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Victoria mimics NSW's voucher plan with regional twist

Victoria mimics NSW's voucher plan with regional twist

The Victorian Government will offer residents the chance to apply for $200 vouchers to spend in regional areas, but the total spend will be much less than a NSW equivalent announced yesterday with a greater emphasis on boosting tourism infrastructure. 

As part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package unveiled by Premier Daniel Andrews today, the government will give out 120,000 vouchers available to those who spend at least $400 on accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria.

The $28 million scheme is expected to be up and running in December, ensuring the benefits are felt this summer when businesses need them the most.

The budget will also provide more than $149 million to build new visitor accommodation, improve major tourist trails and drive more people out to taste the state's produce, food and wine.

More than $47.5 million will build better visitor infrastructure along the Great Ocean Road, including a signature coastal walking trail along the coastline and hinterland from Fairhaven to Grey River, with up to five new swing suspension bridges providing spectacular views of Victoria's rugged Surf Coast. Some $2 million of the allocation will be used to build more campsites along the Surf Coast.

Meanwhile, the $18.5 million Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package will build new accommodation, upgrade the East Gippsland Rail Trail, improve tourism infrastructure across Victoria's east and support local jobs.

This includes $3.5 million to build 10 eco-pods at Cape Conran Coastal Park, $2 million for more campsites, and $2.5 million to help establish the Metung Hot Springs and the Nunduk Spa and Eco-Resort. The package also includes $3.85 million to provide better access to Point Hicks Lighthouse the tallest on mainland Australia.

Elsewhere in the state, $15 million will go towards works on the popular Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing hiking trail, $13 million will deliver trail heads on the Grampians Peak Trail and visitor upgrades at Mackenzie Falls, and $4.3 million will enable the continued growth of the Prosecco Road winery district including helping to establish accommodation at Dal Zotto Wines. 

There is also support for the Murray River Adventure Trail, facilities at Wilsons Promontory, the Mallee Silo Art Trail, the Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap and the Ballarat Centre for Photography.

A $150 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund will fund nature-based, First Nations, arts and culture, and food and wine tourism projects, while a further $1.5 million will support First Peoples tourism businesses through advisory services, mentoring and digital skills development.

The government also announced a further $106.5 million in tourism industry support, including a $58 million marketing boost for Visit Victoria to promote the state's appeal to Victorians as well as people all over the country.

"Whether it's a day-trip with the family or a tour along our stunning coast, we're helping more people get out and enjoy the best Victoria has to offer," says Premier Andrews.

"This funding will help them tourism businesses bounce back from the challenges of this year welcoming more visitors and employing more Victorians."

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, says Victoria has some of the most amazing attractions in the world, and his government is making sure they only continue to get better and more compelling for visitors.

"Our investment in infrastructure in every corner of the state lays the foundations for a sustained recovery - and that means more jobs for Victorians," says Minister Pakula.

"Regional Victoria delivers for Victorians and visitors alike, and our commitment to infrastructure in local communities ensures people will have the best possible experience in the years ahead," adds Minister for Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes.

Photo: Brambuk, Grampians National Park. Courtesy of Visit Victoria.

Updated at 11:59am AEDT on 18 November.

Major public health alerts issued in South Australia as suburban cluster grows

Major public health alerts issued in South Australia as suburban cluster grows

SA Health has issued a number of public health alerts for venues and restaurants in Adelaide after a northern suburbs COVID-19 cluster grew by four new cases yesterday.

One major alert is for the Woodville Pizza Bar, with anyone who visited or got takeaway from the restaurant on 6 to 16 November to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

The alert also requires those living with visitors of the pizza bar to quarantine for a fortnight.

Yesterday South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said his state was "not out of the woods yet" from this new outbreak of COVID-19.

The state's figures grew by five yesterday after more than 6,000 Adelaideans got tested for COVID-19 a record for SA.

Four of the five were linked to the Parafield cluster, with the fifth still under investigation at the time of yesterday's press conference.

More than 4,000 people have been asked to self-quarantine to date as state health authorities scramble to contain the outbreak.

A number of other public health alerts were issued overnight including for Thomas Moore College and Roma Mitchell Secondary College.

SA Health also says those who visited any of the below locations during the listed times do not need to self-quarantine but should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19:

ADELAIDE
Bensons Radiology, 3/18 North Terrace (Friday 13 November 8.30am 8.45am)
Bus 502 - Bus Stop H2 On Grenfell Street (Friday 13 November 9.00am 9.30am)
Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from bus stop near train station (Wednesday 11 November 3.40pm 4.38pm)

GEPPS CROSS
Stratco, 59 Port Wakefield Rd (Saturday 14 November 12.45pm 1.25pm)

ELIZABETH
Elizabeth Shopping Centre (Wednesday 11 November 10.00am 10.45am)

GLENGOWRIE
Morphett Arms Hotel, 138 Morphett Rd (Friday 13 November 5.00pm 10.00pm)

HENDON
Prime Liquidators, 6 Philips Cres (Saturday 14 November 12.00pm 12.30pm)

PARA HILLS
502x Bus - Stop 39 On Bridge Road to Stop S1 On Grenfell Street (Friday 13 November 7.45am 8.15am)

PORT ADELAIDE
Funk Coffee, T15/200-220 Commercial Rd (Saturday 14 November 5.00pm 5.15pm)
Hungry Jacks, 321 Commercial Rd Port Adelaide (Between 7.30pm Friday 13 November 2.30am Saturday 14 November) 

ROSEWATER
United Petrol Station, 128 Grand Junction Rd (Friday 13 November approximately 3pm)
Foodland, 144 Grand Junction Rd (Thursday 12 November 7.45 pm (approximately 5 minutes))

SALISBURY DOWNS
Hollywood Fresh Fruit Shop, Hollywood Plaza (Saturday 14 November 10.00am 11.00am)

SOMERTON PARK
Eblen Collision Repair, 240 Brighton Road (Thursday 12 November 8.00am 4.30pm and Friday 13 November 8.00am 4.30pm)

ST CLAIR
Coles, Cheltenham Parade (Friday 13 November 4.00pm 4.20pm)

WESTLAKES
Westlakes Shopping Centre (Kmart, San Churros, NK Fashion, Coles) (Sunday 15 November 1.45pm 3.45pm)

For a full list of SA public health alerts visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Updated at 9.14am AEDT on 18 November 2020.

NSW to spend $500m on hospitality, arts and tourism vouchers

NSW to spend $500m on hospitality, arts and tourism vouchers

The NSW Government has announced a $500 million stimulus package to help businesses recover from COVID-19, incentivising people to eat out and enjoy the variety of cultural scenes around the state.

Under the Out & About program, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions in the state.

The $100 per person will be divided into four vouchers worth $25 each, two of which will be designated for restaurants, cafes, clubs and other foodservice venues.

The remaining two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, such as cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas, and amusement parks.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said Service NSW would operate a pilot of the scheme throughout December in the Sydney CBD.

"Applying for a voucher will be simple and easy and made available via the Service NSW app," Minister Dominello said.

"We must be COVID smart as well as COVID safe and the success of this program will depend upon people continuing to follow the rules.

"This program is ambitious and the first of its kind in Australia. The Government will run a pilot scheme to make sure we can iron-out any issues before launching Out & About across NSW in the new year."

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the introduction of a four-voucher scheme was to encourage people to open their wallets and spend across a wider range of businesses over an extended time period.

"It's almost time to open the door on 2021 and I can't think of a better way to do that than by encouraging people to support their local businesses through this program," Minister Tudehope said.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $500 million Out & About program was designed to boost businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.

"No industry has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 more than the hospitality, arts and tourism industries," the Treasurer said.

"NSW acted swiftly to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 and we want to help businesses by encouraging spending within local communities, especially within the hospitality, arts and tourism sectors."

Updated at 5:41pm AEDT on 17 November 2020.

South Australia records one new infection as restrictions come into force

South Australia records one new infection as restrictions come into force

Just one new COVID-19 infection has been confirmed in South Australia after a range of new restrictions came into force overnight.

The new confirmed infection is connected to the Parafield cluster, bringing the total associated with it to 18.

According to SA Premier Steven Marshall the positive case was discovered from more than 3,000 tests conducted yesterday.

The new positive infection comes after South Australian health officials acted fast to contain the spread of the outbreak, reimposing a number of restrictions on venues and immediately closing down gyms.

 

 

South Australian health officials also issued a number of new public health alerts for a variety of locations overnight.

Those that visited the locations below do not need to self-quarantine but should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if any develop:

Adelaide
Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from bus stop near train station (Wednesday 11 November 3.40pm 4.38 pm)
It's Convenient, 63 Waymouth St, Adelaide (Saturday 14 November 6.00 pm 6.15 pm)

Eastwood
Adelaide Eye and Laser Centre, 215 Greenhill Rd (Friday 13 November 10.00am 12.00 pm

Edinburgh
SA Structural, 54 Kaurna Avenue (Thursday 12 November 7.00am 3.30 pm)

Elizabeth
Big W, Elizabeth Shopping Centre (Saturday 14 November 10.00 am 11.00am)

Findon
Woolworths Findon Road (Saturday 14 November 8.30 pm 8.35 pm)

Fulham Gardens
Fulham Gardens Community Centre - Festival of Lights Function (Sunday 8 November)

Gepps Cross
Spotlight, 750 Main North Road (Thursday 12 November 8.30 pm 9.00 pm)

Kurralta Park
Coles, 153-164 Anzac Hwy (Friday 13 November 8.30 pm 8.50 pm)

Mawson Lakes
Foodland, 6/12 Capital St (Saturday 14 November 1.30 pm 2.00 pm)

Parafield Gardens
Martins Road Family Medical Practice (Podiatrist) (Monday 9 November 2.00pm 3.00 pm)

Pooraka
On The Run Pooraka, OTR 126 Bridge Rd Pooraka (Thursday 12 November 11.35 am 11.40 am)
Bus 405 from Salisbury Bus Interchange (Monday 9 November 11.06 am 12.00 pm)
Bus 411 from Salisbury Bus Interchange (Wednesday 11 November 4.30pm 5.30 pm)
Namaste Supermarket, Parabanks Shopping Centre (Saturday 14 November 1.30 pm 2.00 pm)

Salisbury Downs
McDonald's Hollywood Plaza (Friday 13 November 10.00 am 11.00 am)
Star Discount Chemist, Hollywood Plaza Surgery (Tuesday 10 November 7.30 pm 7.45 pm)
Target Hollywood Plaza (Thursday 12 November 12.00 pm 1.30 pm)
Woolworths, Hollywood Plaza (Thursday 12 November 12.00 pm 1.30 pm)

South Plympton
Jai Shiv Fruit & Veg shop, 3/489 Marion Rd (Saturday 14 November 8.00 pm 8.05 pm)

Updated at 9.14am AEDT on 17 November 2020.

Adelaide COVID-19 outbreak forces gyms to close, new restrictions on venues and households

Adelaide COVID-19 outbreak forces gyms to close, new restrictions on venues and households

Several new COVID-19 restrictions will be put in place from midnight tonight in South Australia as health authorities work to get on top of an outbreak in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

Gyms and other recreation centres will be forced to close temporarily, and venues like pubs, clubs and restaurants will have capacity limits of 100 people with the one person per four square metre rule in place.

International flights into the city will also be paused for the remainder of the week to ensure there is enough space in Adelaide's medi-hotels to house those who need to be placed into local quarantine.

It comes as 17 new cases were reported in the state this morning, with no new cases being discovered by a testing blitz undertaken this afternoon, which SA Premier Steven Marshall said is a positive outcome.

"I said last week that COVID has challenged us, but it has not defeated us, and it's fair to say that we are now facing our biggest test today," Marshall said.

"Today we've acted to supercharge capabilities at some of our COVID testing sites including Victoria Park, Elizabeth, Parafield Airport and McGill which are all open until eight o'clock at night.

"Your response has given me great heart that we will rise to this challenge."

Restrictions to come into force from midnight

From midnight tonight a raft of restrictions will come into place in gyms, venues and households.

Gyms and other recreation facilities like trampoline and play cafes will be forced to close for what the Premier hopes will be a temporary period of two weeks and community sport and training will be temporarily cancelled.

Funerals will be capped at 50 people with the one person per four square metre rule in place, while church gatherings will be capped at 100 people.

No real changes will be made for weddings, but all attendees must be registered.

Private gatherings at licenced venues will be capped at 50 people with the one person per four square metre rule in place.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants will only be allowed to host up to 100 people, with a maximum booking of 10 people for groups.

Private residences will only be allowed to have 10 people gathering at a time.

Finally, all events with approved COVID management plans scheduled for the next two weeks have been cancelled immediately.

Masks will be made mandatory for service providers in settings like hairdressers, nail salons, and tattoo parlours, but not mandatory for those receiving the services.

Those visiting aged care facilities must wear a face mask, and only two visitors per day will be allowed.

All schools will remain open.

The Premier also recommends those in Adelaide work from home where possible and wear a face mask where physical distancing is not practical.

The restrictions come as most states and territories except New South Wales introduced new border rules on those visiting from SA, essentially barring those from the state from entering.

Because of the Parafield outbreak a Hungry Jack's in Port Adelaide, a primary school in Mawson Lakes, Thomas Moore College in Salisbury Downs, Parafield Plaza supermarket and an aged care facility have been closed for cleaning.

In addition, a number of public health alerts for other businesses, bus stops, and the Mantra hotel in the CBD have been issued today.

Updated at 4.25pm AEDT on 16 November 2020.

COVID has proved working from home is the best policy to beat congestion

COVID has proved working from home is the best policy to beat congestion

As almost anyone who wastes countless hours stuck in traffic would agree, there's little more frustrating for workers than starting or ending the day with an overly long commute. But, while we might not like it, more of us are doing it. In 2019, the average daily commute time for Australian metro workers was 66 minutes. Then COVID happened.

Although the pandemic has forced change without choice on almost all of us, there have been some positive unintended consequences. Commuting times are one winner, particularly in larger cities. The increase in working from home turns out to be the best policy lever the transport sector has ever pulled for reducing traffic congestion in our cities.


Read more: Australian city workers' average commute has blown out to 66 minutes a day. How does yours compare?


We began looking at the impacts of the increase in working from home on our roads and public transport from March to September. We found a 10-15% drop in peak-period congestion. That's similar to traffic during school holidays.

COVID-19, it turns out, has done something that nobody in government has been able to achieve cutting road congestion almost overnight.

For commuters, time is money

It's possible to calculate how much these kinds of shifts are worth to us as a society. If we weren't stuck in traffic, what else might we do with that time? And just how much is it worth to us?

The Greater Sydney metropolitan area, covering Newcastle to Wollongong, is a good example. From late May 2020, commuting times declined as working from home boomed. We calculate this cut total commuting time costs by 54%, from A$10.5 billion a year to A$5.58 billion.

Naturally, commuters want to know the impact on their own metaphorical hip pockets. In Greater Sydney, we calculate the average annual reduction in time costs per car commuter was A$2,312 as at May 2020. That's equivalent to A$48.16 per week, or A$9.63 per weekday.

For the public transport commuter, the "time cost" of being stuck in traffic is higher as their commute is often longer. Their time saving is worth A$5,203 per person, an equivalent of A$108.39 per week or A$21.68 per weekday.

It's all money that could be better spent elsewhere, especially in the current economic environment.

Chart showing percentage of work days working from home by occupation

Transport planning priorities will change

Congestion shows us working from home is changing more than the workplace: it could have profound implications for road investment and transport policy.

Our data show the increase in working from home is spread evenly across the five weekdays. This is important, since infrastructure and service capacity are typically determined by peak demand. If demand can be flattened, as the data suggest it can be, then the implications for transport planning priorities will be significant.


Read more: If more of us work from home after coronavirus we'll need to rethink city planning


Of course, now that full-time working from home is easing for many, we don't expect this level of benefit to be sustained. But we believe we'll still be left with a significant improvement on pre-COVID congestion. Early signs, including from our surveys in September, suggest many people in certain occupations are likely to work from home one to two days a week in the future, with full employer support.

Chart showing percentage of work days working from home by occupation

But to really capture the benefits of this welcome shift on our roads, we need governments to play a role. They need to publicly support working from home as a way of reducing pressure on transport networks, especially in our big cities.

2020 has proven traffic congestion can be reduced without building more roads. What's more, doing so brings other benefits: in addition to myriad environmental benefits, our increased ability to work from home will open up new opportunities for revitalising suburbia. These adjustments align well with the concept of the 20- or 30-minute city, a strategy many Australian city planners are grappling with.


Read more: People love the idea of 20-minute neighbourhoods. So why isn't it top of the agenda?


Is there a downside to fewer commutes?

As more of us spend fewer days commuting, there are risks. For example, we might move more permanently to using private cars for commuting (even once COVID safety issues subside).

If we commute for only three or four days a week, rather than five, we may be more tolerant of the costs associated with driving, such as parking fees and tolls. Even congestion itself may bother us less.

If this occurs, we may have to find other ways to contain this increase in car use if we want to keep those shorter commutes.


Read more: Cars rule as coronavirus shakes up travel trends in our cities


Strategies to limit car use in peak periods

One option is road-pricing reform a user-pays system. One well-researched user charge is to replace vehicle registration charges (in part or in full) with a distance-based charge (cents/km) during periods of heavy congestion for example, peak periods in cities.

What makes this option appealing is the ability to set charges at a level that leaves most people no worse off financially (the hip-pocket test), while at the same time reducing peak-period car use to improve travel times. We estimate 5-7c/km would be the right price.


Read more: Three charts on: why congestion charging is fairer than you might think


Surveys show over 70% of commuters could switch to other times of the day and still use their cars if keen to avoid the distance-based charge. Our modelling suggests this would deliver an 8% improvement in travel times. That's equivalent to school holiday periods and the shift we've seen from the increase in working from home.

It is likely this shift would only increase in a world where working from home means people can work more flexibly.

An alternative strategy to keep congestion low, even if our love for private car travel increases, centres on incentives rewards similar to those used by supermarkets or airlines.

Why not create incentives like loyalty points for drivers willing to switch to off-peak car use or to public transport? Drivers' decisions could be tracked via GPS, and resulting reward points converted to cash payments or discounts on travel and other non-transport-related purchases.


Read more: Coronavirus recovery: public transport is key to avoid repeating old and unsustainable mistakes The Conversation


Travel post-COVID-19: alternative views from leading academics.
Travel post-COVID-19: Q&A session.

David Hensher, Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney and Matthew Beck, Associate Professor in Infrastructure Management, University of Sydney

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Adelaide COVID-19 cluster grows to 17, states introduce border controls

Adelaide COVID-19 cluster grows to 17, states introduce border controls

Update : Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, and Victoria have introduced border controls to travellers from South Australia this morning, but with different cut-off times and degrees of severity.

A COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide's northern suburbs has grown to 17 cases overnight sparking concerns about community transmission of the virus.

It comes after Western Australia immediately tightened its border to South Australians yesterday afternoon, within 1.5 days of reopening. Tasmania and the Northern Territory have both followed suit, while Queensland will declare all of Adelaide a COVID-19 "hotspot".

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has also designated South Australia as a COVID-19 "hotspot" but will not close his border to the state.

On the other hand, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has decided to keep her state's borders open to visitors from the Festival State.

The cluster has forced the closure of a number of businesses and schools as health workers scramble to trace contacts.

So far a Hungry Jack's in Port Adelaide, a primary school in Mawson Lakes, Thomas Moore College in Salisbury Downs, Parafield Plaza supermarket and an aged care facility have been shut down.

A number of public health alerts for other businesses, bus stops, and the Mantra hotel in the CBD have been issued today.

Speaking to ABC Radio Adelaide this morning, SA's chief public health officer Professor Nicola Suprrier said the growth of the cluster is "very serious".

"We had a lot of pathology testing done yesterday," Professor Spurrier told the broadcaster.

"We just kept getting positives coming off the machine."

Fifteen of the new cases are part of a family cluster linked to a worker in an Adelaide medi-hotel.

"We haven't got the genomics yet, but I'm absolutely certain it has come from a medi-hotel," Professor Spurrier told the ABC.

Two of the cases work in aged care and another works at the Port Adelaide Hungry Jack's restaurant.

Of yesterday's cases one is a woman in her 80s who tested positive at the Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) emergency department on Saturday 14 November.

As such, SA Health has asked anyone who was in the LMH emergency department between 5.30pm Friday 13 November and 4am Saturday 14 November who has not been contacted by SA Health should self-quarantine immediately.

In addition, anyone who was at Parafield Plaza Supermarket on Thursday 12 November between 10.30am and 11.30am should monitor for symptoms and get tested as soon as they appear.

The cases are the first instances of community transmission in SA since 15 April.

SA Health has established a mobile COVID-19 testing clinic in Parafield, open from 8am to 6pm all week.

States and territories introduce border controls

In response to the outbreak Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have essentially shut borders to South Australians.

South Australians coming into WA will have to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival in the state and self-quarantine for 14 days in a "suitable premise", bringing SA visitors in line with those from New South Wales and Victoria.

Travellers on a Qantas flight from Adelaide to Perth on Sunday will also be required to comply with the new orders.

The NT has declared SA a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning those arriving in the Territory must self-isolate for 14 days.

TAS's new border controls have been retroactively applied to Monday 9 November, with the state's Premier Peter Gutwein asking all those currently in the state from SA to self-isolate.

For new arrivals into TAS from SA they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a residence or in a hotel room.

TAS is not elevating SA to "medium risk", the category VIC currently sits in, but will be monitoring the situation as the day progresses.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her state will stay open to travellers from SA, saying that other leaders need to have confidence in health officials to get outbreaks under control.

"At this stage we need to accept that we live with the virus, and imagine if there was a similar outbreak in New South Wales - we'd be arguing that that's no reason to cut off New South Wales from the rest of the country," Berejiklian said.

"We need to have confidence in our own systems and those in other states."

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has designated South Australia as a COVID-19 hotspot, but it is not closing its borders.

Instead, visitors from SA will be interviewed when they arrive and may be tested for COVID-19. 

Queensland health authorities will declare all of Adelaide a COVID-19 "hotspot" from 11.59pm today.

As a result, anyone coming into Queensland who has been in South Australia since Monday of last week will need to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days. 

Public health alerts issued

If you visited any of the below locations duration the listed times, you do not need to self-quarantine but you should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms appear.

Bus 500 from Salisbury Bus Interchange

  • Friday 13 November,  6.30 am to 7.40 am
  • Thursday 12 November,  6.30 am to 7.40 am
  • Wednesday 11 November,  6.30 am to 7.40 am
  • Tuesday 10 November,  6.30 am to 7.40 am
  • Monday 9 November,  6.30 am to 7.40 am

Bus 502 from Internode Adelaide bus stop on Grenfell Street

  • Friday 13 November,  4.15 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Thursday 12 November,  4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Monday 9 November,  10.30 am to 11.30 am

Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from bus stop near train station

  • Tuesday 10 November,  5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Saturday 7 November,  5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Bus 411 from Salisbury Bus Interchange

  • Monday 9 November,  11.30 am to 11.45 am

Salisbury Bus Interchange

  • Monday 9 November,  11.30 am to 12.00 am
  • Saturday 7 November,  6.30 pm

Elizabeth Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 8 November,  11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Harris Scarf, Elizabeth Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 8 November,  11.00 am to 12.30 pm
  • Hollywood Plaza Surgery
  • Saturday 14 November,  10.00 am to 11.00 am
  • Friday 13 November,  7.15 am to 7.20 am
  • Friday 3 November, 7.15 am to 7.20 am

Woolworths, Hollywood Plaza

  • Saturday 14 November,  10.00 am to 11.00 am
  • Friday 13 November,  10.00 am to 12.00 pm

The Aquadome, 1 Crockerton Road Elizabeth

  • Saturday 14 November,  11.00 am to 1.30 pm

Hungry Jacks, 321 Commercial Road Port Adelaide

  • Saturday 14 November,  12.00 am to 2.30 am
  • Friday 13 November,  7.30 pm to 12.00 am

Mantra on Frome

  • Friday 13 November,  7.40 am to 3.45pm
  • Thursday 12 November,  7.30 am to 4.00 pm

Salisbury City Fruit Bowl, Salisbury

  • Friday 13 November 10.00 am to 10.15 am

Ekam Indian Groceries, Enfield Plaza

  • Friday 13 November,  1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Parafield Plaza Supermarket

  • Thursday 12 November,  10.30 am to 11.30 am

Star Discount Chemist, Hollywood Plaza

  • Saturday 14 November, 10.00 am to 11.00 am

Mint Leaf Lounge, 6/121-131 Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes

  • Thursday 12 November, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Updated at 9.32am AEDT on 16 November 2020.

South Australia opening Victorian border from 1 December

South Australia opening Victorian border from 1 December

South Australia will remove its border restrictions to Victorians from midnight on 1 December.

According to SA Premier Steven Marshall the decision to take down the border was made following an assessment of the COVID-19 situation in VIC.

"This will be a huge relief to people as we head into December," Marshall said.

"We've always said we don't want to keep the restrictions in place for one day longer than we need to, but we have had to have this border arrangement in place, and it has been our first line of defence and kept South Australia safe and strong."

"Victoria has done extraordinarily well, and that means Australia is in a much better position."

It comes as Western Australia is opening its borders to most of the country at midnight tonight, excluding those travelling from VIC or New South Wales who will have to complete two weeks of quarantine on arrival.

Premier Marshall has flagged the further easing of restrictions within SA which will be announced next Tuesday following a Transition Committee meeting.

"We will be making advice which will ease those restrictions across a range of venues and activities," he said.

"Once that is done, it is very likely that those restrictions will be in place for some time."

Updated at 3.16pm AEDT on 13 November 2020.

Queensland to ease a raft of restrictions from next Tuesday

Queensland to ease a raft of restrictions from next Tuesday

At 4pm next Tuesday, 17 November, a number of COVID-19 restrictions will ease in Queensland allowing more patrons to pack into a variety of different venues.

Of note is the major relaxation of restrictions on venues like pubs, restaurants and clubs, with the state to implement the one person per two square metre rule, effectively doubling the number of patrons allowed in a venue at any one time.

Gatherings inside homes and public spaces will see the maximum capacity rise form 40 to 50 people, and weddings will be allowed to have 200 people in attendance with dancing permitted for all those celebrating.

Funerals will also see the maximum capacity increase to 200 people in attendance.

Open air stadiums will see capacities increase from 75 per cent to 100 per cent, which Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says will allow for a full Suncorp Stadium at the upcoming State of Origin match on 18 November.

For indoor events that are seated and ticketed the state government has increased the capacity cap from 50 per cent to 100 per cent on the condition that patrons wear masks on entry and exit.

Performers at these shows can reduce the distance from the audience from four metres to two metres, except for choirs which must remain four metres away from the audience.

For outdoor events with a COVID Safe checklist up to 15,000 people may attend.

Music festivals will also become viable with the state to allow outdoor dancing.

"There is more good news for Queensland because we have done such a wonderful job," Palaszczuk said.

"Other countries are experiencing third waves with increasing numbers of daily cases.

"Queenslanders are able to enjoy our Queensland way of life and we have to keep up the good work."

Updated at 2.26pm AEDT on 13 November 2020.

PM flags Queensland opening by Christmas

PM flags Queensland opening by Christmas

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated Queensland is now part of the framework for a national reopening by Christmas, although the Western Australian Government has still not agreed to the scheme.

Following the National Cabinet meeting the Prime Minister noted the Sunshine State had agreed to the framework, having previously been in caretaker mode.

"That is a plan to have Australia open by Christmas with the exception of Western Australia," Morrison said.

"It also is a plan that importantly embeds public health metrics in ensuring that when Australia open safely, that it remains open safely, and that's incredibly important."

Queensland is currently open to travellers from anywhere in Australia except Victoria and Greater Sydney.

Speaking at a press conference shortly after the Prime Minister's announcement Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the "national aspiration to have the borders open before Christmas".

"In relation to Victoria we're very encouraged with what's happening down there, and we will be looking very closely at the end of the month at Victoria and also New South Wales," she said.

"There may be some hotspots. [Chief Health Officer] Dr [Jeannette] Young will assess this at the end of the month, but we are very encouraged with what we are seeing in Victoria at this stage.

Western Australia, having recently hit the milestone of seven months with no community transmission of COVID-19, will be open to most states and territories tomorrow but will still require a fortnight of quarantine for those entering from Victoria or New South Wales.

The Prime Minister also announced the publication of Australia's National Contact Tracing Report, which had attracted the interest of US President-Elect Joe Biden and will be sent to his team soon.

Scott Morrison was optimistic about Victoria's potential to open up to receive international flights, and he plans to discuss the matter with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in Melbourne next week.

Such a reopening would boost the country's capacity to bring more Australians home, but the PM said the opportunity to receive international students through quarantine arrangements still hadn't presented itself.

"It's Australians coming home first. That is the Commonwealth policy, that is our policy, and that is the policy that is also being followed by the National Cabinet," he said.

"We need to use every available space that we have in quarantine.

"We need to continue to be careful, and we will be, so sadly that will delay any ability to be bringing international students to Australia soon."

All National Cabinet members also endorsed a national vaccine strategy today. 

Updated at 1:09pm AEDT on 13 November.

 

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