Moorabool Council wants the Queensland Government and their Chief Health Officer to remove the shire’s name from its list of three declared COVID19 ‘hotspots’ in Victoria.
As of this morning (Wednesday June 3) Moorabool has recorded three cases – none of them now active.
Moorabool locals entering Queensland without self-isolating for 14-days face a $13,300 fine.
The Melton (43 cases, 2 active) and Wyndham (53 cases, 2 active) Local Government areas are also listed as hotspots.
Not listed are areas such as the City of Melbourne (106 cases, 12 active).
“There is a lot of confusion as to how Moorabool ended up on this list,” Mayor David Edwards said.
“But we’re calling on the Queensland Government to check the map again as they must have confused our Shire with another.”
In a statement, the Queensland Chief Health Officer stood by the decision saying it was due to an outbreak at Cedar Meats in Brooklyn which is 44km from Bacchus Marsh and more than 100km from some parts of the Shire.
Brooklyn straddles the cities of Maribynong (16 cases, 0 active), Brimbank (73 cases, 8 active) and Hobsons Bay (19 cases, 1 active).
“Once any border restrictions are eased and people start traveling intestate again, we’d love to welcome Queenslanders to come and have a hike in our state parks and gorges, enjoy a red wine at one of our wineries, enjoy our art trails and have a coffee at one of our many cafes,” Cr Edwards said.
“I’d encourage Queensland government officials to check out our #MyMoorabool campaign that will give them a little taste of what Moorabool has to offer.
“They can see by googling a map of Victoria we’re out of the city, have no COVID-19 clusters and are a perfect distance from Melbourne and the airport for a great day out.
“In all seriousness, being named on this list has caused some confusion and anger in our community and we ask that Queensland has another look at its reasoning behind creating its hotspots and, if they need such a list, to ensure it is an accurate reflection of where there are COVID-19 clusters.”
** Queensland’s hotspot list…