28 May 2020 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

  • QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:
    • Despite media suggestions, there is no evidence the deceased Blackwater man was infected by a FIFO worker. investigations are still underway to determine the source. It was also noted for the record that the reports the man was a Jellinbah Resources employee or contractor are incorrect.
    • Qld Health has established a clinic at the rodeo showgrounds in Blackwater, see QRC site for details.
    • Qld Health reiterated the importance of companies continuing to reinforce the need for hygiene measures, social distancing and testing if feeling unwell. It was also confirmed that mine site health officers can now test workers on site for COVID-19.
    • QRC will post an updated list of testing centres to the COVID site once this list has been confirmed.
    • QRC met with CHO yesterday who indicated it is likely that it will be another 12 months before we have effective control of COVID and a vaccine.
    • DNRME advised a total of 700 exemption notices have been issued. If company employees who moved to Qld prior to the border restrictions wish to travel interstate for family reasons, they should seek an exemption so that they can return to Qld.
    • Potential exemptions will be available for temporary environmental authorisations for companies.
    • Issue re ship crew changeovers continues. A protocol is presently being considered which would require crew members arriving in Brisbane for changeovers to quarantine in Brisbane for 14 days before they travel into the regions. QRC working with MSQ on quarantine measures.
    • CHO has confirmed there has been no decision as yet around removal of social distancing requirements on commercial flights and will update when there has been.
    • QRC arranging a discussion with the Brisbane Airport Corporation regarding safety measures to be taken when commercial flights start up again. Some companies have met collectively with BAC around this but would prefer to progress through QRC.
    • Mayors Kerry Hayes and Greg Williamson were thanked for their recent assistance and support of the industry with issues in their regions.
    • There is a big push from regional mayors to ease travel restrictions due to economic concerns.
    • Jenny Hill, Townsville mayor raised possibility of change in FIFO policy and legislation – QRC to discuss further offline about this.
    • Qantas informed members about their Fly Well Program and plans to remove social distancing on flights from mid-June. Further information is now available here