Queensland Health remains silent while Scenic Rim mayor calls for calm

FEAR: Kooralbyn residents are fearful of any arrangement between Queensland Health the Ramada Resort, with many blaming lack of clear communication from the government. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
FEAR: Kooralbyn residents are fearful of any arrangement between Queensland Health the Ramada Resort, with many blaming lack of clear communication from the government. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE state government has still not provided comment on the Ramada Resort's announcement of a deal to lodge travellers who may have come into contact with the novel coronavirus at Kooralbyn.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said he was putting together final arrangements for a community briefing on the issue tomorrow afternoon.

"I am just finalising the time and location but there should be a notice out some time this afternoon or first thing tomorrow morning," he said.

"We are also coordinating to have Queensland Health join me in Kooralbyn for a conversation with residents.

"This will not be about the resort. For me, I am coming to hold a conversation because it's about my community.

"I will be very focused on what will be discussed and what won't be. Let's take a chill pill and look in practical terms at what Queensland Health is trying to achieve."

Meanwhile state MP Jon Krause said he had written to premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and also asked for a response from Queensland Health to no avail.

"The only briefing I've had is from a police officer," he said.

"It has been nearly four days now, you would think they would be able to muster up some sort of a response and let people know what is going on. I mean, how many times do you have to ask?"

Mr Krause's letter to Annastacia Palaszczuk read, in part:

"On behalf of the residents of Kooralbyn, I am calling on the government to abandon any plans to isolate potential carriers of the Coronavirus at the Ramada Resort, Kooralbyn.

"Before getting to the substance of the matter, I want to express my utter disgust at the appalling way in which Kooralbyn residents, and myself, were informed about these plans, and your government's contempt shown for the people of Kooralbyn. We were treated to this information by a post on the Facebook site of the Ramada Resort, Kooralbyn, at approximately 9pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

"Yes, that's right - a Facebook post from a private resort operator informed all of us that people who may have been exposed to (and therefore might be carrying) the Coronavirus could be isolated in Kooralbyn.

"Where was Queensland Health, or anybody else in the Queensland government, in bringing forth this information?

"Over the weekend, I have been inundated with phone calls and emails from concerned residents, wondering what is going on. On their behalf, I am conveying to you their concerns and objections to this proposal.

"I would add that the lack of transparency, the lack of announcement and your government's utter failure to disseminate information has resulted in increased anxiety, fear, confusion and anger in the Kooralbyn and local community. You have willingly allowed false information to be circulated and to this point, have still failed to publicly confirm/deny/provide information."

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