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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Overview

7 new cases were reported from Saturday to Friday (all in hotel quarantine), with more than 26,494 tests conducted and a cumulative test count of 1,345,299 since March. Queensland currently has 13 active cases, 1,178 recovered and a total cumulative case count of 1,198 as of midday Friday 27 November.

Easing of Border Restrictions and Border Pass Update

From 1am 1 December, Queensland will reopen it’s borders to both Greater Sydney and Victoria.

Greater Sydney and Victoria will no longer be declared hotspots from December 1, while Queensland remains closed to Greater Adelaide with any travellers required to do 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.

This means Queenslanders will be able to travel to Victoria and New South Wales and people from both these states to enter Queensland. Travellers entering Queensland will only need a border pass if they’ve been in a hotspot or overseas in the previous 14 days.

Queensland Police will conduct random road intercepts, but there will be no border checkpoints and drivers will no longer be required to display their pass when entering the state.

A decision on border restrictions for South Australia will be made at the end of this month.

Gastro Outbreak

Gastro is a highly infectious condition which has been going around in areas of Brisbane. It’s important to keep washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds to reduce your risk.

When it comes to gastro, it's very important to keep unwell children at home. To stop gastro germs spreading further, children should not return to childcare or school until at least 24-48 hours after symptoms have ceased.

Cross River Rail Update

Queensland businesses are helping prepare Cross River Rail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) to start tunnelling under Woolloongabba early next year.

More than 100 local companies are involved in preparing the 1350-tonne, 165-metre long TBMs that will excavate the bulk of Cross River Rail’s 5.9km twin tunnels.

Cross River Rail is injecting more than $4 million a day into the local economy and has already supported more than 2,400 workers so far.

The first TBM has been assembled and is going through its final checks this week, and the same process will be completed with the second machine next month.

The TBMs will tunnel under the Brisbane River to Albert Street station in mid-2021, before continuing on to the new Roma Street station and emerging at the project’s northern portal at Normanby.

The Ceremonial Opening of Queensland Parliament

This week on Tuesday 24 November, the ceremonial opening of Queensland Parliament began.

A ceremonial blessing at Parliament House marked the first time in Queensland’s history three First Nations people have been sworn in as Members of the State’s Parliament.

These members are Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for the Digital Economy, Minister for the Arts and Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch, Member for Cook Cynthia Lui and Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum.

Myself and the rest of the elected Members of Parliament were sworn in as members of the Legislative Assembly. During this, Curtis Pitt MP was elected as Speaker of the House.

On Wednesday, the ceremonial opening continued with the Governor giving his speech which outlined the goals of the Queensland Parliament.

Parliament will sit again next week where the Budget will be handed down.

Telstra Network Disruption in Deagon and Brighton

Telstra is upgrading its network around Deagon and Brighton with work now underway. Mobile service may be impacted at various times during this period.

As this upgrade work needs to be carried out during daylight hours for health and safety reasons, the Telstra technicians will need to switch off some sectors which support mobile services in the area and power to the exchange. This may result in some disruption to mobile services in the area.

Upgrade work and testing, if all goes according to plan, will be completed by 17 December in Brighton and 18 December in Deagon. Site Outages will be kept to a minimum during that period, and the improved services are anticipated to be up and running as soon as possible.

If you continue to experience issues after the outage period, please report faults to 132200 Telstra Faults.

Central Station Lift Replacements
Linkfield Road interchange upgrade - Geotechnical investigations
Road Safety Reminder
I urge drivers to take care on the roads as the summer holiday season approaches after four people passed away in three crashes on the Gold Coast last weekend.

Every time you get behind the wheel, make sure you’re not tired, that you stick to the speed limit, haven’t been drinking or taking drugs, wear your seatbelt and put your phone away.

It only takes a second, one moment of distraction or lapse in concentration, to cause an accident so I urge all drivers – especially these school holidays – to take care when driving.

Queenslanders are encouraged to head to the Street Smarts website to find out tips about how they can drive safely:
Are You Prepared for This Severe Weather Season?
This year’s severe weather season will be wetter than usual, according to Bureau of Meteorology experts.

La Niña events typically bring more heavy storms and tropical cyclones to Queensland's north, and this year we can also expect warmer temperatures overnight and longer heatwaves in the south east.

Make sure you’re prepared for severe weather:
E-News Publication Schedule and Office Update
The weekly editions of my E-News will be changed to fortnightly publications following the budget edition on 4 December.

The next edition after that will be 18 December which will be the last one before my office closes for the Christmas period. This closure will commence 23 December and reopen 13 January 2021.

Due to this, my next E-News will be published on 15 January 2021. Thanks to the hard work of Queenslanders, the community E-News will return to a monthly edition following nine months of weekly COVID-19 updates. My team and I will send out COVID-19 updates via Facebook and if necessary, in a special edition.

If you or your organisation have any questions regarding restrictions or COVID-19, please contact my office at 3639 9100 or by emailing

During the Christmas period when my office is shut, please contact the COVID helpline on 134 268.
Ministerial Office Update
I would like to thank the many people who have recently subscribed to this E-News. Please note however, this is a community E-News for the 4017 and 4018 communities in Brisbane’s Northside.

For those outside the Sandgate Electorate who are wanting updates from me in my ministerial capacity, please visit my Facebook page at

Alternatively, you can contact me at or at 3719 7560
What’s on in the Sandgate Electorate
Event Date Time Location
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 Schedule

Regis Sandgate Update

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

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Federal Government Support

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Lifeline Support
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