BORDER DILEMMA: With every service they need on the Queensland side of the border, Cottonvale woman Chris Foskett and her son Karl agree their property in New South Wales is an awkward place to live.
BORDER DILEMMA: With every service they need on the Queensland side of the border, Cottonvale woman Chris Foskett and her son Karl agree their property in New South Wales is an awkward place to live. Alex Nolan

Living on a State of Origin dilemma like no other

A STATE of Origin dilemma like no other faces Cottonvale woman Chris Foskett, who lives on her son Karl's property between the Queensland and New South Wales border.

With the property officially declared to be in NSW, Chris pays rates to Tenterfield Shire Council, has her car registered in NSW and she barracks for the Blues in the State of Origin.

However, Chris can't go anywhere in NSW unless travelling through Queensland to get there.

"Border Gate Road is a 'no through road' and it is therefore impossible to get anywhere else in New South Wales without using Queensland roads," she said.

"Officially I live in Maryland but I often put Cottonvale as my address so the mail comes on time.

"If I didn't see the funny side of it I'd probably lose my mind."

Chris has been living in the granny flat on Karl's property for 12 months and loves her new home but admits it can be frustrating living in such an awkward position on the border.

She said there were dramas with building the property due to NSW electric and plumbing licences making it difficult to source tradesmen.

However the most challenging part of living on the border seems to be rubbish collection and dumping.

While Tenterfield Shire grades the section of road in front of Chris's property, no one comes to collect their rubbish.

"We don't have a lot of rubbish, most of it is recyclables which I can take to Stanthorpe," she said.

A representative from the Southern Downs Regional Council informed Chris last week that she could pay a small fee to use the Stanthorpe Waste Facility until the new Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station was completed.

Residents living outside the SDRC district pay the same fees to dump as commercial customers, meaning $63 per tonne for general waste and $35 per tonne for green waste or construction and demolition waste.

"We worked out it would probably only cost 63c per bag to use The Summit's facility when it opens," Chris said.

"I wouldn't mind paying just $5 per time to avoid the confusion."

The main benefits Chris receives by living in NSW are the free car registration and licences for seniors.

However she said the situation was difficult to live with at times.

"Tenterfield is a good shire to be under," Chris said.

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