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Gatton police helping DV victims with crisis packs filled with essential items

Gatton police are helping out vulnerable women, children and men access essential personal items following a spike in domestic and family violence cases across the region. They've created DV crisis packs filled with essentials like shampoo, conditioner and sanitary products colouring-in pencils and snacks are included for kids.Constable Kimberly Allen...

RATs supply shortage may impact rollout of free concession card scheme

Concession card holders are now eligible for free rapid antigen tests, but Queensland pharmacies may not have any in supply for weeks. From today (January 24), free rapid antigen test kits are available for more than six million Australians who hold an eligible concession card under the Concessional Access RAT program. Eligible...

'Cane toad bust' to control numbers and protect native species

Queenslanders are being encouraged to venture out and collect cane toads this week as part of a nationwide bust. With more than 2 billion toads Australia-wide, the project by Watergum and Clarence Landcare aims to help control their numbers. Invasive species manager Emily Vincent says toads are extremely problematic for several reasons. “They...

New Covid testing clinic opens at Gatton Hospital to help ease wait times

  Lockyer Valley residents seeking COVID-19 tests now have another option as Gatton Hospital opens a walk-in testing clinic onsite. The Gatton Hospital Fever Clinic is the second West Moreton Health COVID-19 testing site that residents can go to if they need a PCR test or rapid antigen test kit to ease...

Qld records 13 COVID-19 deaths and 10,212 new cases

Queensland has recorded 10,212 new COVID-19 cases and sadly 13 deaths, as concern is raised over low vax rate among teenagers heading back to schoolThere are 878 people in Queensland hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms, 50 in ICU with 40 per cent of those unvaccinated.Chief health officer Dr John Gerrard says...

Two die in Collingwood Park fire

  UPDATE:  A suspicious death investigation has been launched following a fatal house fire in Ipswich on Sunday morning. Emergency services were called to a Collingwood Park home after reports of a domestic disturbance. They found the house well alight and the bodies of two people, believed to be aged 68 and 73, were...

Historical child sexual assault investigation

Detectives have charged a man after investigating alleged sexual offences which occurred more than twenty years ago. Police will allege the offences were committed against two teenage boys, who were cadets, by an officer supervising them at various times between 1998 and 2002. The alleged offences occurred at locations across the Ipswich...

Mum of Covid-positive child with lung disease urges symptomatic people to isolate

   A Rosewood mum whose two-year-old daughter contracted COVID-19 while battling lung disease is pleading with people to isolate if showing symptoms of the virus. Steph Waite, her partner Ryan and four children  - including their two-year-old daughter Violette, who has bronchiectasis - have all been quarantined at their Ipswich home since...

Qld records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 16k new cases as booster shot interval cut

  Queensland has recorded 13 Covid-related deaths with 16,031 new cases as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces that from Monday, eligible Queenslanders can get their booster shot three months after their second dose. Of the deaths, two people were in their 60s, five in their 70s, five in their 80s and one in...

Man dies while searching for PD Quizz at Redbank Plains

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the non-suspicious death of a 61-year-old man yesterday afternoon at Redbank Plains. It is believed the man, who was searching for missing PD Quizz at a quarry site on Hallett Road, may have suffered a medical episode. Emergency services were called to attend...

Mental health advocate Dr Zoe Knorre named Ipswich Citizen of the Year 2022

A mental health advocate and champion for mums affected by addiction and domestic violence is the 2022 Ipswich Citizen of the Year.Dr Zoe Knorre, chief executive and founder of Grace Homestead, clinched top honours on Wednesday at the annual Ipswich Australia Day Awards.Grace Homestead is the only long-term residential recovery...

Qld records 16,812 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

Nine Queenslanders have died with Covid-19 overnight, with 16,812 new cases recorded as Health Minister Yvette D’Ath urges people not to call ambulances for a rapid antigen test. Meanwhile the State Government has revealed its plans for the Wellcamp quarantine facility due to open next month. Chief health officer Dr John Gerrard...

Overcrowded prisons leave staff, inmates fearing mass COVID-19 incursion

Queensland's overcrowded and short-staffed prisons could be left in a desperate situation if COVID-19 cases continue to increase with longer prison lockdowns likely, the Together Union says. Recent Queensland Corrective Services data shows that Arthur Gorrie at Darra has some of the highest infection rates in the state at 123 positive...
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