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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

5 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 25,269 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,233,236 since March. Queensland currently has 6 active cases, 1,159 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,172 as of midday Friday 30 October.

Border Update

Acting on the advice of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Queensland will remain closed to Victoria and Greater Sydney.
Residents of New South Wales, except for Greater Sydney, will be allowed to enter Queensland from 1am on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
People who have been in a hotspot in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland.

Election 2020

Don’t forget to have your say and cast your vote before 6pm 31 October 2020. You can find your nearest polling booth here:

Funding for Outside School Hours Care

I am proud of the commitments that I have made to our local schools across the Sandgate Electorate. And I am so happy to announce $600,000 for outside school hours care at three of our local schools including:

  • $200,000 for Sandgate State School;
  • $200,000 for Shorncliffe State School; and
  • $200,000 for Bracken Ridge State School.
    This is great news for local families and students! Recently the demand for after-school care has grown. This funding will help make after-school care a fun and rich learning environment. This is great for kids and takes stress off parents' shoulders.
    Only a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will invest in our local schools. Now is the time to support local students, teachers and families!

Labor to deliver new boats for marine rescue volunteers

As a proud patron of VMR Brisbane Inc I am so pleased to announce that Queensland’s dedicated marine rescue workers will be supported with a $35.38 million investment for replacement vessels and the establishment of an integrated marine rescue service under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Our Marine Rescue organisations and volunteers give tremendous service to their communities, helping to keep Queensland’s waters safe. We owe a debt of thanks to the people who give their time and effort to plan for and respond to rescue situations. We live in a state where so many of our communities can enjoy our beautiful coastline as a part of daily life.
Our Marine Rescue personnel selflessly give their time to keep Queenslanders safe on the water, often holding their own fund-raising sausage sizzles and raffles to buy equipment.
As boating gets more popular, we also see the number of rescue situations increasing every year. So, to help them continue this invaluable work, Labor is committing $35.38 million to help them replace their boats and to enhance Queensland’s Marine Rescue services.
In addition to the funding injection, a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will establish a Marine Rescue Queensland Implementation Working Group to progress the transition to an integrated state-wide Marine Rescue Volunteer service. 
Only a Labor Government will invest the money to keep Queenslanders safe at sea.

$10 million funding boost to support Queensland veterans

Queensland’s veterans and services organisations will get more employment assistance, infrastructure funding, legal help, homelessness support and other services with a $10 million package under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
This Government places the highest value on the contribution of the men and women of Australia’s military and Queensland has always had a debt of gratitude to those who’ve served.
And now as we continue to implement Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, we don’t want to leave anyone behind, including our veterans.
The additional veterans funding will include:

  • Up to $4 million in capital works grants and to fund commemorative events and memorials for ex-services organisations, councils and other groups helping veterans;
  • $1.8 million for a specialist service to support homeless veterans;
  • $1.1 million training package to help veterans into civilian employment;
  • $1 million for the Anzac Day Trust Fund to financially support veterans affected by COVID-19;
  • $1 million for the Oasis wellbeing centre in Townsville;
  • $600,000 for legal assistance; and
  • $500,000 for health and wellbeing research.

With so many of our veterans are doing it tough, we have a responsibility to give them the opportunities every Queenslander should enjoy.
They gave Australia their best, and they deserve our best support, whether it is health, employment or a safe place to live. It is also important that we remember the special place our veterans hold in our past, present and future.
Supporting the veterans who served us is a shared responsibility across governments and the wider community and this Government is honoured to continue playing that part.

FairPlay vouchers give free kick to recovering Queenslanders

Over 50,000 kids will get a $150 head start from a new $7.5 million investment in FairPlay vouchers under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government. These vouchers to cover sign on costs is another helping hand for Queensland families.
Thanks to Queensland’s strong health response, we are able to safely get kids back out on the field, playing sport with their friends. It also has meant sporting clubs and organisations are able to reopen their doors and get their staff back into work, creating jobs and re-energising local communities and local economies.
Economies everywhere have been hit hard by the pandemic, which also impacts household budgets, so we’re doing what we can to support families. The $150 FairPlay Vouchers will help pressured families cover the cost of kids’ sport.
Many families rely on FairPlay vouchers, and it’s important that everyone has a chance to play. The vouchers also support clubs to stay open for training to put teams on the field, which means employing locals to help manage club operations.
This new funding is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $51.3 million COVID Safe Restart Plan. The COVID Safe Restart Plan also included $2,000 grants for 3,800 community clubs, infrastructure support of up to $20,000 for over 1,750 organisations, and a $10.8 million package to support State-level organisations.
For more information on the Restart Plan visit 

Hundreds more firefighters for Queensland’s frontline

An extra 357 firefighters over the next five years will further strengthen Queensland’s frontline emergency response under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
This $86 million investment to significantly increase firefighter numbers would keep Queensland communities safe during disasters and emergencies. This Government has kept Queenslanders safe during the global coronavirus pandemic and now we’re continuing to invest in frontline services to continue to keep Queenslanders safe.
This extra support will give Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services the personnel and resources they need to respond where and when they’re called to action. Whether it’s fires, floods, cyclones, road crashes, chemical spills or swift water rescues, our firefighters put themselves in harms way for the good of Queensland.
Which is why we’re supporting these brave frontline firefighters with more staff and the resources to match. Earlier this year the Government delivered the Large Aerial Tanker to provide better bushfire fighting resources like we said we would, and this is next step in making QFES even stronger.
The 357 new firefighters will be in addition to the 100 firefighters and 12 communication officers brought into the service in the last three years. Most of these new positions will go to existing stations, which means more roster flexibility and more firefighters available to cover shifts when their colleagues are on deployment, training or leave. These additional resources will make sure QFES is best placed to continue to meet these benchmarks and keep the community safe.

Cheaper Water for Queensland’s Farmers

Irrigation water costs for thousands of Queensland farmers will be cut by up to 50 per cent to grow jobs under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $50 million to slash irrigation water bills across the state.
Agriculture is one of Queensland’s traditional economic strengths, and our farm businesses will help underpin our economic recovery. Reducing irrigation water costs means more crops, more jobs and more value.
A re-elected Labor Government will ensure lower water charges - in a way that has been costed, funded, and will be delivered. And our commitment is guaranteed and watertight, unlike the LNP who have only promised an accounting trick, not any actual savings.
Labor’s commitment will deliver:

  • a 15 per cent cut in irrigation water charges for the 6,400 farmers who buy water from Queensland’s 35 state-owned irrigation schemes. This includes broad-scale crops like sugarcane.
  • a 50 per cent cut – half-price water - for fruit and vegetable growers, recognising the number of harvesting and picking jobs this could create.

The Premier has also announced these price drops will commence from 1 July next year – following on the heels of the Palaszczuk Government’s existing water price relief measures.
The Queensland Government has already frozen water prices for this year and absorbed dam safety costs as part of our ongoing measures to provide COVID relief for Queensland business and industry.
Investing $27 million into Queensland irrigation schemes over three years, will deliver a 15 per cent reduction in water bills for all irrigators. And another $23 million will deliver half-price water for fruit and veg growers, helping to stimulate jobs in this labour-intensive sector.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has committed $1.2 Billion to water infrastructure since 2017, to provide water security and growth opportunities for our farmers. We have also guaranteed that water assets will remain in the people of Queensland’s hands.
This commitment will mean agriculture remains an economic strength of the Queensland economy.

What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate

Event Date Time Location
Sandgate & District Historical Society & Museum AGM Sunday 25 October 2pm 150 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
Queensland State Election Saturday 31 October All Day Various
Halloween dress up party Saturday 31 October 6:30pm- 11:30pm Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
Sandgate Art Society Foreshore Pop Up Sunday 1 November 8am-2pm Flinders Parade, Sandgate (Opposite First Avenue)
Dried Vase Workshop Sunday, 1 November 11am-1pm EclecTea, 2 Queens Parade, Brighton
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 3 November All day  
Unplugged Cafe Friday 6 November 7pm 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
Art and Music by the Ocean – Celebrating 30 years of Brisbane Pride Saturday 7 November 11am-3pm Decker Park, 18 Twenty Fifth Ave, Brighton
Artrageous Mosaic Club Exhibition Saturday 7 November 2pm 84-88 Loftus Street, Deagon
Whiskey Tasting Night Saturday 7 November 7pm-9pm EclecTea, 2 Queens Parade, Brighton
Laurie’s Guided Beach Walk Tuesday 10 November 9:30am Flinders Parade, Sandgate
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 

Please see below the Brighton Wellness Hub schedule for the week beginning 2 November:

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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