Q Shelter Bulletin
Monday, 2 August 2021
Qld lockdown extended
From Q Shelter's Executive Director, Fiona Caniglia
As you would be aware, 11 local government areas in SEQ are in lockdown until 4pm, Sunday 8 August 2021. There are emerging cases of community transmission and the situation is being closely monitored and reported by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
Housing and Homelessness Services have activated the emergency response (EHAR) system and are working with QPS and other key providers to address the immediate need for vulnerable persons who are unable to safely isolate through the lockdown period. The latest information is available by phoning the Homelessness Hotline on 1800 474 753.
This response extends through to all affected LGAs, with Regional Directors and Area Managers working with their local homelessness sector networks to ensure a rapid response.
As such, Regional Directors and Area Managers of each Housing Service Centre within the impacted region are key contact points if you are concerned about someone who can’t self-isolate because they are homeless. Please contact Q Shelter on 07 3831 5900 if you need more information on who to connect with.
From today, The Department will commence sector meetings to allow regular updates and appropriate cross-sector responses.
You can subscribe to Public Health Direction updates here. If you are seeking clarification on a Direction or have any questions, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68))
Yours sincerely,
Fiona Caniglia
Postponement of Dillabah Gardens Celebrations
It is with a heavy heart that we have had to postpone the Dillabah Gardens Open Day, Exhibition & Art Market. We know a lot of work has been done by services, artists, Harmonie Downes and especially by Gerard Bargo, artistic director, in planning the Exhibition which was due to launch on Friday 6 August.
It is such a hard decision, but as a community leader Gerard is clear that safety must come first. Gerard’s regret is very tangible but he also wants people to know that his main consideration is that everyone is safe.
At  Q Shelter we are committed to going forward in these ways:
  • We will continue to digitise the art works for display online
  • We will work with Gerard, Harmonie and our other partners to reschedule the Art Exhibition for later in the year.
If you are an artist we will be in contact with you shortly about details regarding your art work.
We join Gerard in expressing our disappointment but also our commitment to safety and to having this celebration at another time when it is safer for everyone. 
Thank you for your time, effort and commitment so far. We will stay in touch with news about the next steps.
Homelessness Week, happening now, is a timely reminder of both the great work happening in the sector and the need to continue our efforts to see every Queenslander with a home.
Q Shelter’s Skills in Action web series provides an opportunity to improve our responses through learning and engagement.
From 16-27 August, we will host 11 online events on a range of topics including the rise of citizen-led responses to homelessness, values-driven branding, and the ways homelessness impacts LGBTIQ+ populations. Learn more about the topics covered and register here.
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