The Cobram Courier: NSW-Victorian border bubble finally bursts

The Cobram-Barooga border bubble finally burst at midnight on Sunday.

But if you hadn’t been to the border since it slammed shut overnight on July 7, you wouldn’t know any different.

Because apart from a NSW Police Force highway patrol vehicle and van, there was barely a trace of the line that split the Cobram-Barooga community for 138 days.ADVERTISING

A line that kept families apart, meant some people weren’t able to continue going to work and caused traffic delays to rival our metropolitan counterparts.

But at 11.30 pm on Sunday night, it vanished.

And if it weren’t for the highway patrol car idling on the side of the Stan Collie Causeway, there would be no trace of the historic event.

The last time border communities were split was in 1919 during the Spanish influenza outbreak.

Sunday’s humid and stormy night was a far cry from the foggy July 7 set-up, with the bright orange barriers that once stood between loved ones, caused delays for commuters and kept some people from going to work interstate, piled off to one side.

There were no lights, the marquees had disappeared earlier in the day and the toilets had been taken the day before.

All that remained were three NSW Police Force officers, counting down to the 12.01 am deadline that meant they were no longer enforcing border permits, and could head back to Sydney.

“The locals here have been unreal and made it so much easier for us,” Senior Constable George Bizoglou said.

“People have been very generous – we had a lady who would bring us scones every night.

“It’s a completely different atmosphere here (compared to Western Sydney), we just want to say thank you to the community.”

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