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By Toby Crockford
July 29, 2020 — 7.14am
Queensland (locally KWEENZ-land, abbreviated as Qld, officially the State of Queensland) is a state of Australia. It is the second-largest and third-most populous Australian state. It is a federated state and a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi), Queensland is the world’s sixth-largest sub-national entity, and is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland’s geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climactic regions of its interior.
Queensland has a population of over 5.1 million, concentrated along the coast and particularly in South East Queensland. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city. Ten of Australia’s thirty largest cities are located in Queensland, with the largest outside Brisbane being the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba. The state’s population is diverse, with 28.9% of inhabitants being immigrants.Queensland was first inhabited by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon, the first European to land in Australia, explored the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula in 1606. In 1770, James Cook claimed the east coast of Australia for the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1788, Arthur Phillip founded the colony of New South Wales, which included all of what is now Queensland. Queensland was explored in subsequent decades, and the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement was established at Brisbane in 1824 by John Oxley. Queensland was separated from New South Wales on 6 June 1859 (now commemorated as Queensland Day), thereby establishing Queensland as a self-governing Crown colony with responsible government, named in honour of Queen Victoria. Queensland was among the six colonies which became the founding states of Australia with Federation on 1 January 1901. Since the Bjelke-Petersen era of the late 20th century, Queensland has received a high level of internal migration from the other states and territories of Australia and remains a popular destination for interstate migration.
Queensland has the third-largest economy among Australian states, with strengths in mining, agriculture, transportation, international education, insurance and banking. Nicknamed the Sunshine State for its tropical and sub-tropical climates, Great Barrier Reef and numerous beaches, tourism is also important to the state’s economy.
Queensland school closed after worker tests positive for COVID-19
A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students (or “pupils”) under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country (discussed in the Regional section below) but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university, but these higher education institutions are usually not compulsory.
In addition to these core schools, students in a given country may also attend schools before and after primary (Elementary in the US) and secondary (Middle school in the US) education. Kindergarten or preschool provide some schooling to very young children (typically ages 3–5). University, vocational school, college or seminary may be available after secondary school. A school may be dedicated to one particular field, such as a school of economics or a school of dance. Alternative schools may provide nontraditional curriculum and methods.
Non-government schools, also known as private schools may be required when the government does not supply adequate, or specific educational needs. Other private schools can also be religious, such as Christian schools, Gurukula,Hindu School, madrasa, hawzas (Shi’a schools), yeshivas (Jewish schools), and others; or schools that have a higher standard of education or seek to foster other personal achievements. Schools for adults include institutions of corporate training, military education and training and business schools.
In home schooling and online schools, teaching and learning take place outside a traditional school building. Schools are commonly organized in several different organizational models, including departmental, small learning communities, academies, integrated, and schools-within-a-school.
A private school employee in Logan, south of Brisbane, has returned a positive test for COVID-19 and forced the closure of the Parklands Christian College for cleaning on Wednesday.
The new infection takes the state’s total to six active cases and a total of 1077 Queenslanders has contracted the virus since the pandemic first reached the state on January 29.
Queensland school closed after worker tests positive for COVID-19
The latest confirmed case, identified only as a woman by health officials, tested positive late on Tuesday after returning from interstate last week and was in isolation on Wednesday.
“The school will temporarily close until further notification to allow for cleaning and work will commence on contact tracing,” Queensland Health said in a statement.
“[The department] is working to determine where the virus may have been acquired, including working with the woman to gather necessary information about places she may have visited whilst infectious.
“As always, we strongly recommend everyone with symptoms to immediately get tested. Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland.”
On its website, Parklands Christian College confirmed the school in the suburb of Park Ridge was closed on Wednesday.
National deputy chief health officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said Queensland Health’s response was “straight out of the play-book”.
However, he emphasised “one case is not a chain [of transmission]”.
“My take is that [the] Queensland Public Health Unit are doing precisely what needs to be done,” Dr Coatsworth said.
“The fact that it’s [the school] been closed, that a deep clean is being undergone, that there will be extensive testing and contact-tracing is straight out of the play-book.
“Of course, one case is not a chain [of transmission] and hopefully we’ll be able to get that under control as soon as possible.
“And we can see exactly the results of that in New South Wales where [there are] small numbers of cases every day, but they seem to be keeping it under control with only one or two unlinked chains of transmission.”
Dr Coatsworth said he was aware Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and state chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young were constantly looking at whether the state borders needed to be closed again.
“What we have seen is that we need to restrict movement across the country when there’s large amounts of COVID-19 in certain parts of it,” he said.
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Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times