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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

4 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 29,077 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,179,441 since March. Queensland currently has 4 active cases, 1,154 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,164 as of midday Friday 16 October.

Queenslanders can also celebrate a new milestone as Queensland reaches 36 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.

Restrictions easing

The Chief Health Officer has given the all-clear to ease some restrictions early thanks to the strong health response of Queenslanders.
From 4pm today, Friday October 16:

  • Up to 40 people can dance at weddings with a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Dancing will be permitted at Year 12 school formals.
  • Gatherings of 40 people will be allowed in homes and public places.
  • Outings from aged care facilities can resume.

Together we have successfully suppressed our most recent outbreak with barely a handful of COVID cases across the state.
Queenslanders have done a great job of fighting this virus and deserve to have restrictions lifted as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Our strong health response means we can get on with Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
It’s still incredibly important to follow the health advice – if you’re unwell, stay home and get tested.

Free Sanitary Products for all Schools

BREAKING: If re-elected, we'll partner with Share the Dignity (a group founded right here in Sandgate) to provide vending machines with free tampons and pads at 120 schools across the state.

All Queensland schools, including independent and Catholic schools, can register to be part of the program, with schools most in need given priority.

Sanitary products aren’t luxury items – they’re a necessity.

This will give students the dignity they deserve, and help them feel more confident and stress-free during their time at school.

In addition, all Queensland schools will be able to access the Period Talk educational program and resources.

Better education around menstruation will reduce stigma and help identify cycle-related physical and mental health conditions earlier.

$5 million committed to Sandgate High for Performing Arts Hall 

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government has committed to our kid's future with the $1 billion Great Schools, Great Future plan. As a part of our package, Sandgate District State High School will receive $5 million to build a new performing arts hall.

Thank you to the Sandgate District State High School community who have campaigned for this upgrade which will create an outstanding learning space for students for years to come!

Governor of Queensland visits Brighton State School for centenary 

It was an absolute privilege to join His Excellency, the Governor of Queensland the Honourable Paul de Jersey for the centenary assembly of Brighton State School this morning and to see all the students of Brighton dressed in their 1920s costumes.

His Excellency and I were also joined by a very proud Principal Mr Scott Padgett, the P&C President of Brighton State School Narda McCarthy, Councillor Jared Cassidy and Cath Palmer representing the Federal member for Lilley, Anika Wells MP. 

The Governor spoke to students about how far education had come at Brighton State School since it first opened in 1920 when it had only one building, one teacher and 31 students. 

His Excellency also congratulated students for their bravery and courage during this difficult year and reflected on the life those first students also had in 1920 during the height of the Spanish Flu pandemic. 

I want to congratulate Performing Arts Coordinator Meredith Kelly and the School band for their stirring rendition of the National Anthem and their performance of ‘Mama Mia’ by Abba.

It was a terrific morning and I thank all the staff and students of Brighton State School for their hospitability. I wish Brighton State School the very best over the next one hundred years.

Eleven clubs in the Sandgate Electorate to share in $109,000

Eleven local clubs will share in $109,000 in funding as they restart activities with renewed vigour after being approved funding for minor upgrades, equipment and repairs. The $15.5 million Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Grant will provide a mini-stimulus for Sandgate clubs as they return to play.
We’re delivering on our economic recovery right across Queensland and as part of that, we’re supporting our community clubs to have the best facilities and equipment all while creating local jobs.
This isn’t an election commitment, it’s part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $51.3 million return to play stimulus package to be invested to support COVID-19 recovery efforts in the sport, recreation and fitness industries which was announced back in July.
Approved projects include the purchase of equipment to deliver activities or events, assist in facility maintenance, or to assist with reducing operational costs.
The return to play is possible because Queenslanders have done such an outstanding job of listening to the health advice and keeping each other safe during COVID-19.
So congratulations to our local clubs:


Organisation Project Activity Amount ($)
Bears Softball Club Inc. Purchase playing and catering equipment to support softball at Taigum. Softball 3,012
Bracken Ridge District Cricket Club Inc. Purchase and install a new irrigation tap line and purchase and install safety rope to support cricket at Bracken Ridge. Cricket 5,000
Brighton District Soccer Club Inc. Construct player shelters to support football at Brighton. Soccer 17,389
Hawks Sporting Club Inc. Purchase a mower to support Australian football at Taigum. AFL 11,817
Polynesian Va’a-alo Outrigger Canoe Club Inc. Purchase canoes to support outrigger canoeing at Shorncliffe. Canoeing, Outrigging Canoeing 17,909
Sandgate Bowls Club Inc. Purchase a mower to support lawn bowls Sandgate. Lawn Bowls 8,091
Sandgate Squash Social Club Inc. Upgrade courts to support squash at Deagon Squash 15,433
Sandgate Yacht Club Inc. Purchase a safety boat trailer to support sailing at Shorncliffe Sailing 4,805
Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club Inc. Replace retractable crocket nets at Deagon Cricket 17,420
The Scout Association of Australia – Queensland Branch Inc. Purchase equipment to support active play at Shorncliffe Inc. Canoeing 5,000
Xiang Dragons Shorncliffe Inc. Purchase a marquee to support Dragon Boating at Shorncliffe Dragon Boating 4,077
SANDGATE TOTAL     109,953

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government to hire 9,475 frontline health staff for Queensland 

A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will hire a record 9,475 frontline health staff in Queensland over the next four years including 5,800 nurses, 1,500 doctors, 475 paramedics and 1,700 health professionals. 

The Government’s Economic Recovery Plan clearly identifies that keeping Queenslanders healthy and safe is paramount and the Governments track record is clear. Only a Palaszczuk Government will hire frontline staff, build hospitals and invest in better health services.

Since being elected in 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has hired 7,358 more nurses and midwives, 2,450 more doctors, 2,025 more health professionals and 812 more paramedics throughout Queensland.

This is why you can trust the Palaszczuk Government to hire 9,475 more health staff in Queensland including 5,800 nurses, 1,500 doctors, 475 and 1,700 health professionals over the next term.

Our strong investment in health has been crucial during the COVID crisis, and this investment in new health staff is a key element in our Economic Recovery Plan and keeping Queenslanders healthy.

Trains for Queensland, built by Queenslanders 

Trains being built in Queensland by Queenslanders for Queenslanders will benefit everyone in our great State which is why re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will bring rail manufacturing jobs back to Queensland.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Queenslanders will again build Queensland trains. These trains will be manufactured from the ground up and locally built in Queensland.

After years of LNP disruption, our State’s proud rail building reputation is back on track with $600 million locked in for 20 new Queensland trains and the infrastructure needed to build them in Maryborough, supporting 690 new jobs.

The new investment builds on the 283 jobs saved by the Palaszczuk Government in 2017, and all up delivers a $1 billion guaranteed pipeline of train building work in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the announcement lays the foundation for a new era of rail manufacturing in Queensland with the next generation of trains that travel across our state being built in Queensland by Queensland workers.

Seven Satellite Hospitals to deliver care closer to home

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $265 million to build seven Satellite Hospitals across South East Queensland. An Australian first, this new initiative will mean people can access public urgent care and other services closer to home rather than having to go to a large major hospital.
This investment is an important part of our ongoing Economic Recovery Plan and will
support 768 local jobs during construction.
This new and innovative program will give residents better access to health care in
their local community, so they can access these services closer to home and in a more convenient setting without having to travel to a major hospital.
The Satellite Hospitals will also free up capacity at our major hospitals and help to
ensure our health system continues to keep pace with growing demand.
The seven Satellite Hospitals will be built in:

  • Redlands area;
  • Gold Coast;
  • Ipswich;
  • Bribie Island;
  • Brisbane’s northside (at Strathpine);
  • Brisbane’s southside; and
  • Caboolture.
It is expected that construction of the Satellite Hospitals will be completed in 2022-23.

New $45 million future skills initiative to partner high schools with industry

Industry will be linked with local high schools as part of an innovative future focussed plan to upgrade and build new industry linked school training facilities to provide students with pathways into rewarding careers.  
A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will invest $45 million to upgrade and build industry linked training facilities and trade training centres at 26 schools across Queensland, with a focus on the regions.
These new and upgraded training facilities and trade training centres will complement local emerging growth industries, including: 

  • Hydrogen;
  • Agriculture;
  • Aquaculture;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Defence maintenance and manufacturing; and
  • Aviation and aerospace.

This initiative is on top of the $1 billion commitment to Education Infrastructure across Queensland announced by the Premier last week.
These projects will target the specific skills needed to diversify and strengthen local economies, particularly in the regions. Only a Queensland Labor Government will deliver the skills our regions need to prepare students for jobs in our recovering economy.
The Local Schools, Local Jobs initiative will target the jobs of the future so students can seamlessly access at-school training for industries relevant to their regions.

What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate

Event Date Time Location
Sunshine State of Mind Friday 16 October and Saturday 17 October 7pm Sandgate Town Hall
Moreton Bay Kids Festival Sunday 18 October 9am-4pm Pine Rivers Park, Gympie Road, Strathpine
Early Voting Monday 19 October 9am-6pm 101 Brighton Road, Sandgate
Indelability Arts and Drama Classes - Contact Commences 22 October for 8 weeks 10am-11:30am Sandgate Town Hall
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 19 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.


General Information

Latest Health Information
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

Community Recovery Hotline
1800 173 349

Small Business Hotline
1300 654 687

Federal Government Support

National Coronavirus Helpine
1800 020 080

Lifeline Support
13 11 14
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