ADAPTING: Member for Burdekin Dale Last is calling for all passengers arriving on commercial flights into Moranbah to be ‘fever tested’.
ADAPTING: Member for Burdekin Dale Last is calling for all passengers arriving on commercial flights into Moranbah to be ‘fever tested’.

New calls to prevent COVID-19 outbreak coming to CQ

A LOCAL politician is calling for all passengers arriving on commercial flights into Moranbah to be ‘fever tested’ to protect the mining industry.

Member for Burdekin and Shadow Minister Natural Resources and Mines, Dale Last, contacted Queensland Minister Health, Steven Miles in a bid to have the testing brought in as a matter of urgency.

In the letter, Mr Last has said there were both health and economic reasons for preventing the spread of COVID-19 into the region.

“Currently, our mines are operating under very specific conditions to ensure that our resources industry, and the people who work in that industry, keep working because it’s essential for both jobs and for the state’s economy, especially at the moment,” he said.

“It’s common knowledge that, when it comes to health services, the resources in places like Moranbah are limited when compared to larger centres so we need to take extra precautions.

“Workers arriving on chartered flights are already being monitored and tested and that is a credit to the mining companies who have put the procedure in place.

“But, we have people arriving on commercial flights who aren’t being screened and that has the potential to cause massive problems.

“Given the need for the economic benefits that the mines provide, plus the resources they produce and the limited health services that are available, I think we need to test every single arrival to protect the community and the industry.”

With FIFO from other states now heavily restricted, Mr Last said the danger had only marginally decreased.

“My preference is for the people that work in our mines to live in regional Queensland rather than doing FIFO, but that is a debate for another day,” Mr Last said.

“Regardless of whether they are travelling from a Queensland city or interstate, right now we need to ensure that we are doing everything possible to prevent COVID-19 from shutting down our mines and endangering people who live in smaller centres.”

“I hope that Minister Miles will see the sense in this and act in a timely manner.”



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