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There was "chaos" at the South Australian border this week when south-west transport companies hit a roadblock after new coronavirus testing regulations caused "massive confusion", an MP said.
Trucks were lined up for hours on Wednesday and many were turned around, member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said.
Mrs Britnell said goods that were held up or turned back at the border on Wednesday were testing kits, medical supplies, fuel, milk, meat and mail.
She warned that if the problem wasn't fixed it could lead to food shortages on our shelves. "It needs to be sorted yesterday," she said.
Testing site were operating on the border on Thursday, but only between certain hours which meant one transport company had to drive to Rennick, west of Dartmoor, on Thursday just to get tested before having to drive back over hours later when their loads were ready for transport.
New regulations which came into effect this week means Victorians need to have a coronavirus test to cross the border, but the transport companies have struggled to get tested because they are asymptomatic.
The Warrnambool region company, who provides what is deemed an essential service, travels to South Australia daily and its owner, who didn't want to be named, said staff were turned away from a south-west testing site on Wednesday. He had been told the only place testing asymptomatic people was Colac, but he didn't want to send staff into a hot spot.
Allansford's Anthony Boyle, of Boyle's Livestock Transport, said precautionary tests were not covered by Medicare and if he had to get private testing it would cost him about $3000 a week to have staff tested - something that wasn't sustainable long term.
This article first appeared on www.mailtimes.com.au
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