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COVID-19 Update
24 new cases were reported from Saturday 5 December to Friday 18 December (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 36,421 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,408,065 since March. Queensland currently has 11 active cases, 1,213 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,233 as of midday Friday 18 December.

BREAKING: Northern Beaches Region of Sydney

The Northern Beaches area of NSW has been declared a hotspot from 1am Saturday 19 December following the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result, anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region on or since Friday 11 December 2020 and is already in Queensland should get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left.

Moreover, anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region on or since Friday 11 December 2020 and arrives in Queensland on a flight from Sydney after 1am Saturday 19 December 2020 must go into hotel quarantine at their own expense for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches and get tested.

This includes both interstate visitors and Queensland residents returning home. Police will check airport arrivals and conduct random checks on the highways. Penalties apply for false declarations.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you updated.

Queensland Health Alert

A New South Wales resident who travelled to Queensland this week has since tested positive to COVID-19.

Queensland Health has identified some locations that person travelled to while in Queensland.

  • 16 December 2020: VA925 Sydney to Brisbane
  • 16 December 2020, after 11:30am: The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains

If you have been to either of the above locations at these times and develop any symptoms, you should isolate immediately and get tested.

Important COVIDSafe Christmas Functions Guidelines

Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Grants

The Queensland Government launched a $2 million grants program to assist sexual, domestic and family violence service providers.

As we started to recover from COVID-19, there was unprecedented demand on our domestic and family violence (DFV) services, many of which had to implement new measures to help women and children.

Service providers have worked around social distancing measures to continue to deliver counselling and support over the phone, which has worked well, particularly for teenage clients who can be hard to engage with.

However, this year we have seen a significant increase in people seeking assistance for domestic violence situations. These grants are available to help service providers cope with the influx people seeking assistance.

Grants between $50,000 and $150,000 are available to sexual, domestic or family violence support service providers to support one-off innovations or to purchase technology, produce resources, video production or delivering a temporary COVID-related program.

This is the first time sexual, domestic and family violence service providers can apply for funding to help them respond to the impacts from the pandemic and I would encourage any organization involved in sexual, domestic and family violence support to apply.

Applications are open until 28 February 2021.

For more information on how to apply visit www.qld.gov.au/notnownotevertogether

December Track Closures

Are You Prepared This Storm Season?
Storm season in Queensland is well and truly upon us which is why it is so important to ensure you are storm ready.

Make sure your pets are safe, gutters are clear and loose objects secure before storms hit. Remember if it's flooded, forget it. For current traffic, travel, and flood information, phone 131 940 or visit QLD Traffic: https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/.

If your property sustains damage and you need assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.

If there is localised flooding or tree damage on public land, that can be reported to Council on 3403 8888.
Beware of Online Scammers
With Christmas just around the corner the Office of Fair Trading is warning online shoppers to not get caught out when shopping online for Christmas gifts.

Queenslanders are encouraged to check the business reviews and make sure their website is secure before making any payment or providing any personal information.

Secure websites feature a closed padlock in the address bar or the address starts with ‘https://’ not ‘http://’.
 
And consumers should always check that they have legitimate contact details before making a payment or providing any personal information.

The Office of Fair Trading’s top tips for online shopping:
  • Always check you are dealing with a reputable seller.
  • You have the same rights as you would if you bought from a walk-in store.
  • Check with traders what their cut-off dates are to guarantee pre-Christmas delivery.
  • If products are faulty or do not match their description, the trader must fix the issue. They cannot refer you to the manufacturer or importer.
For more information about online shopping, visit the Fair Trading website or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Community Legal Centres Queensland Closure
Community Legal Centres Queensland will close its doors to the public between 21 December 2020 and 11 January 2021. Emails will not be monitored between 24 December 2020 and 6 January 2021.

If you have an urgent inquiry, please email admin@communitylegalqld.org.au.  Alternatively, if you are looking for legal advice or want to check individual community legal centre websites for closure dates, please use the online directory at https://bit.ly/37tz060.
Buy Local This Holiday Season
If you are still looking for last minute Christmas presents, remember to shop at some of the great local businesses in Sandgate.

There are various small businesses locally which offer a range of great gift ideas so head down and support them during this holiday season.
Artrageous Summer Art Fun and 2021 Life Drawing Classes
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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