ALBURY MP Justin Clancy wants the federal government to offer special help to businesses caught up in the border shutdown.
The NSW politician said while he expected the state government to provide assistance he also believed Canberra should help contribute, given the national value in having a border clamp and the "heavy lifting" being done on behalf of the country at a local level.
"I would appreciate support from the Commonwealth when it comes to talking about recovery and moving forward," Mr Clancy said.
Albury's federal MP Sussan Ley said she had talked to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about the likely impact with Jobkeeper and Jobseeker due to the border shut-off but would not be drawn on other assistance.
"I have spoken to the Treasurer to alert him to the increasing demand on our existing government support programs coming from this region as a result of these NSW border closures, and he has asked me to keep him informed," Ms Ley said.
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The Border Mail asked NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday if any special financial help would be forthcoming for border businesses left out-of-pocket because of the crackdown.
She has not answered the question but Deputy Premier John Barilaro said there would be financial support for businesses hurt by the move.
Mr Clancy said NSW Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope would visit Albury on Friday to see and hear firsthand how the hard shutdown has been felt by enterprises.
Ms Ley has had a record response to a Facebook post with nearly 1000 comments in reply to her appeal for people to provide border locations "where somebody may be (unreasonably) excluded from working their normal job interstate".
"We've taken every one of those reasonable concerns to the NSW government, seeking either an exemption or change to smooth out the numerous permit application glitches which have emerged," Ms Ley said.
Ms Berejiklian has also not answered Border Mail questions about why the blue zone was drawn so narrowly and whether it was fair for Batemans Bay which has a cluster of coronavirus cases not to have similar restrictions to Murray River places.
At a Sydney media conference yesterday she said: "In the first instance you have very good exemptions for work, for education, for health, for essential work, there's a lot of categories where people are freely, still with the permits, moving back and forth."