Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

As we continue to manage the COVID-19 health response while also delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, I want to again thank everyone for doing your part in helping to keep yourselves, your family and your workplaces safe. By following the health advice including practising social distancing and washing your hands regularly, your individual efforts are keeping our community safe.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all our Seniors—especially those in Aged Care—who have endured periods of lockdown and restrictions around visitors from family and friends. To families, I thank you for your patience and understanding of the decisions made to ensure that our most vulnerable in Aged Care are protected. While our aged care facilities can now safely welcome visitors again, I will continue to be guided by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young as we battle the global pandemic.

It certainly was a uniquely different week of celebration during Seniors Week last month. I was pleased to hear of some of the activities and events held. If you wish to promote any upcoming local events or activities, please feel welcome to contact my office and we will be sure to put the word out locally.

I was proud to announce during Parliament last month a tradies jobs bonanza with a $220 million refurbishment and maintenance works package across Queensland state schools. That includes more than $1.2 million of works across 10 schools in the Inala Electorate. This funding is fantastic news not only for these local school communities but also for local tradies who can tender for these projects. These projects are going to make a huge difference to our schools, providing much-needed refurbishments to create modern learning spaces for our students.

Another part of our commitment to help Unite and Recover for Queensland was through a Community Stimulus Package in which $695,000 has been allocated to support the Richlands SES Garage Extension. This State funded and Council identified project will deliver a framed garage fixed to an existing garage building doubling its size, hardstand areas, with lighting and electrical works and security upgrades. The garage extension will allow SES vehicles, a flood boat, and response equipment to be housed securely, locally. This project provides necessary accommodation and storage resources for the two merged SES groups to improve their readiness, response time and response capability to support our community during times of need.

Queensland’s borders remain closed to Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. Eligible persons entering Queensland must complete a border declaration stating that they have not travelled to a declared hotspot in the previous 14 days. To access the declaration go to www.qld.gov.au/border-pass. As always, if you have questions or need assistance regarding any State Government matter, please contact me at the Inala Electorate Office on 3737 2100.

As always, if you have questions or need assistance regarding any State Government matter, please contact me at the Inala Electorate Office on 3737 2100. To see my latest ad in The Lake News, click here.