QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:

  • With the removal of Sydney restrictions, an increase in air traffic is anticipated.
  • The only significant restriction still in place is WA (2-week quarantine period for anyone travelling there from Qld).
  • In relation to work camps, the QRC has stated its opposition to their use as quarantine centres to the Premier.
    • The QRC has also supported members who have written to the Premier opposing the use of the HomeGround facility in Calliope.
    • The proposal to use a quarantine facility in Toowoomba is still being considered. The mayor of Toowoomba has asked that, in the case that this camp goes ahead, that Toowoomba residents be vaccinated as a matter of priority.
  • In relation to vaccine rollouts: the QRC has been working with the MCA to support the rollout, including to regional areas.
    • Indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable.
    • Once the priority and at risk communities are vaccinated, consideration be given to vaccinating regional communities that accept high numbers of visitors, including FIFO/BIBO workforces are being given particular attention.
  • Mayors of resources regions will be engaged to address concerns.
  • Question from Victoria S. (Anglo American) regarding vaccine centres, and the use of mobile clinics. Ian M. (QRC): there will likely be a triage-approach to more vulnerable communities, and mobile clinics will be discussed over the next week.
  • Rachel (DOR): no additions from Department of Resources. The Department is considering an inquiry regarding international arrivals.
  • Kelly Vea Vea (Isaac Regional Council) mentioned that the Isaac Regional Council was writing to resource companies that operate in the region requesting support for the continuation of the health service program currently being funded by BHP.