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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

5 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 26,486 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,259,722 since March. Queensland currently has 8 active cases, 1,163 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,177 as of midday Friday 6 November.

Border Update

Acting on the advice of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Queensland will remain closed to Victoria and Greater Sydney.

Residents of New South Wales, except for Greater Sydney, are allowed to enter Queensland from 1am on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

People who have been in a hotspot in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland.

Election 2020 – Thank you! 

Thank you, Sandgate!
The results are being finalised and it is clear I will remain the Member for Sandgate and our local community has resoundingly endorsed Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Labor’s handling of the pandemic and our economic recovery plan.
Serving as the member for the past 5 years has been an honour and I very much look forward to the next four years in Queensland’s first ever four-year fixed term parliament.
I am humbled by the generosity of support from the Sandgate electorate, I am rolling my sleeves up ready to continue our work for Northsiders and Queenslanders. 
I acknowledge the respectful conduct of our election here and thank the other candidates for their commitment to our democracy.
A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will deliver more frontline services, improvements to local schools, better health facilities on the Northside, a commitment to Queensland manufacturing and the Beams Road rail overpass - all while keeping us safe. Thank you for supporting this agenda, Sandgate.

Message to Year 12 Students 

I want to congratulate all of our local year 12 students for their hard work and adaptability during their final year of school. 

It has been a year like no other and I want to congratulate all of you on working hard through the challenges created by COVID-19. 

While I’m sure it feels like you’ve missed out on opportunities and celebrations throughout the year – your ability to work through this crisis will be sought after in future. Employers will see your application and know that you are adaptable and resilient, placing you with a major advantage over graduates of recent years.

Congratulations and all the best for your future graduates of 2020.


Northside Wizards New Stadium 

Last week I joined our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Bart Mellish MP (Member for Aspley) for the opening of the Northside Wizards' new stadium. 

This new home for northside basketball is now ready for use and the Wizards' didn't waste anytime in testing it out. The new stadium has five courts and seating for more than 300 spectators.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Bart Mellish and I committed to build the Northside Indoor Sports Centre back in 2017, so it was great to attend the officially opening.

This project is one of many which the Palaszczuk Government has started to invest in our local communities by providing key infrastructure and creating jobs. 

Like many in the Wizards' family, I'm more than excited to test it out soon!

Be Storm Ready this Summer 

This summer’s storm season is well and truly upon us with big storms last week and more likely to come in the months ahead it best to get storm ready sooner rather than later.

We all know the impacts from natural disasters can include minor inconveniences such as transport delays, needing to use alternative travel routes, collecting children early from school, massive queues at the petrol station or supermarket, and loss of power or internet connection.

And then there are the alarming scenarios like flood waters moving swiftly toward your house, a loved one unable to get home, and leaving behind pets during evacuation. 

We can't control the weather or when the next disaster will hit our community, but we can be aware and prepared. Get Ready Queensland helps you to take the steps to protect what’s most important to you. 

It’s easy to Get Ready in 3 simple steps by:

1 – Having a plan

An emergency and evacuation plan will ensure everyone in your household knows exactly what to do if the worst happens. It is designed to keep you and your household members connected and safe in the event you become separated and/or you lose mobile phone connectivity. You can complete your own tailored household emergency and evacuation plan online here: 

2 – Preparing supplies

Natural disasters can cause major disruptions to essential services like power, gas and water, and access to supermarkets and pharmacies for crucial supplies. Pulling together supplies and preparing your household emergency and evacuation kits early is the second step you need to take to Get Ready. For more tips on packing your kits visit here: 

3 – Making sure you are covered

No matter which part of our community you live in, both homeowners and renters need to make sure your home and contents insurance cover is enough to cover the cost of rebuilding your home and/or replacing your contents or possessions.

For more tips and advice on how to keep you and your family safe this summer, visit the Get Ready website at:

Powerlines and Storms

I want to remind everyone about the dangers associated with power lines and energy infrastructure during rough weather.

While the Energex network can withstand extreme weather conditions, it will always be vulnerable to direct lightning strikes, heavy wind, heavy rain, flooding and flying debris. All of these can cause power outages and fallen power lines.

Take care and stay away from fallen powerlines, alert people to the danger and call Energex on 13 19 62.

Queensland General Election 2020

With the election all over and the Government getting back to work, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain how elections work here in Queensland and how the next Government is formed.
Last Saturday Queensland held its first election to elect the Legislative Assembly for a full four-year term since the introduction of fixed four-year terms following a public referendum in 2017. This means unless there are exceptional circumstances, the Parliament will continue for four years until it expires prior to the next election which will be held on 26 October 2024.
The ‘expiration’ of Parliament refers to the dissolution of Parliament. This dissolution was done by the Governor 26 days before polling day. The Governor of Queensland dissolves the Parliament by making a proclamation.
When Parliament is dissolved, it has the following effects:

  • All business before the House on the Notice Paper lapses, with the exception of notices of disallowance.
  • Any Sessional or other orders cease to have effect.
  • All committees, except for the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, cease to exist.

Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly prior to dissolution could still be presented to the Governor of Queensland for assent after dissolution. However, practice is to try to ensure all Bills passed during the session are assented to prior to the signing of the dissolution proclamation.


On the same day as the Parliament is dissolved, the Governor issues a writ (a written command in the name of a legal authority to act) for the general election. The writ provides authority to the Electoral Commission of Queensland to carry out the election.
The writ includes the following:
  • the day of the issue of the writ;
  • the cut-off day for closing the electoral rolls;
  • the cut-off date for candidate nominations;
  • the polling day (also the day MPs cease to be MPs); and
  • the day the writ is to be returned.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland, acting independently from the Government, completes the election and the candidate who wins a majority of the two candidate preferred count (the count after preferences have been distributed) in an electorate will be declared.

When the electorate is declared the MP or candidate who is declared to have won is officially elected (As of 6 November, only five seats have been declared: Inala, Gladstone, Woodridge, Broadwater and Algester).

These declarations will be delivered to Parliament with the return of the writ. Following this the Governor will make a proclamation to summon the members of the new Parliament to meet at a date and time, based on the advice of the Government.

When the Parliament meets for the first time after an election it is referred to as the ‘Opening of Parliament’ and has a program which includes:
  • the official swearing in of members
  • the election of a Speaker of the House
  • the presentation of the Speaker to the Governor, and
  • the official opening by the Governor, and
  • the commencement of the debate replying to the Governor’s opening speech called the ‘Address in Reply’.

A message from the Repair Café Sandgate

Please see below a message from Repair Café Sandgate:
Dear Volunteers,
Our 6th workshop is planned for Sunday 29 November, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Could you please fill in the roster form on the link below if you are available that day. If you haven't attended the workshop before, don't worry, we are a friendly bunch and will help you out with whatever you need.
We need some more fixers with mechanical / electrical skills and some more helpers for this workshop to go ahead. Here's the link to sign onto this workshop or the following two.
Upcoming workshop roster:
Thank you and hope to see you there!


What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate

Event Date Time Location
Unplugged Cafe Friday 6 November 7pm 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
Art and Music by the Ocean – Celebrating 30 years of Brisbane Pride Saturday 7 November 11am-3pm Decker Park, 18 Twenty Fifth Ave, Brighton
Artrageous Mosaic Club Exhibition Saturday 7 November 2pm 84-88 Loftus Street, Deagon
Whiskey Tasting Night Saturday 7 November 7pm-9pm EclecTea, 2 Queens Parade, Brighton
Laurie’s Guided Beach Walk Tuesday 10 November 9:30am Flinders Parade, Sandgate
Keeping up Appearances by Sandgate Theatre Club Saturday 14 November 7:30pm Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club
Keeping up Appearances by Sandgate Theatre Club Sunday 15 November 2pm Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club
Liam Kelliher and band Sunday 15 November 4pm-7pm Cardigan Bar, 198 Seymour Street, Sandgate
Keeping up Appearances by Sandgate Theatre Club Friday 20 November 7:30pm Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club
Bramble Bay Series Race 1 Saturday 21 November 11am Queensland Cruising Yacht Club
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare Festival Saturday 21 November 5:30pm Einbunpin Lagoon  Park
Keeping up Appearances by Sandgate Theatre Club Saturday 21 November 7:30pm Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club
Keeping up Appearances by Sandgate Theatre Club Sunday 22 November 2pm Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club
Carseldine Christmas Twilight Markets Friday 27 November 6:30-10pm Cnr Beams and Dorville Road, Carseldine
Tyne at EclecTea Saturday 28 November 4pm EclecTea, 2 Queens Parade, Brighton
Repair Café Item Repair Sunday 29 November 2-4:30pm Repaire café Sandgate, 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate

Regis Sandgate Update

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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