NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard signs off on Public Health Order amendment clearing the way for freedom to cross the border

Border residents can cross the Murray, again

Border region residents have been given the green light to freely travel either side of the Murray River.

The amended NSW Public Health Order was officially gazetted late on Wednesday and is effective from midnight.

It means the four reasons previously required to cross between Albury-Wodonga and other river communities on the Victoria-NSW border have been scrapped.

They were to obtain necessary goods or services; for care or other compassionate reasons; to attend work or education or to permanently move home into NSW.

But on Wednesday, Albury MP Justin Clancy confirmed the changes meaning Wodonga and other Victorian-based border region residents can travel into Albury to attend pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas and reunite with families and friends after the border closure was put in place in early July.

The changes are also a massive roadblock removed for community support starting summer seasons including Cricket Albury-Wodonga, tennis, swimming and water polo competitions.

Checkpoint personnel in Albury were being briefed on the changes on Wednesday evening.

Movement into NSW is permitted with a valid border crossing permit.

The changes coincide with the Victorian government's decision to ease restrictions in regional Victoria, also effective from midnight.

Victoria Police also announced tougher fines for Melbourne residents trying to flee to regional areas.

Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie said: "I'm absolutely ecstatic.

"It means people can get back to business and reunite with families and friends. I am very pleased to see the NSW government respond in a timely manner."

Albury mayor Kevin Mack said: "It's a great outcome for our border communities and I am glad that the government has responded to our concerns."

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