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COVID-19 Update
8 new cases were reported from Saturday 30 January to Friday 12 February (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 81,488 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,841,497 since March. Queensland currently has 6 active cases, 1,299 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,318 as of midday Friday 12 February.

BREAKING: Victoria Border Restrictions

BREAKING: Queensland’s borders will close to Greater Melbourne from 1am on Saturday, 13 February following the Victorian Government’s announcement of a 5-day lockdown for all of Victoria.

Anyone who enters Queensland and has been in the 36 local government areas in Greater Melbourne since 9 February will be directed to quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days.

This newest virus outbreak in Greater Melbourne seems to be transmitting quickly and Victoria has listed up to 30 locations where a positive COVID-19 case has visited while potentially infectious.

Anyone who has been to any of the listed venues in Greater Melbourne, please come forward, get tested, follow the advice of VIC Health to quarantine for 14 days, and call 13 HEALTH.

Anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne on or since 5 February, but hasn’t been to one of the affected venues, should come forward for testing and isolate until you receive a negative result.

People will still be able to transit through Melbourne airports, as long as they don’t leave the confines of the airport and enter the hotspot however, Queenslanders planning travel should reconsider the need to travel to Victoria.

Tough New Action to Target Repeat Youth Offenders

The Premier has announced a range of new reforms to further crackdown on juvenile crime.

The new measures will target hardcore youth criminals who repeatedly offend and put the community at risk.

Courts will get more powers allowing them to:

  • Require fitting of electronic monitoring devices (GPS Trackers) – as a condition of bail for recidivist high risk offenders aged 16 and 17.
  • Create a presumption against bail – for youth offenders arrested for committing further serious indictable offences (such as breaking and entering, serious sexual assault and armed robbery) while on bail.
  • Seek assurances from parents and guardians – that bail conditions will be complied with before an offender is released.
  • Strengthen existing bail laws to provide further guidance to the courts – the Youth Justice Act will be amended to include a reference to the community being protected from recidivist youth offenders in the Charter of Youth Justice Principles.

Assistant Police Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon, Queensland’s former Security and Counter Terrorism Command will lead a Youth Crime Taskforce to implement the new measures.

The Premier also announced that former Commissioner Bob Atkinson will report on the efficacy of the measures in six months.

These tough new measures build on the Government’s five-point action plan announced in March last year, with $550 million in Youth Justice reforms already underway.

School Leaders 2021

Last week I was privileged to attend Shorncliffe State School’s school leader presentation ceremony.

Although I can’t make it to every school’s leadership ceremony, I’d like to congratulate all school leaders for their appointment and wish them luck as they journey through their last year of primary school.

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program

Young people will be a focus of this year’s record $1 million grants program to celebrate Queensland’s multiculturalism.

The program is aimed to help break down barriers for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds so they can connect, participate and contribute within the community more easily.

Community groups, sporting clubs, not-for-profit organisations, youth groups and local governments are urged to apply to help deliver projects that promote greater social and economic participation for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Applications close on Monday, 15 March 2021.

For more information about the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program and how to apply: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/cmq-program

Investing in Queensland Women Grants Program
Community groups advancing gender equality for Queensland women are front and centre in a $540,000 grants program opened today by the Palaszczuk Government.

The Investing in Queensland Women program will provide grants of up to $15,000 to successful applicants to deliver community initiatives, including projects that prevent and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/grants-for-queensland-women?fbclid=IwAR0IoV7qPda2vlk7lVIcNmyILs1UbZwJJdlsI7xcp_NYRWUxFPO6x7u8YVs
Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Grants Now Open
Queenslanders are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in grants as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation grants program.

These grants are aimed to support communities to deliver activities that contributed to truth, healing and reconciliation of people with a lived experience of institutional child abuse.

With the next round of grants, we will continue these conversations across Queensland by supporting individuals and organisations in activities that are meaningful to them.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for individual organisations and funds of up to $15,000 available for joint applications.

People with lived experience are encouraged to apply and will need to be supported by an eligible organisation.

For more information on the grants, which close on Wednesday 14 April 2021, visit https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/about-us/funding-grants/funding-available
Bald Hills Road Maintenance Works
Sandgate and District Historical Society and Museum – John Bradfield Talk
A talk on the life and achievements of Sandgate local, Dr John Bradfield will be held at the Sandgate Museum and Historical Society, 150 Rainbow Street, at 2pm on Sunday 28 March.

The life story of Dr Bradfield is remarkable, and I recommend attending this event to learn more about this great Sandgate Local.
YMCA Youth Parliament Nominations Now Open
YMCA Brisbane is searching for young people from all over the state who have an interest in leadership, the political process, or helping their community, to become members of the 2021 Queensland Youth Parliament.

Nominations for the 26th Youth Parliament are now open, and Queenslanders aged 15-25 years with an interest in influencing change, political science, public speaking and policy or government are encouraged to take up the opportunity.

Within this program, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a parliamentary setting, meet likeminded young people and even debate your own Youth Bill in Parliament.

For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, email qypcoordinator@ymcabrisbane.org or go to www.ymcaqyp.org.au.
Queensland Youth Skills Academy Short Courses Now Open
The Queensland Department of Small Business and Training has funded the Queensland Youth Skills Academy (QYSA) for up to 10,000 young Queenslanders.

In QYSA, students will learn about self-employment, public speaking and financial literacy skills through our eLearning platform.

QYSA is offering fully subsidised 90-minute workshops to schools, organisations and students that will focus on entrepreneurial skills and employability skills.

To learn more about these opportunities, visit: https://www.qysa.qld.edu.au/workshops
Ellume Contract
Brisbane company, Ellume, has won a $302 million contract to supply COVID home testing kits to the United States.

This is fantastic news for the local manufacturer who’s rolling up its sleeves to fight the global pandemic and employing hundreds of Queenslanders to do so.

The Queensland Government is supporting Ellume through our Essential Goods and Supply Chain program announced in May 2020, allowing the company to expand manufacturing at its new facility in Richlands.

The company currently employs more than 300 people here and will almost double that as demand increases in the coming months.
Brighton Wellness Hub Schedule

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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