Qld border tweet 'wastes police resources'

Nick Gibbs
·2-min read

A conservative activist who bragged on social media about crossing the NSW-Queensland border has apologised after being chided by Queensland's police chief.

Former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, posted on Twitter about a "sneaky run across the border and back" on Saturday night.

After receiving criticism from Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Police Minister Mark Ryan on Monday, Mr Shelton apologised and said he didn't intend to waste resources.

"My solo jog seems to have received a disproportionate social media response compared to that of the tens of thousands who apparently breached Covid rules to protest at the height of the pandemic," he said in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

Ms Carroll described Mr Shelton's actions as a poor attempt at humour.

"He can cross the border, I understand he has a G-pass, so it was just a funny tweet, which in the end is not really that funny," she said on Monday.

"We want people to freely move, do their exercise, do the right thing and not brag about it on Twitter."

Mr Ryan said Mr Shelton had potentially created confusion about what was allowed on the border.

"Not only does it divert police resources, but it also creates a sense of confusion in the community around certain actions," he said.

Border declaration passes are needed for travellers to Queensland who have visited NSW since December 11 after recent coronavirus cases in Sydney.

Queensland's border is also closed to anyone who has been in the COVID-declared hotspots of greater Sydney and surrounding areas in the past 14 days.

Queensland Police on Sunday replied to Mr Shelton's initial tweet stating it was making inquiries, to which Mr Shelton tweeted he was happy to explain his run along the coast from Coolangatta to the Tweed.

"There were no checkpoints for joggers, walkers or lizards," he said.