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Schoolies is 'good to go' after COVID-19 spread contained

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Gold Coast end-of-year Schoolies celebrations are “good to go” after the recent COVID-19 threat has been contained.

It’s great news for the 53,000 Queensland teenagers who are finishing school this week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in State Parliament after declaring another zero case day for Queensland.

 

“Schoolies is good to go,” she says.

“The chief health officer has advised that he is confident that the two cases on the Gold Coast have been contained.”

Ms Palaszczuk paid tribute to the class of 2021.

“Many of them will be heading for Schoolies celebrations around this great state,” she says.

“The class of 2021 has had to learn to adapt and most impressive of all simply get on with it.”

 

Last week, the premier indicated Schoolies events on the Gold Coast were not certain to go ahead amid two new cases in the region, where the sources remained unknown.

But rampant testing numbers and no further cases quelled the concerns of health authorities.

There were almost 13,000 vaccines administered across the state in the past 24 hours with 83.21 per cent of eligible Queenslanders now having received their first dose, while 71.6 per cent are fully vaxxed.

In further good news today, from noon today, Goondiwindi will no longer be a declared restricted area.

This means visitor restrictions for vulnerable facilities in Goondiwindi will be lifted.

There will also be no restrictions for visits to vulnerable facilities elsewhere in Queensland for people who have been in Goondiwindi in the past 14 days.

As well as the super schools vax blitz this weekend, a pop-up clinic will be held at the monster trucks event at Rockhampton.

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in rural and regional Queensland will be high on the agenda for the eighth round of Regional Community Forums next Monday, November 22.

The forums are held periodically across locations in seven regional areas, hosted by local MPs and attended by Cabinet Ministers and invited community representatives.

The next round on Monday will be in:

Cairns (Far North region)
Mount Isa (North/North West region)
Airlie Beach (Mackay/Isaac/Whitsunday region)
Barcaldine (Western region)
Gladstone (Central Queensland region)
Gympie (Wide Bay/Burnett/Fraser Coast region)
Dalby (Darling Downs/South West region)

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said the final round of forums for 2021 would also be the last round for the current community representatives.

“I encourage enthusiastic Queenslanders in our regions to apply to be part of the forums, to share their passions and priorities directly with their community and with government,” he said.

 

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