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Three NSW travellers arrested for flying a private plane into South Australia

Three people have been arrested in Coober Pedy after flying into the outback from NSW in breach of COVID-19 restrictions.

South Australian police said a 39-year-old woman, a 21-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were arrested on Friday night for flying into South Australia in a private plane after being denied entry to the Northern Territory.

Police inquiries revealed the plane had departed Griffith, NSW, on Thursday and landed in Coober Pedy – against cross-border directions on Thursday.

The group then attempted to enter the Northern Territory on Friday, but were denied and returned to Coober Pedy, again in breach of cross-border directions.

South Australia closed its borders to anyone travelling from New South Wales on Tuesday, following suit from Western Australia, which was the first state to ban travellers from the state on 19 June.

Police in Coober Pedy located the travellers at a local karaoke bar just after midnight.

All three were arrested and charged with failing to comply with the Emergency Management Act and are expected to appear in the magistrate’s court today.

Police said the trio posed a risk to “vulnerable outback communities”.

ABC News has reported that the travellers posted photos and videos of their travels on Instagram before their arrest with one describing the trip as an “absolute dream”.


Featured image source: Instagram via ABC News


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