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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

0 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday, with more than 28,358 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,150,364 since March. Queensland currently has 4 active cases, 1,152 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,160 as of midday Friday 9 October.

If you have friends and/or family in Mackay please encourage them to go and have a COVID-19 test. Consistent testing of sewage from Mackay shows the virus is active in the community. 

There is also good news from Victoria as the State records 11 new COVID-19 cases. They also recorded no COVID-19 deaths for the second consecutive day, this is the first time this has been achieved since July this year.

Roadmap – Easing of Restrictions 

This week the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk announced up to 40 students at a time will be allowed to dance at their formals from 1 November. Please see the updated roadmap below:

A message from the Premier 

On Tuesday night, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered a message to the people of Queensland. If you haven’t seen it you can watch it here: 

Great Schools, Great Future

Our kids are our future and they deserve to learn in world-class facilities. And that’s exactly what we’re providing them. I’m proud to announce today a re-elected, the Palaszczuk Government will invest more than $1 billion in new education infrastructure across Queensland state schools.
Enrolment numbers are rising, so we’re meeting that demand head-on with new facilities over the next four years.  It’s not only an investment in quality classrooms and facilities but it’s an investment in our future leaders.
Our ‘Great Schools, Great Future’ plan would support more than 3,100 construction jobs which will strengthen our economic recovery plan across the state.
Here’s what our plan would deliver:


  • $433m for new classrooms and admin buildings
  • $258m for multi-purpose halls and performing arts centres
  • $180m for projects at Catholic & Independent schools
  • $110m for infrastructure upgrades and renewal
  • $50m for shovel-ready projects like playgrounds  
  • $20m for planning of new schools

$100 million to equip TAFE for our future

A re-elected majority Palaszczuk Government will equip our TAFE facilities with new modern facilities to skill Queenslanders for the future.
$100 million will be invested to undertake major expansions of our TAFE facilities right across Queensland. The Equipping TAFE for Our Future plan provides for new, modern facilities to skill Queenslanders in both existing industries and our industries of the future, including: 

  • Cyber security training;
  • Robotics;
  • Hydron and resources;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Agriculture; and
  • Nursing and Allied Health.

This is a major building project which will create local construction jobs across Queensland and provide new, modern training facilities. Our COVID health response has kept Queenslanders safe, and allowed us to start delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
Investing in TAFE infrastructure to help boost skills is crucial to our State’s economic recovery. Unlike the opposition, who attempted to destroy our TAFE system, the Palaszczuk Government has rebuilt TAFE to provide world class training to Queenslanders.
This $100 million investment over the next three years will support local construction and support more local jobs, including jobs for our apprentices. Our major $100 million plan to upgrade TAFE facilities will ensure we have the skilled workforce for more jobs in more industries as we continue to deliver Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.
This is building on the more than $151 million we’ve invested and committed to improve TAFE facilities since 2017 and our $39 million Rescuing TAFE Package in 2016.

Renewable Energy Investment 

Early works will begin before the end of the year on a $380 million wind farm in Far North Queensland creating 150 jobs thanks to a sales deal with the publicly-owned CleanCo.

Neoen Energy will build the Kaban Green Power Hub near Ravenshow, 80 kilometres south-west of Cairns now that CleanCo had agreed to buy 110MW of the wind farm’s output.

Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan relies on an affordable, reliable energy supply. That plan includes supporting emerging industries like renewable energy because that supports jobs and protects our environment.

This project is proceeding because the power purchase with CleanCo has given Neoen certainty.

The new wind farm will support 150 construction jobs as well as provide a much-needed revenue stream for our farmers.

Queensland’s Protected Area Strategy

Last Saturday the Palaszczuk Government unveiled Queensland’s Protected Area Strategy 2020-2030.
This announcement delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017 commitment to release and implant a Queensland Protected Area Strategy, including a continued Nature Refuge Program and expand NatureAssist toolkit to support landowners.
The Palaszczuk Government has allocated $60 million over four years to support early implementation of the Strategy.
This is comprised of:

  • $28 million for expanding the public protected area estate
  • $8 million to continue the Nature Refuge Program and deliver an expanded NatureAssist toolkit to support landowners
  • $24 million to doubling the number of Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers who do important work looking after Country.
Delivering a world-class protected area system for Queensland will ensure the full suite of environmental, economic, social and health values provided by protected areas are recognised and maintained.

Queensland’s protected areas form the foundation of the State’s ecotourism industry. In addition to tourism, protected areas also support and generate jobs across multiple other sectors, including outdoor recreation, research, education and conservation.

Record Resources for Frontline Police

A re-elected majority Palaszczuk Government will invest $77 million over the next five years for extra police resources to support our frontline police across right across Queensland.
This means more body worn video cameras, more police patrol vehicles, introducing integrated load-bearing ballistic vests and more QLiTE iPads – are fully funded by the Palaszczuk Government.
This fully funded record roll-out of new police resources includes:

  • 5,000 additional QLiTE iPads for frontline police officers (takes the total fleet size to 12,000);
  • 250 additional police patrol vehicles (takes the total fleet size to almost 3,000);
  • 4,500 additional body worn video cameras to bring the total fleet to 12,000 – one of the largest in the world; and
  • in a first for police, 12,000 new integrated load bearing ballistic vests to protect police while they protect the community.

This is a record $77 million investment in the 12,000+ Queensland police who work hard, day and night to keep communities safe in every corner of the State.
These vital tools of trade are needed and will only be delivered under the Palaszczuk Government which has a trusted record on delivering more police, delivering more police resources and lowering crime rates.

Boeing’s first Australian built unmanned aircraft built in QLD 

The sky is the limit, with Queensland set to be the final production point for the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia for 50 years.

The Loyal Wingman, unveiled with the Royal Australian Air Force in May this year,is a prototype unmanned defence aircraft for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System - the first military aircraft developed by The Boeing Company outside the United States.

Queensland is already home to Boeing’s largest workforce outside the US: the company has 1,700 staff in Queensland and supports 400 Queensland-based suppliers.

Loyal Wingman will mean even more highly skilled advanced manufacturing jobs, cementing Queensland’s position as a centre for defence industries and lifting our state’s economy.

Mental Health Week 

Queensland Mental Health Week will commence this Saturday on World Mental Health Day. Hundreds of events, activities and conversations are set to take place across the State in celebration during the following week.

You can find out more about Queensland Mental Health Week and events on in our area by visiting here by clicking the button below.

Click here for more information on Queensland Mental Health Week
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.
What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate
Event Date Time Location
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 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
Queensland State Election Saturday 31 October All Day Various
Sandgate Art Society Foreshore Pop Sunday 1 November 8am-2pm Flinders Parade, Sandgate (Opposite First Avenue)

Brisbane Colours 

Story Bridge

Friday – White, Blue and Yellow to support the Eve of Light the Night.

Saturday – Purple and Green to support World Mental Health Day.

Sunday – Orange to support Walk for Awareness.

Monday - Red and Yellow to support Surf Life Saving Week.

Tuesday – Maroon to support 150th anniversary of Anglicare Southern Queensland.

Wednesday – Green to support Headspace Day.

Thursday – Pink and Blue to support Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Victoria Bridge

Friday – White, Blue and Yellow to support the Eve of Light the Night.

Saturday – Purple and Green to support World Mental Health Day.

Sunday – Orange to support Walk for Awareness.

Monday – Red and Yellow to support Surf Life Saving Week.

Tuesday – Maroon to support 150th anniversary of Anglicare Southern Queensland.

Wednesday – Green to support Headspace Day.

Thursday – Pink and Blue to support Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Brisbane City Hall

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Warm White.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Red and Yellow to support Surf Life Saving Week.

Thursday – Pink and Blue to support Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.


Brighton Wellness Hub 

Please see below the Brighton Wellness Hub schedule for the week beginning 12 October:

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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