Qld Government travel vouchers: How to access your free $200!

Queenslanders will be paid to take a holiday, thanks to an exciting tourism voucher scheme by the State Government.

The Premier has confirmed a total of 15,000 vouchers worth $200 will be offered in a bid to encourage Queenslanders to explore the state’s far north and boost tourism.

“15,000 travel vouchers worth up to $200 are up for grabs for Queenslanders to discover Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The vouchers will give Queenslanders a 50% discount on eligible tourism attractions, to the value of $200.

The State Government says the joint initiative with Tourism Tropical North Queensland will ease the pressure on the struggling region, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

“Tourism has taken a hit during the pandemic, and those who depend on international visitors have been doing it particularly tough – especially up north,” the Premier said.

“So if you’ve ever wanted to visit Tropical North Queensland, now’s the time – Queensland is the place to be!”

Queenslanders will have three days to apply for a “special voucher code” to spend on tourism experiences in the Tropical North from tomorrow.

If successful, it’s hoped the scheme will be rolled out across the rest of the state.

Dr Jeannette Young

Top doctor pleads for mask-wearing at airports after new cases

The State’s top doctor is continuing to remind travellers about the importance of wearing masks in airports and on flights.

It comes after three people recently tested positive to COVID-19 after transiting through Brisbane Airport.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says there is no risk to other passengers, but it proves why following the rules is so important.

“We know most of our positive cases are overseas acquired in people travelling to Queensland on planes,” she said.

“This is why the Australian Government mandated mask wearing on planes and in airports, and we have put in place a specific public health direction in Queensland to enforce it.

“It is absolutely critical everyone follows the rules and wears a mask if they’ve got plans to travel.”

Dr Young said the three recent cases had limited exposure at the Brisbane Airport, and thankfully were all wearing masks.

“We have completed our contact tracing for all three and I want to reassure Queenslanders that there is no risk to the public – primarily thanks to mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning processes,” she said.

“The first case is the person who was on the Qatar flight and subsequently transited onto New Zealand on 17 February.

“The second case which was reported on Saturday is an air crew member who arrived in Brisbane on 2 March and tested negative to COVID-19 as part of standard testing processes.

“They were in the airport on 3 and 4 March on flights in and out of Australia, and further testing on 4 March as part of the testing protocol returned a positive result.

“The third is a case reported on 4 March who came from the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea.

“This person was transiting through Brisbane on their way home but due to the layover time, went into hotel quarantine on 25 February for the night while awaiting their flight the following day.

“They went back to the airport on 26 February and headed to their flight, which they were unable to take in the end, so they headed back to hotel quarantine. They subsequently tested positive to COVID-19 on 2 March.

“All of this was done with appropriate safety protocols in place, like mask wearing.

“The person was sent in approved taxi’s as part of the quarantine transport process to and from the airport, and both taxi drivers have been tracked down.

“While it is low risk, we are taking a precautionary approach and both drivers are in isolation and are being tested.”

Anyone not wearing a mask at the airport or on a flight is being warned they could cop a $200 on-the-spot fine.

Qld milk urgently recalled over bacteria contamination fears

A popular milk sold in Queensland has been recalled over fears it may be contaminated with a bacteria.

Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk in the 3L, 2L and 1L sizes have been pulled from fridges across the state.

Food Standards Australia says the recall is due to microbial (E.coli) contamination.

“Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed,” the recall notice reads.

The recalled milk, which has a best before date of 15/03/21, has been available for sale at independent grocers and Kenilworth Dairies Cafe in QLD.

Anyone who has purchased the product is being warned not to drink it, and to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Motoryclist killed in horror head-on crash with car in Qld

A man has been killed in a nasty crash between a motorcycle and car in Mount Cotton early this morning.

Emergency crews were called to Mount Cotton Road around 1.20am, following reports of a serious accident.

“Police will allege a car was travelling southbound along Mount Cotton Road and collided with an oncoming motorcyclist,” Qld police said in a statement.

The motorcyclist, a 55-year-old Birkdale man, was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Police confirmed he was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later.

The driver of the car, a 20-year-old Mount Cotton man, managed to escape uninjured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Premier demands PM say ‘yes or no’ on regional quarantine

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is demanding the Federal Government give an answer on a regional quarantine camp for returned travellers.

A proposal has been put forward to house returned travellers at a purpose-built camp near Toowoomba Airport.

The camp could be up and running in as little as six weeks.

But the state government is yet to receive a definitive answer, frustrating the Premier.

“Really what we need to hear from the Commonwealth is are they interested or not? It’s a very simple question,” the Premier said.

“John Wagner has provided all of the details of his proposal to the Commonwealth. We have had lengthy discussions at a departmental level.

“It’s very fundamental. They are the people that have to allow the airlines to land into Well Camp so it is a very basic 101 question.”

Ms Palaszczuk welcomed moves to increase capacity at the Howard Springs quarantine facility outside Darwin but wants a decision on Queensland’s proposal.

She says we need to minimise the risk of the virus escaping from hotel quarantine in our major cities.

“We’re at a risky period now between now and the full vaccine rollout, so it’s really important.

“What we are seeing is like we had seven people in hotel quarantine. That’s the largest number we’ve had. So it is of some concern that we are still getting these different strains popping up in our hotels.”

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison says they are yet to see the complete plan.

“I need a detailed, costed proposal that the commonwealth could consider. There’s been a lot of going backwards and forwards, but as yet the commonwealth doesn’t have a costed proposal that we could actually consider,” Mr Morrison said.

“The hotel quarantine arrangements have always worked most effectively where they’re close to the major airports where the flights are coming and I think this is a very important point.

“The flights go to where they’re designated to go. Australia can’t just redirect flights, commercial flights, of airlines to go to other ports where they don’t have the ground crew and the other supports that go to supporting the aviation industry.”