What Echuca-Moama residents think of the border closure

By Anna McGuinness

Helen Williams, Torrumbarry: "I've got no problem with it. It was really easy to get a permit. There was a huge queue to cross the bridge but that was expected."

Brian Hunt, Echuca: "It affects everyone but it's necessary. It's early days still and there's ways around it. It's pretty easy for us up here."

Lucy Boyd, Echuca: "I'm hoping there'll be a bubble and people from Echuca-Moama can cross freely. The main street is very quiet today. It's very sad when you own a business."

Lindsay Moor, Barmah: "It doesn't bother me at all. I knew the Barmah bridge would be closed. It was terribly entertaining to see everyone's reactions when it did."

Helen Simmons, Mathoura: "It had to be done but they should have thought it through before hand. I had to go to Bendigo Hospital yesterday and couldn't get a permit before then to get back because the website wasn't working. And the permits only last 14 days - they should give a permit for the whole time the border is closed."

Brad Downie, Echuca: "It hasn't affected me yet because we're on school holidays. I'm a school teacher and have a child at Moama Anglican Grammar. We're still trying to figure out how it will work.”