From Cairns to the Gold Coast – Queensland has major hospitals across the state ready to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to those of the highest priority. Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Cairns Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital will act as Queensland’s six ‘hubs’ for the Pfizer vaccine. Unfortunately Caboolture hospital has missed out. “Using these facilities as a base for this rollout means we can manage the logistics of the Pfizer vaccine, which is actually quite complex,” she said. “It has strict limitations on its storage, transport and distribution which makes it unsuitable for how we would normally rollout a widespread vaccination campaign. “We have chosen our state’s largest hospitals, from the top and tail of our state. “Queensland will begin this process as soon as we receive the first Pfizer vaccines from the Federal Government. “Every day is a step forward in our recovery from this pandemic, but this is a particularly exciting milestone for us all.” Priority Group 1a would be the first to receive a vaccination. Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the group included quarantine and border workers, frontline (COVID) health workers, aged care and disability care staff and aged care and disability care residents. “When it’s appropriate for you to get a vaccine, I urge you all to do so,” Dr Young said. “Queensland has fared so well during this pandemic because of the public’s responsiveness. I thank you all. “We are ensuring we first protect the people who need it most. These are the people who are most at risk of exposure and severe disease.” To stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 vaccination information for Queensland, visit Queensland Health is working closely with the Australian Government on the vaccine’s roll out. Phase 1a:

  • Quarantine and border workers

  • Frontline healthcare workers

  • Aged care and disability care staff

  • Aged care and disability care residents 

Local Beachmere resident Jo Van Styn nearly missed Christmas when she narrowly avoided falling into a sink hole outside her home on Christmas Eve.

Returning from pre Christmas drinks she was fortunate to not fall into a large sinkhole about one metre long and 600mm wide and at least 700mm deep .

After contacting MBRC the Council’s emergency on call worker attended, borrowing “witches hats” from neighbours to make the area safe.  The worker then returned later in the evening with barricades.

“We were walking back from Christmas drinks and this sink hole appeared less than two hours after we had just walked there,” Jo said.

Over four weeks later, by mid January, the Council had not returned to the street and the sinkhole had still not been repaired.  On contacting the Council they advised they had no record of the work or the problem. 

A visit to the site of the sinkhole in late January show the Council has visited the ever increasing hole and the road has been repaired.

More than 690 Queensland community groups will benefit from $16 million in funding from the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants. Today, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman announced the successful recipients from Round 106 of the GCBF. “The grants are fantastic in supporting a variety of local community driven projects - from a women’s refuge providing much-needed accommodation for families experiencing domestic and family violence, to a humidicrib for a local wildlife rescue,” Ms Fentiman said. The grants are used to assist not-for-profit community groups provide services, host events and upgrade equipment and facilities that benefit their local community. “All of our successful recipients do fantastic work in our local communities,” Ms Fentiman said. “For example, students in regional and remote areas will also benefit from a digital education package on cervical cancer, with $10,000 going to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation to help them deliver programs where they can’t reach students face-to-face.” Ms Fentiman said eligible organisations can get online and apply for funding under Round 108 from today. “We know 2020 was extremely tough for so many Queenslanders,” Ms Fentiman said. “These grants will continue to support our hardworking local groups and in turn create safer and harmonious communities. “I encourage any community organisations including sporting clubs, P&Cs and not-for-profits to apply for grants of up to $35,000 for projects that will benefit their community.” Round 108 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund is open for application until 28 February 2021. To view the full list of recipients from Round 106 and apply for Round 108 visit

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