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Carnival operators fined $64k after alleged border breaches

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Sixteen Victorian carnival operators have been fined $4003 each after allegedly travelling from a hotspot and entering queensland on incorrect permits.

Sixteen Victorian carnival operators have been fined $4003 each by Queensland police after allegedly travelling from a hotspot and entering on incorrect permits.

Police removed the amusement operators from Mackay Showgrounds on Tuesday night after they travelled from Victoria, arriving Monday, and tried to set up rides for the show.

They were brought to the attention of police when show organisers alerted them to their whereabouts.

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Police allege the operators travelled through the Goondwindi checkpoint on October 5, displaying a freight declaration pass.

The group had declared they would travel into Queensland to deliver amusement show rides to the Rockhampton showgorund.

But police now allege the group planned to stay in the state and operate show rides at various locations.

The group were placed into quarantine before being tested for COVID-19.

All returned negative test results, police said, and are currently making their way out of the state.

The 16 operators have been fined more than $64,000 in total.

"In an emerging matter, police have identified a crew of service support staff who travelled from Victoria in order to assist with a show," Health Minister Steven Miles said yesterday.

"They had travelled through with trucks carrying large rides.

"They had applied for freight permits but that was not an appropriate permit for that type of travel.

"They quarantined while they were tested and now they have been asked to return outside of Queensland."

Source: 9News

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