Burke Shire Council

Burke Shire Declared Pandemic Zone Entry Permit Burke Shire Declared Pandemic Zone Entry Permit

Please see information below in relation to access to the Burke Shire during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Essential travel:

In accordance with the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020, essential activity in a designated area means any of the following:

a) providing any of the following for the benefit of one or more persons in the area:

(i) health care;

(ii) education;

(iii) services relating to prevention of, or recovery from, domestic violence;

(iv) services relating to child protection;

(v) policing services;

(vi) emergency services;

(vii)essential services of a kind typically provided by local government, such as rubbish collection;

(viii) services, benefits, programs or facilities that the Chief Executive Centrelink has the function of providing;

b) providing correctional services in relation to one or more persons in the area;

c) providing funerary services in the area;

d) conducting, or taking part in, a sitting of a court or tribunal in the area;

e) operating, maintaining, repairing or replacing:

(i) equipment for providing electricity, gas, water, medical services, telecommunications services or broadcasting services; or

(ii) other essential infrastructure in the area;

f) delivering food, fuel, mail or medical supplies in the area;

g) obtaining medical care or medical supplies in the area;

h) continuing the construction in the area of housing or transport infrastructure that was in progress immediately before the commencement of this instrument;

i) carrying out mining operations, or operations ancillary to mining operations, in the area in a manner that is agreed with a human biosecurity officer so as to minimise the extent to which other persons in the area are exposed to the persons carrying out those operations;

j) transporting freight to or from a place in the area;

k) carrying out commercial primary production in the area in a manner that is agreed with a human biosecurity officer so as to minimise the extent to which other persons in the area are exposed to the persons carrying out the production.

Due to frequent changes with the permit system, please email permits@burke.qld.gov.au to obtain the latest documentation required for permits.

Non-essential travel:

If you travel is not for any of the reasons listed above, it is considered non-essential travel. For all non-essential travel queries, please email permits@burke.qld.gov.au with contact details and reason for travel. Council will then contact you direct to discuss.

Medical or dental travel:

For all medical or dental travel enquiries please contact Burketown Clinic for information.