Man trapped as mum ailing on Gold Coast

A WEST Australian man trying to visit his dying mother in Queensland feels he is one of the many forgotten people to have "fallen through the cracks" of COVID-19 border restrictions.

Mark Walker has appealed to the West Australian Government to allow him to visit his terminally ill mother Zelda, 81, on the Gold Coast, who has been diagnosed with end-state metastatic cancer, on the weekend every fortnight until her final days, which could be in September.

But while Mr Walker has been granted exemption on compassionate grounds to enter Queensland on the set dates, he has been told by WA Police he can only return home after each trip provided he quarantines for two weeks.

The last time he saw his mother was for her birthday on the weekend of March 22, as the WA borders were starting to close.

Mr Walker says he has "no idea how to move forward" with the enforced quarantine that means he will see his mother much less than intended, while also impacting his on-call business if he is at home for half the month.



"I can get in and out of Queensland but returning back into WA is pretty chaotic because obviously with the exemption form if you're not a politician or not a fly in-fly out worker or coming in for a funeral, as far as I can see you don't get exemption," he said.

"If I wanted to fly out on a fortnightly basis, I'd be quarantined for a month, so I've basically got to put my business on hold.

"She's starting to be put on a drip for the pain and obvi­ously the next step is palliative care."

West Australian man Mark Walker (right) wishes to see his dying mother Zelda (centre), 81, who is terminally ill on the Gold Coast.
West Australian man Mark Walker (right) wishes to see his dying mother Zelda (centre), 81, who is terminally ill on the Gold Coast.

Mr Walker said he would be happy to have COVID-19 testing on each return and ­believes the chances of catching the virus would be "very small".

"It all takes time, and the problem is that its time critical," he said.

"It's similar to the case of the man who was flying out to New Zealand to see his ­brother who was dying, and he obviously never made it.

"These are the final ones that fall through the crack and don't obviously fit in a certain box."

After receiving no ­response from the WA Premier Mark McGowan and ­federal Attorney-General Christian Porter, Mr Walker is submitting another request to WA Police on fin­ancial hardship grounds and is even calling on the commissioner Chris Dawson for help "navigating the uncharted waters".







Originally published as Man trapped in WA as mum ailing on Gold Coast