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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview 

6 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in quarantine), with more than 32,141 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,122,006 since March.

Queensland currently has 6 active cases, 1,147 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,160 as of midday Friday 2 October.

Restrictions Eased

From today a number of restrictions have eased, please see below a list of changes.

Borders
 
Border Zone: Additional local government areas included in the declared Border zone across Northern New South Wales. The northern travel bubble has been abolished meaning all Queenslanders may travel to the declared border zone in New South Wales without quarantining upon their return.
 
Returning Queenslanders or New South Welshman who live in the declared border zone will still be required to have a border pass to cross the border and can be applied for here: https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
 
Standing, Eating and Drinking
 
Standing eating and drinking permitted at indoor and outdoor venues with a COVID Safe Plan or Checklist.
 
Let’s move Queensland outside
 
Outdoor density: Outdoor density requirements relaxed for businesses with a COVID Safe Plan or Checklist to one person per two square metres (e.g. outdoor dining, beer gardens and theme parks).
 
Outdoor events: Increase the maximum number of attendees permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Events Checklist from 500 to 1000.
 
Open air stadiums: Increasing the seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres from up to 50% to up to 75% with a COVID Safe Plan.
 
 

New Roadmap

Today the Queensland Government released the new roadmap to easing restrictions for the remainder of 2020. Including the changes made this week, from November 1 dancing will return to weddings and 40 people will be allowed to gather in homes and public spaces.
 
From 1 November, Visitors and returned travellers from New South Wales can enter Queensland with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine, provided community transmission is under control (including whether there have been any unlinked cases in the previous 28 days).
 
For more information see below:

 

Prince Charles Hospital to be expanded
 

The Palaszczuk Government has launched planning for a rapid expansion of the Emergency Department (ED) of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) and a major redevelopment and expansion of the hospital.
 
These projects will ensure the hospital continues to meet the current and future health needs of the Brisbane northside’s growing population.
 
The ED expansion project will address the projected increase in ED presentations with more adult and paediatric treatment spaces, including resuscitation.
 
It will also provide critical growth in adult and paediatric short stay bed capacity, as well as an expansion of paediatric outpatient capacity.
 
The planning for the major redevelopment and expansion of the hospital will investigate ways to address the growing demand on the hospital in the medium to longer term.
 
This major redevelopment and expansion project will increase bed capacity and surgery capacity in line with the detailed health service planning for the facility.
 
TPCH is a 630-bed major referral hospital, which provides care over a broad range of specialties, while also delivering specialised cardiac and thoracic services for Queensland.
 
The Palaszczuk Government is committing funding of $3 million for the preliminary business cases for the rapid expansion of the ED and the major redevelopment and expansion of the hospital.

National Police Remembrance Day
 

Tuesday was National Police Remembrance Day, a day for Australians to pay tribute to those officers whose lives were tragically cut short while serving and protecting our communities.
 
We paused and honoured their sacrifice and paid tribute to their families. Their legacies will never, ever, be forgotten.

Palaszczuk Government to deliver an extra 2,025 police personnel
 

The Palaszczuk Government will provide an additional 2,025 police personnel over five years and will deliver 25 mobile police beats. This is a historic investment in community safety and the biggest increase in police resourcing in nearly 30 years.
 
Our police are world-class and they have been doing a remarkable job keeping Queenslanders safe during COVID-19. To continue to support the efforts of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and keep Queenslanders safe into the future the
 
This is a $624 million investment over five years for 2,025 new police personnel. Of those 1,450 will be deployed to the frontline which means at least 150 positions will be located per key region across the state.
 
The Government is also investing in the future of policing with 25 mobile police vans that will take police into the heart of the community so that people see more police, more often.
 
From these mobile police vans officers will be able to take crime reports, victims’ statements, conduct field interviews and above all boost safety with a more visible police presence.
 
The additional 2,025 police personnel are to be deployed as follows:

  • employing 1,450 sworn police officers to be deployed to the frontline
  • employing 300 staff members for communications centres, prosecutions and watch houses;
  • employing 125 police liaison officers (PLOs) and school-based police support officers (SPSOs) to  work in priority areas; and
  • employing 100 frontline support personnel to support and enhance the work of the QPS, which includes establishing the QPS Wellbeing Centre with an additional ten Injury Management Consultants.
Of the 1,450 sworn police officers to be deployed to the frontline, at least 150 positions will be located to each of:
  • the new Far Northern Police Region which includes Cairns;
  • the Northern Police Region which includes Townsville and Mount Isa;
  • the Central Police Region which includes Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton;
  • the new North Coast Police Region which includes Maryborough/Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast, and Moreton Bay;
  • the North Brisbane Police District;
  • the South Brisbane Police District;
  • the South Eastern Police Region which includes Logan and the Gold Coast; and
  • the Southern Police Region which includes Ipswich and Toowoomba.
  • In addition, at least 50 positions will be allocated to Child Protection Investigation Units.

 
 

Modernised Body Corporate regulations to commence in March 2021
 

The Queensland Government has finalised a modernised set of body corporate regulations which will deliver important benefits for Queensland unit owners.
 
These regulations are the result of widespread industry consultation and follow a property law review which was undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
 
To assist stakeholders with the transition, the new regulations will take effect from 1 March 2021. These new regulations will streamline and modernise body corporate procedures, reduce body corporate costs and enhance protections for unit owners.
 
The regulations:

  • Facilitate electronic voting and attendance at meetings, including the use of ‘live’ electronic voting and remote personal attendance by teleconference/video conference;
  • Facilitate use of email and other forms of electronic communication for the exchange of information and documents within bodies corporate;
  • Clarify and improve the list of documents that original owners (developers) must provide to the body corporate to facilitate effective governance of the scheme; and
  • Encourage early identification and remedy of building defects by requiring body corporate to consider to prepare a defect assessment report at its second annual general meeting.

Community Groups to share $28,000 in grants funding
 

Two local community groups will enjoy $28,000 worth of Queensland Government grants through round 105 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
 
This popular program locked in important funding for the two groups, the Brisbane & Northern Suburbs Budgerigar Society will receive $7510 to upgrade their IT equipment and Queensland Veterans Cricket will receive $20,674 to purchase defibrillators and computer tablets.
 
State-wide 522 community groups will share in $13.4 million.
 
Some organisations have delayed or extended the timeline for their events, purchases or projects as a result of the coronavirus and so the Government has put in place flexible arrangements for acquitting these grants.
 
Year in year out, this program keeps communities connected and delivers great experiences and outcomes for thousands of Queenslanders. So I want to congratulate all successful recipients from this latest funding round because I know these grants will make a huge difference to so many people.
 
The GCBF grants are worth between $500 and $35,000 and applications are open to not-for-profit organisations. Over the past 25 years, GCBF has distributed more than $947 million to community groups helping Queenslanders.
 
The grants are merit based and funding is allocated by an independent panel.
 
Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 107 is now open and applications will close on 31 October 2020.
 
To get in touch with the GCBF team, call 1800 633 619 or email cbf@justice.qld.gov.au.

Palaszczuk Government drives jobs and industry growth through reduced landfill
 

The Palaszczuk Government is investing nearly $27 million in recycling projects that will create jobs and support businesses in the resource recovery sector while reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
 
By reusing materials, the resource recovery industry directly contributes at least $830 million to the Queensland economy – turning rubbish into economic prosperity and jobs. The funding will support the creation of 303 new jobs in Queensland – and that’s just the start of the economic benefit. It will see more than 957,000 tonnes of rubbish diverted from landfill each year and result in $126 million in additional capital investment into our economy from the industry.
 
Each year, our investment in the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program diverts 1.3 million tonnes of waste from landfill, creating over 360 jobs and reducing total landfill by 11 per cent.
 
Queensland has a real opportunity to push this industry forward and seize the employment opportunities associated with the resource recovery industry as we unite and recover. As anyone who goes to their local tip on the weekend can tell you, there are more jobs and economic benefits in resource recovery than there are in landfill – three times as many according to some studies.
 
The investment through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program will continue to grow this high-value industry and create jobs as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Action Plan.

Fisheries regulation overhaul to support Queensland’s economic recovery
 
A major fisheries regulation overhaul will cut red tape for the commercial fishing industry, protect export jobs and set Queensland on the path to more profitable and sustainable fisheries. These regulations are an important measure to support the industry through the COVID-19 recovery, with provisions to protect the state’s export approvals under Federal Government sustainability requirements.
 
Despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions as we implement Queensland’s $8 billion plan for economic recovery, the commercial fishing industry continues to face significant economic hardship.
 
The Queensland Government is acting to support the industry’s recovery by reducing red tape and making changes to meet conditions of Commonwealth Government environmental and trade approvals. This will ensure exports continue for nearly a dozen of our key fisheries, which support nearly 1,400 fishing businesses and more than 4,000 regional jobs.
 
Streamlining measures include:
  • at-sea processing in the Gulf of Carpentaria for certain species
  • crab and lobster meat processing to allow business diversification
  • increased incidental shark catch limits for commercial line fishers
  • clarifying various definitions such as fish measurement requirements
  • standardising trawl fishery closure times to better align with fishery operations
  • increasing the number of crab pots allowed in blue swimmer crab fishery
  • clarifying and standardising primary and tender boat requirements to remove unnecessary restrictions
  • permitting fishing in both the coral and aquarium fisheries to support diversification
  • removing distance requirements for tenders
  • streamlining existing commercial catch reporting requirements.
Changes to protect and maintain export approvals and improve efficiencies include:
  • dividing fisheries into management regions and establishing sustainable commercial catch limits
  • establishing quotas for mud crab, blue swimmer crab, barramundi, grey mackerel, king threadfin, school mackerel and whiting
  • implementing effort units for Moreton Bay Trawl and reallocating existing East Coast Trawl effort units to management regions
  • establishing shark form requirements for the East Coast Inshore fishery
  • allowing fishing in multiple crab fisheries at the same time
  • amending maximum mesh size and ply ratings for certain net fisheries
  • permitting commercial use of lift nets in certain fisheries
  • requiring bycatch reduction devices in the mud crab fishery
  • improving commercial catch and effort reporting requirements.
Other changes to protect and maintain export approvals will commence in September 2021. There are no changes for recreational or charter fishers in these regulations.
SANDBAG Tree Planting Ceremony
 
Although usually held in May, this year due to COVID-19 SANDBAG had to postpone their annual tree planting ceremony during Domestic Violence Prevention Month. 
 
It will now be held Tuesday 13th October from 10.30am to approximately 11.45am. The event will be held around the Bald Hills Creek area and will be operating under a COVIDSafe plan. Please contact SANDBAG Bracken Ridge on 07 3269 0277.
Pavement Maintenance Notice Brighton
What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate
Event Date Time Location
Sandgate Art Society Foreshore Pop Sunday 4 October 8am-2pm Flinders Parade, opposite First Ave
Brighton Food Truck Pop-Up Sunday 4 October 4pm-7pm Decker Park, Sandgate
Sandgate Youth Festival Saturday 10 October 6pm-9pm Online (visit the Sandgate Youth Festival Facebook page)
New Groove Jazz Ensemble Sunday 11 October 2pm-4pm Sandgate Town Hall
Ramble on Bramble Monday 12 October From 10:30am Flinders Parade, Sandgate
Seniors Cabaret Showcase Wednesday 14 October 11am-12:15pm Sandgate Town Hall
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
Indelability Arts and Drama Classes - Contact admin@indelabilityarts.com 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

Brisbane Colours 

Kurilpa Bridge

Friday, Saturday – Pink for Pinktober (Breast Cancer awareness)

Sunday – Green for National Amputee Awareness

Monday, Tuesday – Pink for Pinktober (Breast Cancer awareness)

Story Bridge

Friday - Pink for Pinktober (Breast Cancer awareness)

Saturday – Black, Red and Gold for Germany’s National Day of Unity

Sunday – Green for National Amputee Awareness

Monday – Red for Dyslexia Awareness Month

Tuesday – Orange for Brisbane Portrait Prize

Victoria Bridge

Friday - Pink for Pinktober (Breast Cancer awareness)

Saturday – Black, Red and Gold for Germany’s National Day of Unity

Sunday – Green for National Amputee Awareness

Monday – Red for Dyslexia Awareness Month

Tuesday – Orange for Brisbane Portrait Prize

Brisbane City Hall

Friday, Saturday – Warm White

Sunday - Green for National Amputee Awareness

Monday, Tuesday – Warm White

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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