Paula Gust

Cross Border Call Out Facebook page founder, Mum of two, Marketer, Website Designer, Farmer on VIC/SA border.

This photo was taken after one of our meetings (including a great Cross Border Community Member supporter, Nick McBride, Member for MacKillop)

Although it appears to be in jest, it was after a pretty heated discussion about border concerns.

Our Mission

To help people feel like they have a common space to find support and understanding from those in similar circumstances

To help our followers make sense of the new directions as they are released

To connect a community that really needs to feel connected in this situation

To advocate for those who need help to navigate the permits/restrictions/rules, and be a guiding hand

To partner with our local pollies to put pressure on the authorities who are making decisions that affect our area

We Had the Power to Impact Our Future, and We Did Something About It

The CBCO team have been advocating for Cross Border Community Members since 12th August 2020 – just before the Vic/SA hard border closure (we all remember THAT week!!).

Paula Gust started the Facebook Page on the night that the hard border closure was announced. Within 12 hours, there were 1,700 followers, and that has since grown to over 7,429.

I volunteer my time, as there is nowhere else that people can go to, for support, information and connection. I work tirelessly, sometimes upwards of 30 hours per week on the CBCO initiative.

I regularly meet with politicians, speak in Parliament, and work closely with my contacts in SAPOL and SA Health. I may be most known for getting Premier Steven Marshall in a headlock 🙂 .

Kylie Holland is no longer actively engaged anymore, but in her 8 months on the team, she spent a huge amount of time responding to the myriad of messages on the Facebook page, and with her extensive knowledge and understanding of the directions, our followers were well informed.

Jason and James are extremely busy, so Paula is managing the page solo now, but has the support and regular phone catchups with the team.

We try to keep track of everything on the Facebook Page, however this website will enable us to compile information that we can use in our campaign to the Premiers & health authorities who are decision makers.

We need to show them how this border closure is affecting our Vic/SA communities!

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Paula Gust


Cross Border Call Out Facebook page founder, Mum of two, Marketer, Website Designer, Farmer on VIC/SA border.

Kylie Holland

 (no longer actively engaged)

Although no longer actively engaged anymore, Kylie’s background in law proved to be pivotal in deciphering directions.

Jason Law

(no longer active due to being a busy Dad, farmer & businessman)

Vic/SA farmer, father of four, business owner of Rural Vet Services.  Jason flys the skies in his business Southern Air Ag in Vic/SA.

James Hawkins

(no longer actively engaged)

SA farmer with Cross Border employees.  James is also a Member of the Victorian Young Farmers Advisory Panel.

Drop a couple in the tin

The CBCO founder, Paula Gust, and the dedicated team work hard for our fellow CBCM's, and we all do this voluntarily.

However, if you'd like to contribute anything to our CBCO group, to cover our administration costs, website costs, feel "free to drop something in the tin".

Please make sure you are not forking anything out that you need for yourself in this hard financial time.  We will continue to advocate for the CBCM's no matter what.

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Our Top Priorities


Families are being kept apart.  Kids are missing Mum/Dad.  Grandparents miss their family.


Businesses on both sides of the border are suffering.

Mental Health

So many people are struggling with Mental Health issues due to border closures.

Covid Tests

Covid testing is now only required for Essential Workers – not CBCM

Outside the 70km

People who do not live within the 70km corridor, who are not able to see family members.

Agricultural Issues

Farmers are being disadvantaged greatly; roads are closed, stock need to be attended to.