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COVID-19 Pandemic - Call for shorter route emergency vehicular barge ramps at Russell, Macleay and Pimpama Islands

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ian Olsson
Russell Island Development Association Inc
73/350 Boundary Road
THORNLANDS QLD 4164

Total Signatures - 157

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 23/03/2020

Closing Date: 1/05/2020

Tabled Date: 19/05/2020

Responded By: Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP on 15/06/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that the Russell Island Development Association Inc. makes an urgent call for emergency vehicular barge ramps to be built at Cross Street, Macleay Island, Rocky Point, Russell Island and Woongoolba on Pimpama Island to limit the spread of the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This will provide shorter vehicular barge access to the islands where many travelling in their cars on vehicular barges will otherwise be seated in 200 capacity passenger ferries where they have a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.  Coincidentally it will alleviate the pressure of parking at Redland Bay and give many more islanders convenience of parking at home as expounded in two related petitions 3096-19 tabled on 11 June 2019 and 3161.19 tabled on 15 November 2019.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to support the development of emergency vehicular barge ramps at Cross Street Macleay Island and at Rocky Point on Russell Island and Little Rocky Point North, Woongoolba on Pimpama Island. Both are mentioned by GHD in its Southern Moreton Bay Islands Water Transport Alternative Route Study commissioned by Redland City Council which is being currently reviewed. The islands are remote area and as such immediate Federal government infrastructure funding can be sought for this project to be progressed as a matter of urgency.