New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian renewed calls for a Pacific bubble last week. This has created optimism for Kokoda Trail tours to resume if PNG is to be included.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Ms. Berejiklian has urged the federal government to reconsider the suspension of international travel and the establishment of a Pacific bubble in 2021.
The premier told the Herald, “There is no reason why we shouldn’t aim to travel to New Zealand and some of the Pacific Islands within the next 12 months.”
She made the call after NSW recorded no local coronavirus cases for the third day on Wednesday paving the way for restrictions to be eased this week.
The premier’s stand is a step in the right direction. If we have a Pacific bubble, it’ll mean all Australians can begin to travel to PNG to walk the Kokoda Trail.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brian Kelly issued a warning that Australians should treat international travel with caution. He said it would be one of “the last things to change” after a coronavirus vaccine rollout.