OUR SAY: North Burnett journo reflects on the State Government’s decision regarding outback areas. Picture: Alex Treacy
OUR SAY: North Burnett journo reflects on the State Government’s decision regarding outback areas. Picture: Alex Treacy

OPINION: North Burnett classed as a city area?

EARLIER this month the State Government released its road map to easing coronavirus restrictions.

Part of this meant the state was divided up into outback and metropolitan Queensland areas.

When I found out our region was classed in the latter, it took me by surprise.

We have neighbouring shires such as Banana, Maranoa, and Balonne, who can enjoy the luxury of having up to 20 people in pubs and cafes at a time.

The fact that Biloela, which is only an hour away from Monto, can enjoy the luxury of relaxed restrictions compared to our region is disappointing.

It feels as if the State Government is using a blanket solution for several regions that could easily be considered as an outback area.

An abundance of paddocks, farms, and rural highways suggests to me we’re not a metropolitan area in the slightest.

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said pubs were the “heart and soul” of communities across the state, particularly in outback areas hit by drought in recent years.

The North Burnett was in fact drought declared in September 2019.

The fact that we missed out on the outback classification was unfortunate.

All I’m asking for is a bit of consistency.


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