Closure of Areas in National Parks
- a number of high visitation areas in National Parks across Queensland – picnic areas, toilet facilities, lookouts and four-wheel drive beach recreation areas – are closed in response to the COVID-19 emergency
- National Park campgrounds were closed last week
- Closures include four-wheel drive beach recreation areas like Bribie Island, Teewah Beach and Rainbow Beach, as well as Springbrook National Park and Tamborine National Park.
- Queenslanders should only be using National Parks and forests which are close to their own home and they should observe all social distancing guidelines.
- If we continue to see breaches of the Chief Health Officers’ directions we will be forced to close more park areas.
- A full list of closures is at des.qld.gov.au
Private hospital agreement
- Queensland Health will partner with private hospitals to increase the capacity of the health system during the COVID-19 emergency.
- The Australian Government will provide a viability guarantee for all private hospitals, provided
- they make their facilities fully available to state health systems during the emergency and the recovery and
- do not lay off or stand down any staff.
- On the 29th of March 2020 the Commonwealth Government announced a freeze on evictions for the next six months due to rent arrears for tenants impacted by COVID-19.
- These are just announcements so far, we still need to see the directions and details.
- In the meantime, I want everyone to not make any rash decisions about not paying their rent or not collecting the rent. Just wait
- Don’t forget is there is a dispute, the Residential Tenancies Authority is available to help tenants or owners who may need support to find a resolution that works for both parties. You can call them on 1800 497 161
- The Qld Government has refunded $170 million in payroll tax to Qld businesses in the last 10 days
- As you know, Qld homes are getting a $200 electricity rebate to help ease the pressures of dealing with the COVID-19 emergency.
- Home park residents get their electricity through networks owned by the park owners, so the question has been do these residents get the rebate, or the home park owner?
- The Answer is residents should get it. The State Govt is contacting the owners of all these small networks to discuss how their customers or residents will get the rebate.
- The exact timing of the rebate will depend on individual billing cycles for these networks
- If you are a home park resident, contact the park owner to talk about