Criminal probe into millionaire’s luxury boat trip from Melbourne

The New Daily

Queensland police have launched a criminal investigation into a Melbourne millionaire family who allegedly breached border restrictions by sailing to the Gold Coast on their luxury yacht.

Melbourne multimillionaire Mark Simonds and six other people arrived at Coomera on Monday morning, after several days cruising north from Melbourne on the luxury Lady Pamela.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people who breached the state’s tough border laws would feel “full force of the law”.

“The exemptions are there for a reason,” she said. “If they are found to be doing the wrong thing they will face the full force of the law. I’m disgusted about it.”

The Lady Pamela, which is owned by Mr Simonds, left Melbourne on August 9. It stopped at several locations along the NSW coast, which is a coronavirus hotspot, before arriving on the Gold Coast.

Mr Simonds is executive director of development company Simonds Group. It is understood he was on the yacht with members of his family.

On Tuesday, Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young said the family had been granted a travel exemption to enter the state. By Tuesday night, it had been revoked.

All on board the yacht were required to go into quarantine at a state-approved hotel, at their own expense.

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