IT is apparent the NSW government expects its tougher rules for border permits will cut demand for passes and reduce travel across the Murray River.
That's the outlook Albury Council chief executive Frank Zaknich flagged to councillors at a public briefing on Monday night following the release of a map specifying the border bubble.
"The government is obviously anticipating that there will be less permits issued and so less activity on the border for checking," Mr Zaknich said.
"The focus has been on containing the spread and the border zone that is much smaller than what it was two weeks ago is the NSW Health-state government strategy to achieve that."
The city's deputy chief executive business, growth and community Tracey Squire said it was expected the new border regulations would result in more council staff working from home.
As of last week the council had 92 employees based in their residences.
Former mayor Alice Glachan voiced her worry that the council may be pushing for the border to be moved north of Albury as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
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"I'm concerned if the border was to be moved north of Albury then it would mean that the residents of Albury, whilst we would have the advantage of being able to hop over and (go) backwards and forwards to Wodonga, the issue would be and I can only imagine it would be further along the river as well that we would then be classed as Victorians...for that period," Cr Glachan said.
Private Zach Rohrlach has come straight out of basic training and is helping out in Albury on Operation COVID-19 Assist. He's enjoying his work which involves working with police at the border crossing to check exemption forms & licenses. #TYFYS#OurPeople@AustralianArmypic.twitter.com/Jg8LzDWZ9L— Darren Chester MP (@DarrenChesterMP) July 18, 2020
"We would be subjected to the Victorian COVID isolation issues, so I would simply like it confirmed that there is no suggestion of council supporting or promoting a move of the COVID border to be north of Albury."
Mayor Kevin Mack, who has previously voiced support for a border checkpoint north of Albury, said the latest changes to interstate crossings eliminated such a move.
"This latest public health order precludes that anyway because it's stated clearly what the boundaries and there the boundaries that they will stick to," Cr Mack said.