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COVID-19 Update
16 new cases were reported in the last seven days (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 110,818 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,666,091 since March. Queensland currently has 30 active cases, 1,247 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,290 as of midday Friday 15 January.

Current Restrictions
 

People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:

Face Masks
 
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare
  • airports and travelling on planes.
It is recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.
Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.

Home Confinement and movement
 
You can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.
 
Gatherings
  • Gatherings: Up to 20 people in homes and public spaces. This number includes those who live with you.
  • Weddings: Up to 100 attendees. No restriction on dancing.
  • Funerals: Up to 100 attendees.
Businesses and venues

This includes places of worship, conventions centres, etc. There are no restrictions on businesses opening under a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed.
  • All businesses may now have:
    • one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors
    • one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.
  • Dancing is not allowed except at weddings
  • Funerals and weddings can have up to 100 attendees
  • The seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres is 50 per cent with a COVID Safe plan
  • The seated capacity of indoor concert venues and theatres is 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is greater, with a COVID Safe plan.
Events

Indoor events/sessions within events:
  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 500 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50 per cent seated capacity or one person per 4 square meters (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.
Outdoor events/sessions within events:
  • Fewer than 1000 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • 1000 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local public health unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan.
Visitors to aged care, disability accommodation services and hospital
 
Restrictions remain in place for visitors to:
  • Aged care residential facilities
  • Disability accommodation services
  • Hospitals

Energy rebates could put cash back in vulnerable Queenslanders’ pockets 

Vulnerable Queenslanders are being urged to check their eligibility to receive the Palaszczuk Government’s electricity and gas rebates worth up to $416 per year.
 
The Palaszczuk Government is investing $212.8 million in 2020-21 as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan to help vulnerable Queenslanders with the cost of living.
 
This past year has been tough for all Queenslanders, so I’m urging all concession card holders including pensioners, seniors and veterans in our community to contact their electricity retailer and see if they are eligible.
 
The Government estimates that there are thousands of eligible households who are not taking advantage of the assistance and we don’t want these Queenslanders to miss out.
 
Just call your electricity retailer and have your concession card details on hand, and if you’re eligible, you’ll be able to start accessing the rebate as a credit on your account.
 
Concession card status is private information which electricity providers aren’t automatically aware of, so people need to reach out and put their hand up to receive this rebate.
 
This rebate currently helps 625,000 Queenslanders but there are more people in our community who could be benefiting.

Pumping to join a fitness centre in 2021 – weigh in on your consumer rights
 

Whether you’re looking to join a gym, aquatic centre, martial arts club or a yoga studio, its important you know your consumer rights.
 
With new year’s resolutions underway, Queenslanders should seek useful help before signing up to a gym or sports club, so they don’t get caught out with costly fees and contracts.
 
Consumers need to be aware of their obligations as well as those of the fitness provider. This includes how they can end the agreement, and any associated cancellation fees.
 
The agreement must detail applicable fees, like ongoing membership costs, one-off administrative charges, and a fitness provider cannot offer you a pre-paid agreement that has an expiry date of greater than 12 months from the date of purchase.
 
All membership agreements must come with a 48-hour cooling off period to provide you with peace of mind if you have second thoughts about weighing in.
 
The fitness provider must also give you a copy of the National Fitness Industry Code of Practice (the Code), for you to read if you want to. The Code sets out mandatory standards across the fitness industry that businesses supplying fitness services must adhere to.
 
With a bit of careful consideration about what you want out of your membership, and by doing your research to understand your rights and responsibilities, you’ll be in a far better position so things ‘workout’ for you.  
 
For more information on joining a fitness centre, or to make a complaint visit www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading.

 Cross River Rail’s first mega machine to “disappear” under Brisbane
 

The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver its plan for economic recovery with the first huge Cross River Rail Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) about to head underground.
 
Part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $50 billion infrastructure pipeline over the next four years, the TBM will lay the foundations for a new rail line and more construction jobs, and only re-emerge later this year after it has finished tunnelling under the Brisbane River and CBD.
 
TBM Else – named after trailblazing female engineer Else Shepherd AM – said she would now be moved into position underground in the Woolloongabba site’s station cavern to commence tunnelling later this month.
 
TBM Merle – named after Merle Thornton, a feminist activist best known for her iconic protest at the Regatta Hotel in 1965 – will follow shortly after TBM Else to ensure the project’s twin tunnels are completed before the year is out.
 
More than 100 local companies and 40 workers have played a role in bringing these TBMs to life, part of the 2,400 people so far who have worked on Cross River Rail.
 
The Palaszczuk Government is creating thousands of jobs in industries like construction as part of Cross River Rail, and another 23,600 jobs right across Queensland as part of our record $26.9 billion roads and transport program.
 
The TBMs have one of the most crucial jobs of the entire project – excavating the bulk of Cross River Rail’s 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels right under the Brisbane River and CBD.
 
From Woolloongabba, the TBMs will tunnel under the river and break through to Albert Street station at a depth of 31 metres in mid-2021 and continue to Roma Street before emerging at the project’s northern portal at Normanby.
 
Tunnel Boring Machine fast facts:

  • Each TBM weighs 1350 tonnes and is 165 metres long;
  • More than 40 truck movements are required to transport each TBM to site in parts;
  • A crew of up to 15 people will work in a TBM at any one time;
  • TBMs will work at a rate of 20 to 30 metres per day;
  • The TBMs will install 25,000 concrete segments weighing 4.2 tonnes each along the tunnel walls as they go;
  • At their deepest point the tunnels will be 58m below the surface at Kangaroo Point, and 42m below the Brisbane River;
  • Each TBM is fully equipped with crew facilities, offices and toilets;
  • The TBMs will generate 290,000 cubic metres of spoil as they make way for the twin Cross River Rail tunnels.

$200,000 for cultural tourism
 

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events, and jobs for the Year of Indigenous Tourism.
 
The funding is from The Year of Indigenous Tourism Festivals and Events Fund and will help to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to help tourism rebuild stronger.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to develop existing and new Indigenous tourism experiences and encourage even more visitors to make Queensland their destination of choice.

Nominate a Queensland Great – before it’s too late!
Queenslanders are encouraged to recognise outstanding Queenslanders who have educated, captivated and enriched the State with nominations for the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards closing on 29 January.
 
Our Queensland Greats have shaped our State, exemplifying the resilient Queensland spirit and carving out impressive and lasting legacies.
 
Since 2001, we have awarded a diverse cohort of Queenslanders, who have served their respective communities and industries while demonstrating perseverance, innovation and excellence.
 
It is now up to the Queensland public to recognise the people and institutions who have had a positive impact on the State and to submit nominations for the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards.
 
This year is the first opportunity for the Queensland Greats Awards to recognise those people who have supported communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Thousands of Queenslanders have made an extraordinary contribution to our State during our battle with the coronavirus, including scientists, health workers, volunteers in our Care Army and manufacturers.
 
Queensland continues to stand firm, stay safe and grow its economy in the face of the pandemic because so many community members have gone above and beyond their regular work and duties in order to make a difference.
 
The Queensland Greats Awards has recognised 102 individuals, 16 institutions, six posthumous recipients and one honorary recipient.
 
Last year’s recipients included child safety champions Bruce Morcombe OAM and Denise Morcombe OAM, doctor and autism advocate Associate Professor James Morton AM, and domestic and family violence prevention advocate Betty Taylor.
 
Nominations for the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards close at 5pm, Friday 29 January 2021.
 
Recipients will be announced to coincide with Queensland Day on 6 June 2021 and honoured with commemorative plaques displayed at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.
 
To find out more about the Queensland Greats Awards and to submit a nomination for the 2021 Awards visit:  www.qld.gov.au/qldgreats
 
QCF 2021 Grant Applications Now Open
 
The Queensland Community Foundation 2021 grant applications are now open. This year the foundation is inviting charities working to support those affected by COVID-19, within the area of domestic violence and mental health to apply for the ‘General Fund Capacity Building Grants’.
 
These grants are designed to develop charities’ systems, strategies or people and skills to deliver improved outcomes for the community.
 
Applications are only open to charitable organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR1) status from the Australian Taxation Office and are mid-tier organisations (annual revenue less than $10m).
 
For more information, please visit: https://qcf.org.au/grants/general-fund-grant-making/
January Track Closures
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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