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Annual INFLUENZA vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over (unless medically contraindicated) to reduce their chance of becoming ill with influenza.

Under the National Immunisation Program, people most at risk of severe influenza and its complications are eligible for FREE influenza vaccines.

Eligible groups include:
• Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
• People aged 65 years and over
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
• People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and complications.
And for the first time -
• Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years

🩺 For more information - speak to your GP and/or www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/don-t-take-the-risk-this-season-protect-y...
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Simone Karandrews - Advocate for Blair region

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Latest COVID-19 status for West Moreton regionWe are keeping our community as up-to-date as possible by sharing information that will help to inform, while also supporting people’s right to privacy.

As of 5 April 2020, there were still 37 positive COVID-19 cases in areas where West Moreton Health provides care. Of these, 27 were in Ipswich suburbs, 7 were in Brisbane suburbs, while there was 1 in Scenic Rim Council area, 1 in Somerset Regional Council area and 1 in Lockyer Valley Regional Council area where WM Health provides care.

During times like these, it’s important to look after family and friends and to be kind to people in the community.

For more information, visit www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au/news or www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases

The community can be assured that contact tracing continues, which means we are directly contacting people considered to be at risk through close contact with a confirmed case.

We want everyone to know they play a part in protecting themselves and the more vulnerable members of the community.

Stay 1.5 metres apart, avoid touching, shaking hands and hugging, practice cough etiquette, wash your hands regularly, and stay home as much as possible, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease. Please don't go to work or out if you are sick.
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From the Office of Senator Michaelia Cash.

The Morrison Government has today introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months.

The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May. Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.

Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.

Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.

The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).

Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:
their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_supporting_businesses_1.pdf

For Employers Factsheet: treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employers_0.pdf

Employees Factsheet: treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employees_0.pdf

To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job
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Exercise is important for body and mind for both hound and human....Especially in current circumstances.

BCC have closed Dog Off Leash areas.

Time to discover some streets in your town you haven’t seen before
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Volunteers make our world go round....

Now more than ever is a great way to help our community members in need.

If you are able to assist please follow the links to find our local services....Kenmore, Ipswich, Redbank and Jindalee.To ensure we have enough volunteers in the coming months we’re putting the call out to anyone who would like to support your community by volunteering to help your local Meals on Wheels service get meals out to the elderly and vulnerable. Please reach out to your local Meals on Wheels service now to register your interest to volunteer. To find out where your nearest Meals on Wheels Service is, please visit QMOW.ORG and click Find Us, or call 1300 90 97 90.
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Businesses impacted by CoVid 19 -

These free webinars hosted by Firestation 101 in collaboration with the Ipswich and Springfield Chambers of Commerce may be of interest.

Starting Tuesday 31st March and through April.Fire Station 101, in collaboration with the Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce and Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry, have developed four FREE programs to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

Register Now- www.eventbrite.com.au/o/fire-station-101-11324568936
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Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.

As a frontline health worker I ask you to STAY AT HOME where possible so people like me can help people like you.

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Queensland Health are recruiting staff in response to COVID 19.

Fields include medical, nursing, allied health, administrative support, dental and operational such as laundry, kitchen, porterage and trades assistance.

Given the current employment situation this may be a very welcome opportunity.

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Be prepared QLD…The borders shall be closing soon.

Stay safe…stay home…and please follow all preventive health directives.BREAKING: Cabinet has decided to close Queensland’s borders.

UPDATE: ‪Border closure will take effect at midnight on Wednesday. The Queensland Disaster Management Committee will meet tomorrow to finalise details - including exemptions - and more detail will be released at that time.

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Telephone voting is available for those in our community with disability, impairment or are unwell and/or in isolation (as advised by medical practitioner).

You must register with Qld Electoral Commission for Telephone Voting.

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Opinion Pullenvale Ward Elections - Mt Crosby/Karana Downs region

I have watched with interest some recent announcements and discussions online and in glossy publications by candidates vying for our vote.

What is really apparent is the lack of real engagement. Real face to face meetings with genuine intent to engage with voters.
Road-siding is not true engagement.
Neither is starting a campaign and trying to engage a few weeks out from the election with a few pages in print media and trying to vilify other candidates on local social media pages.

Karana Downs/Mt Crosby are the forgotten region within the ward of Pullenvale.
Left in the too hard basket because the rest of the ward is so happily looked after.

Ipswich City council electioneering is very different. Candidates are holding informal meet and greets within their divisions/wards and engaging with people.
This is aside from the usual social media, print and meet the candidate forums being conducted and live streamed.

An overarching theme is the desire to elect candidates who are engaged representatives with no tarnish from corruption allegations - and for very good reason.

Within the Pullenvale ward - there is a similar need. There are some misleading representations and a vexatious attitude from some of the candidates.
We are also a region of rusted on voters. Not ready to change - but will complain come every election.

I am acutely aware of what residents in this area are concerned about. Yes, transport is one of them.
Transport is a major issue for many within this community connecting people and youth to education, employment, health services, shopping and social activities in times other than peak travel.

In good faith, I spent time engaging with the BCC survey that was circulated about PPT, public transport and the green bridge. This wasn’t well publicised and probably not well responded to either. Haven’t seen any follow up results.

There is a vast invisible barrier with representatives unable to see outside the square and connect the regions of Brisbane and Ipswich.
Yes I know that they are different council areas.
Does your need to travel recognise the border crossing? Do our natural emergencies recognise the border?
The answer is an emphatic “No”.
I look to BCC and Moreton Bay Council areas embracing ability to service transport needs collaboratively as neighbouring council areas.
Any leader/representative worth their weight should have the ability to negotiate and collaborate with the cross river council on such issues that also affect the population on the other side of the river too.

What a unique idea....allow cross travel to cities and locations on either side of Colleges Crossing via public transport.
Doesn’t need to be a big bus….a smaller eco-friendly bus would be quite suitable.

Does anyone remember the fanfare of the opening of the Moggill Sports Park? - with no public transport connection and no footpaths/bikeways for kids to get there safely?

It is not good enough to be a representative for 4 years and not properly liaise with community, address, advocate and deliver on the issues of need for this (forgotten) part of the ward and engage with the state government where necessary.

Here’s some other issues of note :
Footpaths for our youth who walk on busy state and council roads to access buses to and from school.
A community centre for all to utilise.
Sporting facilities.
Natural asset management.
A postcode that is reflective of the area in which it is located….Brisbane.
Bushfire safety and emergency resilience.

I was instrumental in bringing Bushfire Safety front and centre to our region’s attention over the last year or so.
I continue to do so through the Safer Fire Risk for Western Brisbane committee. We continue to liaise with QFES for further action, resolution and community resilience.

Having requested the councillor to assist with provision of a community safety meeting specifically for this region and no action or any intent from that end - I had no option but to coordinate directly with QFES to enable this. This event took over 12 months to bring to fruition - and not through my lack of perseverance.

The end result was that the councillor claimed all credit for a meeting that took place in October. Yet I still meet people within this region who didn’t even know about it (despite my best efforts) as notification for the meeting by BCC was hastily made only 1 week prior to the event.

The statement made by this councillor and candidate regarding work on a disaster preparedness brigade is news to me and our community.
Where is that representative seeking to engage with the SFRWB committee that is already in meetings with QFES?
We have community champions already in place trying to build resilience for our community because of lack of engagement and interest by elected representatives.

It is not good enough.
It is an insult not to engage and understand our community’s valid safety and other concerns.

There is a lack of recognition and engagement and there is whole lot of deliberate misconception being peddled.

This is our region....a region that we love to call home…unique…forgotten…under represented and it’s needs taken for granted.
We, the voters are being taken for granted.

Choose wisely my fellow residents and do engage in what ever form you can with your potential candidates and recognise that motherhood statements are sure to be everywhere.
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