Urandangi becomes a border control outpost

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Police and army patrol the border on the Barkly Hwy at Camooweal.

Police and army patrol the border on the Barkly Hwy at Camooweal.

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The tiny township of Urandangi doesn't get much traffic at the best of times, but travel has become even harder due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The tiny township of Urandangi doesn't get much traffic at the best of times, but travel has become even harder due to COVID-19.

It doesn't help that the town's de facto community centre, the Dangi Pub, has been forced to close due to national restrictions.

However, Urandangi's key place on the Queensland/Northern Territory border has seen an influx of personnel to make sure no one is breaching rules by crossing between the state and territory.

Dangi Pub owner Pam Forster said although the pub was shut, she was kept busy by police and soldiers who were stationed at the outpost.

"We've got a checkpoint in front of the hotel," Ms Forster said.

"We've got 13 from the army in Townsville, who are camped out in their swags in the park opposite the hotel, and we've got four shifts of police."

Ms Forster said the influx had doubled Urandangi's usual population of 11 adults with a similar number of children.

"I'm keeping busy feeding the army boys," she said.

"But they are doing a lot of jobs for the town, cutting down the long grass. It will look beautiful when it's done."

The story Urandangi becomes a border control outpost first appeared on The North West Star.

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