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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

6 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 22,621 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,285,910 since March. Queensland currently has 8 active cases, 1,167 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,183 as of midday Friday 13 November.

Updated Road map

Restrictions are changing in Queensland from 4pm, 17 Tuesday. We’re carefully easing restrictions as Queensland continues its recovery from the pandemic.

From 4pm on Tuesday 17 November:

  • Up to 50 people can gather in homes and public spaces across Queensland
  • Person limits in indoor premises will increase from 1 person per 4 square metres to 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals, and all guests can dance at weddings, both indoors and outdoors
  • Seated, ticketed indoor events like theatre, live music, cinemas and sports can increase patron numbers from 50% to 100%
  • Outdoor events can have up to 1,500 people attend with a COVID Safe Event Checklist.
  • Open air stadiums can increase seated capacity from 75% to 100% with a COVID Safe Plan
  • Outdoor dancing will be allowed, including at events like outdoor music festivals or in beer gardens

Queenslanders have worked hard to stop the spread of the virus, which means we can enjoy more of our Queensland way of life and keep Queensland’s economic recovery plan moving forward.

Update COVID-19 Symptoms

QLD Health have updated the COVID-19 symptoms to include diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please get yourself tested.

Congratulations Victoria!

I would like to congratulate Victoria on reaching 2 weeks without any new community-acquired COVID-19 cases.

This is a great achievement and a testament to the swift action and restrictions put in place by the Victorian State Government.

New Cabinet Update

The Third Palaszczuk Government was sworn in before Governor Paul de Jersey yesterday. I was honoured to be appointed as Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport.

As a member of Cabinet, I remain able to represent local perspectives and needs at the highest levels of government.

Below is the list of the nominated Queensland cabinet. 

2021 Queensland Australian of the Year Recipients

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the annual Queensland Australian of the Year Recipients on Tuesday.

These awards acknowledge the recipients’ outstanding commitment to making a positive difference to their communities, the state, the nation and the world.

The award winners are as follows:

Queensland Australian of the Year
Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM, co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia and senior resident at Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Senior Australian of the Year
Torres Strait Islander Elder Aunty McRose Elu for her community advocacy and climate change work.
Queensland Young Australian of the Year
Conservationists Daniel Clarke and William Clarke for inspiring young people through their work protecting critically endangered orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra.
Queensland Local Hero
Natasha Johnston, the founder and director of Drought Angels which supports drought-stricken farming families.

Help for Storm Victims

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged those impacted by Saturday’s storms to reach out for help.

Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $900 per family are available. Grants range from $180 per person to $900 for a family of five.

Residents who are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of significant damage to their homes following the hailstorm would be eligible for assistance.

Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available as a safety net for eligible residents who satisfy an income test, are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage.

People who need financial assistance in the affected suburbs can phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Alternatively, they can download and use the Self-recovery app or visit

Queenslanders now able to access Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment arrangements have been extended to Queensland after an agreement with the Commonwealth.

Queenslanders who are self-isolating or in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic can now access support with a $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

The payments are also available to Queenslanders who cannot earn an income because they are caring for someone who has COVID-19.

People can claim the payment again if their self-isolation or quarantine period is extended longer than 14 days.

Queenslanders will not be eligible for the payment if they are receiving income, earnings or salary maintenance from work, receiving JobKeeper Payment or other forms of Australian or Queensland Government income support.

To claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment call 180 22 66 or access information at


What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate

Event Date Time Location
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
Brighton Wellness Hub Schedule

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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