exemptions.
Many living in the states’ cross-border communities travel between states for work, medical appointments and other essential services.
However, the South Australia’s rule changes and new pre-approval process have led to confusion and simmering tensions on the SA side of the border.
One SA resident from the state’s South East told the ABC that she had seen abuse directed at friends who live just over the border.
“They’re being abused, their cars are being vandalised because they’ve got Victorian number plates. It is disgraceful,” Sally told the ABC.
Premier Steven Marshall has flagged the possibility of regional travel bubbles for areas that have seen little-to-no new coronavirus cases.
SA had originally planned to reopen its Victorian border for unrestricted travel on July 20, however, a second wave of new COVID-19 cases in the state has led to those plans being shelved indefinitely.