Tronson du Coudray’s art work for the Tuesday 9 March Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce breakfast ‘business card drawer’ was titled ‘State-Borders’ Business’.
This art image is a reflection of numerous lorries lining up at any State Border one might wish to name when borders are slammed shut whenever one or two Covid 19 is announced.
Bang – Shut – Business can go ….. No matter how much damage a State might do to its own business community let alone national commerce – shut they are.
The consequences are meaningless. The people are told they are at risk. That one Covid 19 case will decimate their family, their community, their livelihoods – yet the case in Melbourne saw the entire State closed including Bairnsdale in the north east and Mildura on the western NSW border. Uproar was the outcome.
Queensland borders were closed for 6 weeks over the school holidays from 11 December through to 1 February. This severely (seriously) affected the domestic tourism to Mackay, Bowen, Whitsundays, Townsville, Ayr, Cairns and the Islands, Cooktown, Cape York and the Atherton Tablelands.
It’s a round circle – the politician says it’s the chief health officer – the health personnel say they cannot make a political decision. No one is to blame. They learnt this trick from Victoria over the 800 deaths. No one could remember. We all suffer as business, in effect, falls apart and many businesses close down.
News casts are pleading for Australians to visit North Queensland yet shaking their heads that people are unwilling to travel into Queensland or inter-state due to instant border closures leaving them with lockdowns and ‘up in the air’ …. whereas the NSW model where only specific suburbs get lockdown is now recognised.
2nd in a series
This is the second such art work Tronson du Coudray has done for Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce business card draw. The first art work was titled ‘Qld Borders’ for the February breakfast.
Tweed Heads on the Qld border straddles Coolangatta – one side of the street in one State - the other side of the street - in the other State. Borders have closed three times now. When they do, the highway is backed up for 20kls. The main street (Wharf) for 5 klms to Boyd’s Bay Bridge.
It is not only business that is affected, it is charities and missions for which I can testify.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html