National Cabinet to discuss borders, hospital capacity, modelling concerns

It’s set to be a fiery National Cabinet meeting today, as some states begin to peel away from the country’s plan to reopen.

Queensland and Western Australia appear to be the front runners in declaring they can’t begin reopening borders even once we’re at 80 per cent vaccinated.

The Queensland Premier’s stance is now to keep the borders closed until kids under 12 can be vaccinated.

There are also fears that hospital systems in some states actually won’t be able to keep up if the virus is allowed to spread, despite being able to prepare for outbreaks since March 2020.

Hospital capacity, particularly in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, will also be discussed at National Cabinet.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s also caused a bit of a stir and has been accused of scaremongering over a social media post yesterday, that suggested 2,240 Australians will die each month once we let the virus spread.

“I sympathise with people interstate enduring months of lockdown, but my job is to protect Queenslanders,” she posted to Twitter yesterday.

“That’s what we’ve done since the start of the pandemic and we will continue to do.

“That’s why I’m calling to see detailed modelling so we can give Queenslanders answers.

“If NSW is the model of what lies in store for all of us, then serious discussions are needed.

“Doherty Institute modelling predicts, even with 70% of the population vaccinated, 80 people will die each day six months after the outbreak.

“That’s 2,240 who will die each month,” the posts read.

The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt then slammed her for misusing modelling, specifically when it comes to the fear for children.

“Serious illness remains extremely rare in children, I also quote ‘even children with serious underlying conditions will mostly only experience a mild illness with covid 19’.

I also quote ‘the single most effective tool to prevent infection in children is to reduce infection in adults’,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

Police searching for missing 13yo on the Gold Coast

Police are calling for help to locate a missing 13-year-old girl on the Gold Coast.

She was last seen in Labrador around 8.00 pm yesterday, September 1.

Police and family are concerned for her welfare due to her young age, as well as the behaviour being out of character.

She’s described as Pacific Islander, with brown hair and around 160 centimetres tall.

She was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and a maroon skirt.

Anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts is being urged to contact police immediately.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

WATCH: Coolangatta locals launch their own advertising campaign ‘Essentially Cooly’

Coolangatta is open for business.

That’s the message southern Gold Coast business owners and local residents want the rest of Queensland to know.

In a bid to encourage people to visit the border suburb and spend up, the Coolangatta community have banded together and launched their own advertising campaign.

The video, titled ‘Essentially Cooly’, features surfing greats like Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning alongside a number of Coolangatta locals.

“Coolangatta is open and your support is essential,” Joel Parkinson says in the 56-second clip, which was shared on Monday.

“It’s been tough times. The small businesses around here need your support,” surfer Dean Morrison says in the video.

Simon “Shagga” Saffigna from Shaggadelic Productions told myGC the promotional video was created “for the love of Cooly the place and the people that have shaped who we are today. It’s the best place in the world, God’s Country.”

You can watch the video below:

 

Border bubble talks to continue as Qld mulls options

Queensland officials are reportedly considering a number of options for a border bubble with the Tweed following high-level talks on the weekend.

Queensland’s State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski and New South Wales Border Commissioner James McTavish met on Sunday to work through how a bubble could operate.

New South Wales is adamant moving checkpoints south to the Tweed River won’t work and will cut off half the shire.

Queensland insists it is the only solution despite a border bubble operating last year without the need to move checkpoints.

It comes as the New South Wales government becomes increasingly concerned at Tweed Hospital being left short-staffed and is hopeful a border resolution can be reached sooner rather than later.

“New South Wales officials along with Queensland officials have tried to work through a series of new changes. That’s being considered today by Queensland Health and the Queensland government and we’re again to meet tomorrow morning,” NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Monday.

“These are the issues that are hampering workforce flow across that border, families reuniting, what are the essential workers?

“Those communities are interconnected and work closely and service delivery for goods and service delivery is important in the Tweed. So we’re working towards an outcome to support the tweed community and of course the southern part of Queensland but we’re yet to land that.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday that the ball was in New South Wales’ court.

“I just hope that the New South Wales government can work with the Queensland government here because it’s having an impact on families’ lives,” The Premier said.

“So we’ve extended the olive branch and we’ll hand it over to New South Wales now to see if they will come to the party.”

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Man hospitalised after getting kicked by a horse on the Gold Coast

A man is recovering in hospital this morning after he was kicked in the chest by a horse.

Emergency services were called to Ken Russell Court in Bundall around 5.30 a, following reports of the incident.

They assessed a man at the scene for injuries to his chest after he was kicked by a horse.

He then had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

The man’s understood to be in a stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service did not confirm his age.