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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

3 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 28,526 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,207,967 since March. Queensland currently has 6 active cases, 1,155 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,167 as of midday Friday 23 October.
 
Queenslanders can also celebrate a new milestone as Queensland reaches 43 days of no community transmission.
 
Great work to everyone for following the health guidelines and allowing our State to reopen so we can see friends and family and begin our road to recovery.

Premier's address to the State

On Sunday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk addressed Queenslanders to announce her what she hopes to achieve for you and your family if we are fortunate enough to be re-elected on 31 October. You can watch her speech here (from 41:20): https://fb.watch/1ibjQxQsgs/ 
 

Postal Vote Update

My office has been receiving lots of queries from Sandgate locals about their postal votes. Don’t worry if your postal vote hasn’t arrived yet - it should come sometime before Tuesday next week.
 
When you receive your postal vote, you should vote, sign, have it witnessed and mail it back as soon as possible.
 
You must vote before 6:00pm on Election Day, October 31st, and the Electoral Commission of Queensland must receive your postal vote by November 10th to be counted.
 
If you need any extra assistance, you can reach out to my office on 07 3639 9100 or email sandgate@parliament.qld.gov.au

Big plans fro small businesses

A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will back Queensland small businesses to further drive economic recovery with a $140 million strategy to lift competitiveness and resilience.
 
We all know how vital every local small and family owned business is to our community. Small business is vital to our recovery because it is the engine room of our economy.
 
That’s why the Palaszczuk Labor Government provided $2.3 billion in tax relief, grants, electricity rebates and loans which have supported small businesses to keep 334,000 Queenslanders in work through the pandemic.
 
The Government also introduced a target of 25 percent of all Government purchases to be from Queensland’s small and medium sized businesses from July 1 which will be extended to 30 percent by June 2022.
 
This week, the Government announced our $140 million strategy to back our most valued employers with our Big Plans for Small Business strategy which will support private investment with:
 

  • An initial $100 million Business Investment Fund from the $500 million Backing Queensland Business Investment Fund to invest in small to medium sized businesses that have significant growth potential and will create jobs.
 
This fund can support businesses to grow and expand into new markets - including export markets – and will be managed by Queensland Investment Corporation
  • $30 million of investment to increase skills and capability including:
    • Small business grants focusing on priority industry sectors;
    • Grants to assist regional exporters to develop new markets;
    • The development of a Business Ready Website;
    • Continuing Small Business Month and the successful Mentoring for Growth programs; and
    • A study to link government procurement of new fibre networks with increased access for small businesses to high speed broadband in the regions.
  • $10 million of investment to make it easier to do business in Queensland, including:
    • Ongoing funding for the Queensland Small Business Commissioner
    • Small business engagement, including the Small Business Advisory Council; and
    • A Summertime Taskforce to support businesses to be more COVID-safe and move outdoors
Our Big Plans for Small Business strategy includes $25 million in small business grants with a focus on our regions as well as our young Queenslanders, women, social enterprises and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
 
The Big Plans for Small Business strategy builds on the Palaszczuk Government’s response to the challenges faced by businesses as a result of COVID-19, including:
  • $1 billion in interest free/low interest business loans, with 86% going to small business;
  • $950 million in payroll tax relief;
  • $500 million for the Backing Queensland Business Investment Fund to support businesses that need capital to create jobs;
  • $400 million in land tax relief;
  • $196 million for Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants, paid to 18,000 businesses;
  • $100 million in electricity bill rebates; and
  • $1.2 million to establish a regional network of business support officers in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

More frontline teachers with record investment in education

More than 6,100 new teachers and 1,100 new teacher aides will be employed under a re-elected Palaszczuk Government.
 
The Great Teachers, Great Future program would see Queensland keep pace with expected enrolment growth of an extra 8000 students each year. The plan also includes nearly $20 million to set up the exciting new Turn to Teaching paid internship program to attract aspiring teachers from other fields of work.
 
This program commits to the single biggest investment in teachers in Queensland’s 161-year history. But this program isn’t just an investment in teachers, it’s an investment in our State’s future. Our schools is where our future is moulded.
 
Employing more than 6,100 teachers and 1,110 teacher aides over the next four years not only helps create jobs now, but it set up students for the jobs of the future. This commitment follows the Labor Government’s commitment to invest more than a billion dollars in new school infrastructure.
 
This will allow Queensland to keep up with state school enrolments which continue to grow rapidly every year. The Palaszczuk Government is committed to building the new schools and classrooms and new facilities needed to keep pace with that growth. We will continue to invest in our teachers and teacher aides and back them to provide a world class education for Queensland children.

 

Homework centres to help students get ahead

 The Palaszczuk Government will establish after-school homework centre at 120 state schools in an effort to boost student engagement. $8 million will be invested to have three teacher-aides in each location providing supervision for homework activities to students enrolled at the school.
 
These centres will provide a supervised and supportive setting away from home to complete homework tasks. They will support good study habits and provide additional learning time for students with their peers.
 
Importantly it will also provide a viable option for working parents, allowing them to spend more quality time with their children. These centres will alleviate the pressure on parent and families, allowing them to spend more quality time with each other.
 
This commitment from the Palaszczuk Labor Government gives back to the community and supports hard working parents in our community.

Free TAFE for under 25s

The Palaszczuk Labor Government will provide tens of thousands more young Queenslanders with free TAFE and free apprenticeships, under a $21 million plan to extend the opportunity to under 25s.
 
Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor implemented free TAFE and free apprenticeships for Queenslanders under 21, giving training opportunities to more than 24,000 young Queenslanders. But now, that opportunity will be extended to under 25s.
 
That means another 37,000 young people will be able to get a world class vocational education for free. We’ve been backing young people to help them prepare for the job market as part of our ongoing plan to recover from COVID-19.
 
The extended program will apply to 165 priority qualification areas, including health services, hospitality, engineering, aged and disability support and early childhood education. This initiative is also backing our local businesses to take on an apprentice or trainee by removing the cost of training.

$100 million game changing student wellbeing package

Students in every Queensland State School will have guaranteed access to mental health and well-being support under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
 
$100 million will be invested to ensure every Queensland primary and secondary state school student has access to a psychologist or similar health and well-being professional. This includes $4 million to establish a pilot project placing general practitioners in 20 state secondary schools in areas of greatest need.
 
With 2020 being a year like no other students have reported they are felling worried about their families, their studies and their future. This is why this $100 million is a real game changer.
 
For the first time the Queensland Government will deliver specialised, professional help for every student who needs it, whether that be in the form of a psychologist, youth worker, behavioural specialist, or other equivalent professional.
 
This new support for student well-being and the additional teachers and teacher aides will give greater peace of mind to parents and allow teachers to focus on their job of teaching.
 
Every child deserves a quality education and if they are experiencing mental health issues, we will be there for them. We will continue to back our students with the support they need to reach their full potential.

$880 million investment to back local jobs across Queensland
 

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will support up to 17,800 jobs across the state through partnership with local councils as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.
 
This job-creating commitment includes a $600 million investment in Works for Queensland and a South East Queensland Community Stimulus Package as well as another $280 million for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
 
Works for Queensland had made important local infrastructure projects possible while supporting thousands of jobs and now play a vital role in Queensland’s $11 billion plan for economic recovery from COVID-19.
 
As a Government we have always backed local governments like we have through the global COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters like fires, floods, or cyclones. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with our local governments to create jobs right across the state and we’re not going to stop now.
 
Under the $400 million Works for Queensland commitment, 65 regional councils will each receive two rounds of $1 million with the remainder of funds allocated based on population and unemployment levels over the next six years.
 
The funding will support up to 11,800 jobs across regional Queensland and in many cases will make the difference on whether vital local infrastructure projects can go ahead. The $200 million SEQ Community Stimulus Package will provide two rounds of funding to each of the 12 SEQ councils. The program is expected to support up to 6000 jobs.
 
This funding will deliver critical community infrastructure such as footpaths, kerb and channel works, roads, shade structures, playgrounds, community and sport facilities, halls, swimming pools and waterplay areas.

More palliative care funding for Queenslanders

The Palaszczuk Government will invest a further $171 million in palliative care funding to ensure Queenslanders get the highest quality care at the end of their lives.
 
This follows the recent announcement of an additional $195,000 that the Palaszczuk Government has invested with Palliative Care Queensland’s beloved Wish Ambulance to continue to grant Queenslanders’ dying wishes.
 
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Government worked hard every day to keep Queenslanders safe, especially our older Queenslanders. Our health response means we can continue to implement our plan for economic recovery, including investing more in support for seniors.
 
Older Queenslanders worked hard to build this state and our Government want to continue to look after them. The Palaszczuk Labor Government will invest $171 million to improve the care provided to Queenslanders at the end of their lives.
 
This will be the biggest single injection in palliative care funding in Queensland’s history. This investment is expected to support over 290 jobs across Queensland in public and community-based health services and supports our Economic Recovery Plan.
 
The $171 million investment in palliative care over six years will include:
 

  • Developing a new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy to strengthen and reform palliative and end-of-life care by providing improved equity of access and choice for Queenslanders;
  • Investing $102.5 million to employ more front-line palliative care staff to look after Queenslanders;
  • Investing $54.8 million for community-based service providers to deliver home-based hospice care for adults and children and after-hours services delivered through Hospital and Health Services;
  • Enhancing palliative care digital services and telehealth support for patient and for staff;
  • Launching a 24/7 hotline to provide support to palliative care practitioners; and
  • Delivering additional palliative care public education and advocacy, including advice on Advanced Care Directives, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will allow a parliamentary vote on voluntary assisted dying within months of the state election and will allow MPs a conscience vote.
 
The state parliament held an inquiry into end-of-life care that concluded this year, and subsequently the Queensland Law Reform Commission was asked to develop proposed voluntary assisted dying laws.
 
I want to make clear that I support voluntary assisted dying reform but will want to review the drafted legislation before I commit to supporting it. I will also want to engage with our community before making a decision.

Labor bolsters labour hire watchdog to protect jobs

In a move to strengthen workers’ rights, a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would employ eight additional frontline inspectors to ensure compliance with labour hire licensing laws and stop wage theft.
 
$6.1 million would be invested over the next four years to boost the Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit, allowing it to pursue targeted campaigns in a broader range of sectors and locations.
 
Creating good, secure jobs is at the heart of our economic recovery plan for Queensland, and this Government wants to see Queenslanders in jobs that support them and their families and give them confidence for their future.
 
The Palaszczuk Government has led the way in strengthening laws to ensure workers are protected. We introduced Australia’s first labour hire licensing laws and they have been incredibly successful since 2018. And now we will expand our resources to ensure a wider section of workers are being protected.
 
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has a proud history of supporting workers’ rights. Our achievements for Queensland workers since 2015 include:
 

  • Paid pandemic leave for Queensland workers;
  • Nation-first 10 days’ paid leave for victims of domestic and family violence;
  • Industrial manslaughter laws – the first state in Australia to do so – making workplaces safer and holding negligible employers to account ;
  • Criminalising wage theft and making it easier to recover wages owed to them;
  • Restoring rights of injured workers to common law workers’ compensation;
  • Employment security for Queensland public sector workers after the cutting, sacking, selling of the Newman-Frecklington years;
  • Portable long service leave for community services workers;
  • New laws to support workers with work-related lung disease to receive their full and just entitlements;
  • Leading the nation in response to the threat of silicosis in the engineered stone industry;
  • Presumptive workers’ compensation laws for firefighters with specified forms of cancer, and for first responders with PTSD; and
  • Labour Day public holiday restored to its rightful place in May.

Healthy Reef, Healthy Environment, Healthy Economy

$40 million will be invested to protect the Great Barrier Reef and other natural assets throughout the state under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
 
The landmark investments will protect our natural wonders while boosting Queensland’s tourism and related industries and supporting more than 200 jobs with:
 

  • An innovative $10 million Reef Credits initiative to drive on-ground restoration and environmental market development projects;
  • A $10 million Reef Assist program working with local councils and organisations;
  • A new $6 million Great Barrier Reef Island Arks program to deliver ecotourism and acquire new protected areas;
  • $3.9 million to develop world-class ‘sailing trails’ around Townsville and the Whitsundays; and
  • $10.1 million for upgrades to National Parks and World Heritage Areas.

What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate
 

Event Date Time Location
Sandgate & District Historical Society & Museum AGM Sunday 25 October 2pm 150 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
Queensland State Election Saturday 31 October All Day Various
Halloween dress up party Saturday 31 October 6:30pm- 11:30pm Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
Sandgate Art Society Foreshore Pop Up Sunday 1 November 8am-2pm Flinders Parade, Sandgate (Opposite First Avenue)

Brighton Wellness Hub 

Please see below the Brighton Wellness Hub schedule for the week beginning 26 October:

COVID-19 Reminder

I ask everyone to play their part in ensuring the health and safety of one another. Maintaining the recommended 1.5m between yourself and others is an essential part of this.  

Additionally, keeping good personal hygiene is a must. Wash your hands with soap regularly and try to steer clear from touching your face, shaking hands or giving hugs.

We need to take all advice seriously and look after the vulnerable in our community.

IMPORTANT CONTACTS


General Information
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

Latest Health Information
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Community Recovery Hotline
1800 173 349

Small Business Hotline
1300 654 687
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/

Federal Government Support
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

National Coronavirus Helpine
1800 020 080

Lifeline Support
13 11 14
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