Mayor Elvie Sandow and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Cherbourg on Wednesday

November 10, 2021

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised Cherbourg Council and the positivity she had seen in the community, when she visited the town on Wednesday.

The Premier was accompanied by Education Minister Grace Grace on the visit, which included a briefing from Cherbourg councillors, a visit to Nurunderi TAFE College and Council’s recycling facility and a walk alongside the Mater health team as they delivered door-to-door COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Premier and Education Minister later visited Murgon State High School to meet student leaders and inspect the school’s new $6.6 million auditorium.

Nurunderi TAFE hosted the Premier’s morning live update to Queenslanders, during which she announced there had been two more cases of community COVID-19 transmission in Queensland: in Warwick and on the Gold Coast.

“This virus is coming. I need to keep you safe and Queenslanders need to continue to unite to ensure that we can get through this as smoothly as possible,” the Premier said.

The Premier, Minister Grace, Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Lynne McKinlay and Cherbourg Mayor Elvie Sandow then fielded questions from reporters.

Premier Palaszczuk was quizzed on Cherbourg’s latest vaccination numbers which appeared to be much better than the figures reported by the Federal Government.

She said the 72.7 per cent first dose and 55.3 per cent double dose figures related to the postcode 4605 and were based on data sent to Queensland Health.

But the Premier emphasised health workers were going door-to-door in Cherbourg and people were getting vaccinated.

Speaking later, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said it was good news vaccination rates were rising in Cherbourg.

“However, I am concerned that the 70 per cent first dose figures quoted by the Premier today are actually for the whole 4605 postcode, which includes a much broader area,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“In fact, as at November 8, Cherbourg was at 39.5 per cent, which is a good improvement, but is still not high enough.

“We don’t want to see complacency setting in with the community thinking the results are better than they actually may be. It is imperative that the community of Cherbourg does everything to protect themselves from COVID-19.”

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Premier At Cherbourg

Mayor Sandow presented the Premier with a bunch of flowers on her arrival

Former NRL great Steve Renouf, from the Deadly Choices program, with Cr Leighton Costello
Premier Palaszczuk met in private with Cherbourg councillors (Photo: CASC)
Premier Palaszczuk looks over plans for a proposed, new Council development (Photo: CASC)
Mayor Sandow presented the Premier with a boomerang and a clock … maybe Council was suggesting the Premier return again at some time? (Photo: CASC)
The Premier with some of the Health, Police, QFES and Council representatives she met during her visit to Cherbourg
Education Minister Grace Grace with Mayor Sandow at the Nurunderi TAFE campus
Three more of the Deadly Choices sports star ambassadors who came to Cherbourg to meet people at a CRAICCHS vaccination clinic in the afternoon, from left, Brenton Bowen, Rhonda Purcell and Willie Tonga
Premier Palaszczuk, Mayor Sandow and Minister Grace with members of the Mater Walkabout vaccination team who have been going door-to-door in Cherbourg
The Premier discussing the vaccination rollout with Lynette Brown at Nurunderi TAFE
Cherbourg Materials Recovery Facility manager Andrew Beckett explains some of the high-tech processing equipment at the plant to the Premier (Photo: CASC)

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At Murgon State High School

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Murgon SHS principal Simon Cotton elbow bump in greeting

Aunty Patti Bond welcomed Premier Palaszczuk to Murgon SHS
Education Minister Grace was introduced to the incoming 2022 school captains and the outgoing 2021 captains
Premier Palaszczuk spontaneously declares Murgon State High School’s new auditorium open! The school’s first assembly in the hall was held on Wednesday morning
A group photo with students and invited guests in the new school auditorium
South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto with the Premier behind stage at the new Murgon SHS auditorium
Minister Grace, right, explains to the Premier how school assemblies were formerly held in an open courtyard as Mayor Sandow, Mayor Otto and principal Simon Cotton look on (Photo: CASC)

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Media Conference

Premier Palaszczuk updated Queenslanders about the latest COVID-19 cases in a live media conference from the main auditorium at Nurunderi TAFE College.

Premier Palaszczuk answers questions from the metropolitan media

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Lynne McKinlay

Cherbourg Mayor Elvie Sandow fields questions
Education Minister Grace Grace addresses the media at Nurunderi
The auditorium at Nurunderi TAFE was filled with media for the Premier’s morning briefing

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