The Fassifern Guardian asked the Queensland Health why the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley was chosen to house overseas travellers potentially exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms.
Why the decision was made without any formal notification or consultation with the Kooralbyn community and other communities in the Scenic Rim.
And whether Queensland Health envisaged that this decision would have a harmful impact on tourism in the Scenic Rim coming immediately after the fire and drought disasters.
We received the following response from a spokesperson from the State Government:
“There remains a low risk of contracting novel coronavirus in Queensland.
“People should not be alarmed and can continue to go about their daily lives unless they fall into one of the three categories requiring precautionary home-isolation:
- Anyone who has been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days;
- Anyone who was in mainland China on or since 1 February; or
- Those who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus
“Home-isolation is a precautionary measure which will help to contain the virus.
“The Government is continuing to look at every measure needed to ensure those who need to self-isolate can do so, including preparing options to isolate anyone who is not able to do so in their own home.”
There are currently no people requiring isolation at the Kooralbyn Resort.
Mayor Greg Christensen said he had been updated by Dr Jeannette Young, Queensland's Chief Health Officer.
“Queensland Health has been proactive and recognised the need for back up and alternatives for people who may not be able to support themselves appropriately for self-isolation,” he said in a press release.
“The Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley has been identified as offering a safe, secure, restive location for people in that circumstance and there is no increased risk for our community.
“At this time, I am advised that no self-isolating persons have taken up residence.
“As through other recent situations, my message for our community is to stay calm, but be alert. Ignore rumours and unqualified advice.”
Candidate for Mayor, John Brent, said the perception of having a Coronavirus quarantine in Kooralbyn could damage an already suffering tourism industry.
“We faced the disaster of fire and now we have this foisted on us?” Mr Brent said.
“We don’t need to add concerns that will impact jobs and residents, we don’t need further perceptions damaging our area.
“Where was the consultation with the community? and a belated release from the state government is less than satisfactory, we need some leadership at the local level.”