CORONAVIRUS

24 March 2020                                                 HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY                                                 Page 585

CORONAVIRUS

The Hon. G.G. BROCK (Frome) (15:13): My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Can the minister advise the house what precautions and assurances can be given to regional communities that have overseas vessels berthing as to the risk of those members on these vessels being cleared of the coronavirus before being able to disembark and mingle with the general community? With your leave, Mr Speaker, and that of the house I will explain a bit further. Leave granted.

The Hon. G.G. BROCK: Port Pirie, as with other regional ports, has numerous vessels berthing from various overseas and coastal locations both to load and offload various commodities. The seamen visit the community, in particular supermarkets, to obtain fresh vegetables and fruit when available, which is causing great concerns with both the retail staff and the general public.

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:14): I thank the member for the question. It’s a very serious question. I will get an answer to the member as urgently as we will be capable of doing so, provide it to the member and find some mechanism to make sure that advice is publicly available potentially earlier than the usual question on notice channels would allow.

7 April 2020              In reply to the Hon. G.G. BROCK (Frome) (24 March 2020).  

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (MorialtaMinister for Education): The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development has advised the following:  

Measures and protocols are being put in place by Flinders Port Holdings to protect the South Australian community while ensuring our ports remain fully operational for necessary trade, including of agricultural produce.  

In line with Australian and state government border restrictions, the is a 14-day exclusion period for all international vessels intended to arrive less than 14 days from their last port of call before arriving in Australia. This also applies to vessels where international crew have joined and been on board for less than 14 days from their last port of call.  

Crew are to be restricted to their individual ships and no shore leave is to be granted unless exceptional circumstances (such as a medical emergency) warrant such an exemption. Ship’s crew will be permitted to come onto the wharf to perform their normal functions but will be restricted to the vessel and the working quay line adjacent to the vessel.  

If a crew member is required to disembark for critical vessel duties alongside, then they are required to wear appropriate protective gear (including a face mask, glasses and gloves), practise good hand hygiene and minimise their contact with port staff.  

All crew arriving from international destinations are required to have completed a 14 day self-isolation period in line with the Australian government self-isolation requirements. Exceptions to these restrictions may only be applied by the Australian Border Force, which would only be in exceptional circumstances.