Friday 29th May, 2020

Taskforce assembled to keep freight moving into Queensland

Tasmania’s port operator TasPorts has received the best financial results since its inception in 2006, with a recorded consolidated net profit of $12 million for 2018-19.

A joint industry and government taskforce has been set up to ensure food and essential goods continue to flow into Queensland during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chaired by State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick, the Essential Goods Supply Committee includes senior government and industry executives to provide information to industry, business and workers about the closed border.

Dick said the Queensland Government understands the pressure on industry and business, especially freight companies, stemming from this crisis.

“We’re committed to working with industry on practical and pragmatic approaches and solutions to keep supply chains moving,” Dick said.

“Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner also joined the committee and will work with closely with me on supply chain issues.

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“Our government is listening and quickly responding to the needs of industry to keep Queenslanders working and manage workplace risks.”

Queensland Transport is working with Queensland Police and RACQ to manage the necessary border checkpoints.

Dick urged those needing to travel across the border to be patient as there may be some delays as part of the settling in period.

“We don’t want to prevent trade and commerce, however, we are minimising the risks for Queensland industry, business and communities,” Dick said.

“It’s important for everybody to understand that none of us – and no workplace – has immunity to this very virulent disease. Anyone feeling sick should not be going to work, so our workplaces and workmates can stay healthy.

“We want to keep Queenslanders healthy and working for as long as possible, especially in businesses that are providing essential items.”