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The Latest information provided regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Travel Restrictions.

The Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council wishes to clarify the situation surrounding the recent media from the QLD Government about the relaxing of several restrictions across Queensland that will take effect as from midnight Friday 1 May 2020.

The community needs to be aware that Palm Island is controlled by the Commonwealth Biosecurity determination. We understand that this could be confusing for community residents however please be assured that we are working with the Queensland Government to ensure the messaging relating to the Indigenous Communities is very clear. 


The Palm Island Local Disaster Management Group received approval from the Bio Security Officer for a Virus Proof Fishing Zone, To allow Palm Island residents to undertake recreational boating (including fishing) while providing protection to the community from COVID-19. PALM ISLAND RESIDENTS BOATING ACTIVITY.


Latest update, Monday 11 May 2020, If you are a resident and stranded in Townsville and you have missed the cut off to register your name with housing, please read the below.


The revised processed aim is to simplify the application process for both applicants and approvers.


Step 1 - You MUST complete the Self Quarantine Request for Entry back into Palm Island.

Step 2 – submit your completed form to Council via email

Step 3 – you will receive an acknowledgement notification from Council.

  • Self-Quarantine Request for Entry received.

Step 4 – your form will be sent to the Townsville District Disaster Management Group (DDMG).

  • The Request Entry form will be sent DDMG to be reviewed for a decision.
  • You will be contacted by the DDMG with the details of the outcome.
  • The DDCC will continue to liaise with LDMG for local knowledge and input into the assessment process for entry into the Self-Quarantine Facility.

If you have travelled away from Palm Island after Saturday, 2 May 2020 you will need to go into quarantine for 14 days at your own expense before you can come back to Palm Island.

This does not include patients travelling with Joyce Palmer Health approval.

To ensure that we are aware of the number of people who are impacted by this situation and to assist in identifying a satisfactory location, it is requested that you register through the Department of Housing and Public Works by ringing the following phone numbers:

Queensland Health daily up-date and advice as of 15 May 2020.

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Palm Island Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), latest information.

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council (PIASC), on behalf of the Palm Island Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), advise that from Wednesday, 25 March 2020, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, due to Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), travel to Palm Island is restricted.

Once again, the Palm Island Local Disaster Management Group stresses to ALL community members that current travel restrictions and Chief Health Officer directions are intended for the safety of all of our community, particularly those that are vulnerable.  

Any person who decides not to comply with these requirements may be placing our people at risk”

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