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Federal Government To Cover Cost Of Childcare

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All parents with children currently in child care will be eligible for free care, including students and the unemployed if your child/children were enrolled with a provider prior to March 2nd 2020.

The Federal Government bailout will cost an estimated $1.6 billion to assist the struggling industry and provide some relief to families, many of whom have taken their kids out of care.

Under the plan, the Federal Government will pay half of the operating costs of Australia’s 13,000 childcare and early learning centres.

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan said, “If parents have an existing relationship with a childcare centre, they will get free childcare. We want as many people able to work as we possibly can and we want them to be able to access childcare as they need to make sure their children are being looked after while they are working and helping us deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.”

“We want to ensure your childcare centre will remain open so that where you normally take your child to get cared for, that will be there for you so you are not looking to have to go to a new centre.”

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan.

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02/04/2020 |

Newspapers Fold or Suspend Print

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A century of tradition fades as newspapers across the country halt printing or close their doors altogether due to a steep and sudden Coronavirus related downturn.

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As we sit at home and consume more local news than ever, some newsrooms are being forced to close as advertising revenue dries up.

Many papers rely heavily on the real estate industry, with their large pull-out sections as well as pubs, clubs and hotels for regular weekly revenue.

With the current real estate open home and auction restrictions and widespread hospitality business closures, that bulk revenue stream has dried up and the traditional publishing industry, which was already struggling has been pushed to the brink.

Newsrooms are empty across the nation at a time when people are relying on having the news at their fingertips.

Several regional communities have been left shocked at the closure of their only print news publication. The Sunraysia Daily, Mildura’s only daily newspaper, which should be celebrating their centenary this year has announced its’ closure, along with the Swan Hill Guardian, the Gannawarra Times and the Loddon Times in the Mallee region of Victoria.

After 122 yrs in operation, Broken Hills’ only daily newspaper ‘Barrier Daily Truth’ has had to suspend operations due to a collapse in revenue. Thirty staff at the newspaper are now out of work.

Gippslands Yarram Standard, which is 145 years old and Great Southern Star, which was celebrating its 130th year in print have both suspended operations.

Newscorp has announced that it will suspend the print of 60 publications across the country from 9th April, including our Quest Community Newspapers which includes our local Pine Rivers Press, The Caboolture Herald and The Redcliffe Herald.

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Other Newscorp publications to be suspended include those published by News Local in NSW, Leader in Victoria and Messenger in South Australia. All will continue to publish digitally during this time.

News Corp’s decision was not taken lightly. According to the company’s Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller, “The suspension of our community print editions has been forced on us by the rapid decline in advertising revenues following the restrictions placed on real estate auctions and home inspections and the forced closure of event venues and dine-in restaurants in the wake of the coronavirus emergency.”

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02/04/2020 |

Assist The Elderly and Vulnerable – North Lakes Region

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Call-out to those who need assistance and those who would like to assist in the North Lakes region.

We have a separate assistance call-out for the Redcliffe Peninsula here.

We are calling upon local charities and community organisations in particular to co-ordinate assistance to the best of their capability in whatever form that may be, including home delivery to the many in our community who are elderly, immunocompromised, living with chronic illness, locals in self-isolation who still need to access to essentials to get by.

Unfortunately, many of these people are not on social media but still, a large enough number are that here we can reach out.

We are all very touched by images of our aged locals and pensioners doing their best to access essential groceries, personal care and medication they need just to get by, but we need to activate as a community to protect the vulnerable from this illness.

Woolworths are providing exclusive access to grocery aisles between the hours of 7am and 8am for those with a government-issued seniors, pensioner or disability card.

Many vulnerable locals are self-reliant and proudly so, however, a once in a century pandemic changes everything and we now call upon local charities, community organisations to raise their hand.

The situation we face is a short term one. Herd immunity and immunisation will eventually render this disease to the history books. In the meantime, the immediate challenge is to minimise the number infectious and vulnerable persons circulating in the community.

If you are a charity or organisation willing to assist those in need at this time, please comment below with your page. Individuals willing to help and vulnerable persons may also wish to comment to illicit direct replies.

Today’s Coronavirus (COVID19) statement from Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Channel Seven News – Tuesday 17th March 2020

ABC News – Thursday 19th March 2020

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17/03/2020 |

2020 Council Elections – Early Voting Centres (Moreton Bay Region)

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2020 Local government elections – Early voting centres (as at 17 March 2020)

Early voting centre locations may be subject to change. Check the ECQ website for updated information or phone 1300 881 665.

Electors can vote at any of the early voting centres listed within their local government area.

 

Brisbane City Hall, Sherwood Room, Adelaide St (entry via Ann Street doors), BRISBANE  QLD Australia 4000

Monday, 16/03/2020 – 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM

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Assisted Bribie Orchid House, 156A First Ave, Bongaree, QLD Australia 4507

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4/42 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture, QLD Australia 4510

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Assisted Unit 6, 657 Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay, QLD Australia 4508

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Assisted Unit 1, 709 Gympie Road, Lawnton, QLD Australia 4501

 

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Assisted 18 Johnstone Rd, Brendale, QLD Australia 4500

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Bunya Sports Club, James Drysdale Reserve, Lot 2 Jinker Track, Bunya, QLD Australia 4055

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Assisted The Shed Samford, 44 Mount Glorious Road, Samford Village,

QLD Australia 4520

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Assisted Woodford Memorial Hall, 103 Archer Street, Woodford, QLD

Australia 4514

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17/03/2020 |

University Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay Campus Official Opening

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Today the University Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay was officially opened with dignitaries from across the local political landscape in attendance.

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The University was officially opened by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, and Peter Dutton, Federal Member for Dickson and Minister for Home Affairs.

More than 400 invited guests attended this historic occasion at the entrance to the impressive, three-storey building that has 16,000 square metres of floor space, state-of-the-art technology, and already accommodates more than 1,200 students.

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Among the speakers today were Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath, Federal Member for Dickson and Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, Acting Moreton Bay Mayor Mike Charlton, USC Chancellor Sir Angus Houston AK, and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent her apologies and was not at the opening as she was attending the Hannah Clarke family funeral. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath, spoke on her behalf.

  • The USC Moreton Bay foundation building on Moreton Parade, Petrie, spans 16,000 square metres over three storeys.
  • It was designed by Hassell Studio and built by construction firm Hansen Yuncken over 18 months on Moreton Bay Regional Council land at Petrie, and was funded through a Commonwealth Government loan of $121 million.
  • The building has a huge central atrium that will be suitable for community events, and has been designed to cater for rapid growth of the student population (up to 3,600 students) over the campus’s first three years.
  • There is a 460-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art learning technology, nursing simulation labs, engineering labs, a ‘makerspace’ and library facilities.
  • USC Moreton Bay offers almost 50 undergraduate degrees including Business, Education, Health, Computer Science and Mechatronic Engineering.
  • More than 1,200 students have enrolled to study at USC Moreton Bay this semester, with the most sought-after degrees so far being Nursing Science, Animal Ecology, Psychology, Biomedical Science and Social Work.
  • The campus is tipped to grow significantly over the next decade, with an anticipated student population of 10,000 by 2030.
  • It will become the centrepiece of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s ‘The Mill at Moreton Bay’ development, which was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in 2016. This development will include commercial and residential areas, as well as large areas that will be returned to nature.

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The building was designed by Hassell Studio and built by construction firm Hansen Yuncken over 18 months on Moreton Bay Regional Council land at Petrie. It was funded through a Commonwealth Government loan of $121 million.

The USC Moreton Bay foundation building has been built on land adjacent the former Petrie Paper Mill site. It is also next to the Petrie Train Station, providing excellent access to public transport for students and staff.

09/03/2020 |

Bushfire Recovery – Wildlife Carer Grants Now Available

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In response to the drought and bushfires, the Queensland Government is helping widlife hospitals and volunteer wildlife carers by committing $250,000, in addition to $6 million already earmarked, to wildlife hospitals and groups, including more than 770 community-based volunteer wildlife carers and care groups.

“Our local wildlife carers and groups have always done a remarkable and selfless job in caring for our local wildlife when they have been injured, and I have always been in awe of their dedication,” said Chris Whiting MP.

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“Now with 67.4% of Queensland still drought declared and 2.5 million hectares impacted by the recent bushfires, they have been working harder than ever.

“With more funding available, I want our local carers in Bancroft to get the help they deserve,” said Chris Whiting.

Wildlife hospitals on the frontline of treating injured and sick wildlife, including RSPCA Wildlife Hospital, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, will share $120,000 and the remaining $130,000, will be allocated to eligible individual carers and care groups, to support the operating expenses related to the care and rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife, including medicines, veterinary supplies and food for animals in care.

Eligible individual carers who do this selfless work on behalf of all Queenslanders can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 and eligible care groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

The round opened on 29 January 2020 with grants provided on an ongoing basis until all funding is allocated. Carers who are interested in applying can register their interest via csagrants@des.qld.gov.au

19/02/2020 |

After The Fires…What Now?

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$76 Million Dollar Bushfire Recovery Package

The Morrison Government has announced a $76 million Tourism Recovery Package to support fire-affected regions and the broader Australian tourism industry and is encouraging locals and international visitors to go on a holiday to support the regions doing it tough.

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With Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying Australian tourism is facing “its biggest challenge in living memory”, it is clear that the road to recovery will not be swift, that government action is required and that it is not just the tourism sector that will suffer.

According to ‘Tourism 2020’, which is a whole of government and industry initiative to build resilience and competitiveness in Australia’s tourism, the tourism industry is one of five super growth industries driving the future prosperity of Australia.

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With foreign countries issuing warnings about travelling to Australia, there is no doubt that tourism businesses in fire affected regions will be severely impacted by cancellations and collapsing booking numbers, however the flow on effect is something yet to be seen and entire communities will be impacted over the coming months.

Amid the bushfire devastation, Tourism Australia has paused its’ multi-million dollar, overseas television campaign featuring Kylie Minogue.

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Areas devastated by bushfire. Image: emsina.org

Under the $76 million dollar package, $20 million has been allocated to a domestic marketing campaign which will swiftly get underway to get locals moving and $25 million is allocated to an international campaign to reignite the foreign visitor market.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has said, “My message to anyone thinking about a holiday, from here or overseas, is that Australia’s towns and our incredible parks and beaches are open for business and they need your help”.

19/02/2020 |

Drought & Fire Forum Held In North Lakes

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Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth held a Community Drought and Fire Forum on Wednesday 15th January at The North Lakes Library (The Corso) in response to the ongoing environmental disaster.

He invited Federal Minister David Littleproud and state Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, to speak with locals on the current situation and outline measures being taken by the Federal Government under the biggest federal response to a disaster since cyclone Tracey.

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The forum was attended by more than one hundred locals, who also had the opportunity to ask questions of the MP’s.

There was a broad audience turnout from all corners of the electorate, with representation from various groups including ADF Veterans, Mango Hill Progress Association, Bald Hills Bushies, Redcliffe Environmental Forum, North Lakes Lions and students from The Lakes College and Dakabin State High School.

Mr Howarth thanked the local community for the offers of help his office had received in response to the ongoing bushfire crisis and made particular mention of the individuals and groups he was aware of who had rallied to raise donations. In a statement, Mr Howarth said he was very happy with the turnout and the level of engagement displayed during the forum.

“When I’m out and about in the electorate, locals will often ask me about the drought and bushfire situation, they want to know what the government is doing about it and how they can help.”

“It’s clear that a lot of locals are interested in finding out more about the Morrison Government’s response to these issues, so I made it a priority to speak to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management and organise for him to visit Petrie and speak to locals.”

Many of the questions during the Q&A centred around climate change and predictably, there were a range of polarised viewpoints. Some in the audience mocked the government at their perceived denial on the issue, others questioned whether the government is doing enough to address climate change and some wanted to make their point that climate change is not man made.

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Both Mr Howarth and Mr Littleproud responded well to questions on climate change, reiterating that the Morrison Government both believes that climate change is real, is taking real action and is driving investment in clean energy technologies, via a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package, which will enable them to meet the Paris 2030 target.”

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Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington speaks with locals after the forum.

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Speaker: David Littleproud, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management.

Mr Howarth made mention of the Japan Kyoto Protocol 2020 targets, which despite many saying at the time the targets were established, back in the John Howard era, that these targets would never be met, the Kyoto targets have not only been met, but exceeded.

Minister Littleproud, also the MP for Maranoa, hails from the region and encouraged those who wish to contribute in some way to the communities impacted by drought and fire, to visit those communities and spend some money. Opposition Leader and Minister for Nanango, Deb Frecklington also encouraged locals to visit the South Burnett region, spend some money and show support for communities doing it tough.

06/02/2020 |

Severe Wet Weather From Thursday 6th February 2020

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Flood Watch for coastal catchments south of Caboolture to the NSW border and southern inland catchments.

Weather agencies have been struggling to provide an accurate forecast on which areas will be impacted and exactly when the rain will hit but the consensus now appears to have been reached.

Issued by the Bureau OF Meteorology at 12:52 pm EST on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

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Minor flooding is possible from Thursday across parts of the Flood Watch area.

South east coastal catchments: Heavy rainfall that was expected during Wednesday is now likely to commence Thursday morning and continue through to Thursday night. Some heavy falls are possible particularly in the south. Unsettled conditions will continue into the weekend with further showers and thunderstorms expected.
Southern inland catchments: Persistent widespread showers, thunderstorms and rain areas are expected over southern inland catchments during Wednesday and are likely to continue into the weekend. Locally heavy falls are possible.
Catchments in the Flood Watch area have received rainfall over the last few weeks so will respond to heavy rainfall.
Riverine flooding is possible from Thursday, particularly coastal catchments where the heaviest rainfall is expected. Several days of showers and thunderstorms over inland catchments may cause river level rises into the weekend.
Localised flooding and minor disruption to transport routes is possible throughout the Flood Watch area.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Pine and Caboolture Rivers

Upper Brisbane River

Lower Brisbane River
(Specifically the Bremer River, Warrill Creek and Brisbane Creeks)
Logan and Albert Rivers
Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks
Condamine Rivers
Macintyre River
Weir River
Moonie River
Balonne River
Wallam and Mungallala Creeks
Warrego River (QLD)
Paroo River (QLD)
(Covered by an existing flood warning)
Bulloo River (QLD)

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Mary River, Noosa River, Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks.

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