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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland is doing everything it can to resolve its COVID border dispute with NSW but it's for the southern state to get its act together.
Hopes of ending weeks of heartache for southern Gold Coast and Tweed region communities were upended on Saturday, with a new war of words over a proposal to move COVID checkpoints south.
Queensland has put forward a very clear option for a border bubble as a means of resolving an issue having a major impact on people's lives, Ms Palaszczuk says.
"We've extended the olive branch and we'll hand it over to NSW now to see if they'll come to the party," she told reporters on Sunday.
"We're trying everything we can from our end."
That includes dispatching state disaster co-ordinator and deputy police commissioner Steve Gollschewski who will meet with the NSW border commissioner.
Meanwhile, the premier says the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will operate as Queensland's next mass COVID vaccination centre.
The Boondall hub will open to its first 1500 bookings on September 8 and ramp up to 3000 a day as more vaccines become available.
"We will also have walk-in days where you won't need an appointment to be vaccinated," Ms Palaszczuk said.
More hubs would open as more vaccine doses became available.
Queensland reported one new virus case on Sunday but the premier said it was linked to the existing Indooroopilly cluster, had involved no community exposure and was of "absolutely no concern".
Queensland in late July reintroduced a hard southern border in response to the spiralling NSW outbreak , progressively tightening exemptions for interstate travel.
Currently only a small class of essential workers from NSW can cross the state line.
Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said on Saturday NSW had come to the table after earlier declining offers to move checkpoints to temporarily include Tweed Heads within the northern state.
However NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro insisted no agreement had been struck "despite noise from the Queensland government" and that the southern state vehemently opposed moving the border checkpoint.
"What we want is a genuine border bubble so that workers can get to work and people can access vital health care," he told reporters.
A border bubble would still require travel permits, while moving the border south would not but would create a challenge for Queensland to police an area outside its own jurisdiction.
There is no neat geographical feature which can be used to support enforcement and compliance operations, NSW authorities say, and the region's access to health care would be diminished if Tweed Hospital was temporarily absorbed into Queensland.
Around 100 locals staged a lunchtime protest over their predicament at Coolangatta on Sunday afternoon.
For the most part, they were outnumbered by police. However two men were arrested over public order breaches and a third for assaulting and obstructing an officer.
A crowd of about 1000 people rallied against lockdowns and travel bans in the cross-border community last weekend.
Ms Palaszczuk said she was "very encouraged" by Queensland's vaccination rate.
Some 49.4 per cent of adults have had their first dose of the vaccine and 37 per cent are fully vaccinated.