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Port City floated as possible quarantine hub


Gladstone is being touted as a possible quarantine hub for returning overseas travellers.

From October, the State Government will start bringing home 1,000 stranded Australians each week, stuck overseas due to the health pandemic.

The Queensland Government is working through options for quarantine hubs for international arrivals, including in regional Queensland.

Gladstone has been suggested as a location, but in a statement on Facebook, Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said no CBD motels are being considered.

"The people returning are Queenslanders and are just trying to get home.

"These people are families and friends who want to get back home.

"Some of these people have been trying to get flights home for months and have had them cancelled.

He said hotel quarantine was very closely managed by Queensland Police Service and Queensland Health, with assistance from Australian Defence Force personnel, to ensure proper support, monitoring and supervision of quarantined people and keep the community safe.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said support from Council had not been formally requested at this stage.

"The final decision will be one for Queensland Health.

"If required council and the local Disaster Management Group, at a district level, would be engaged to help support the Queensland government's response under a multi-agency approach."