The Queensland Government’s decision to extend the suspension of curfews on overnight deliveries to supermarkets and essential businesses has been welcomed by NatRoad.
Queensland supermarkets and essential businesses can keep restocking their shelves 24 hours a day after laws introduced during the current pandemic were extended by the Queensland Government. Instead of expiring on 20 June 2020 they will now be in place until 31 October 2020.
Queensland’s planning legislation has been amended to:
- allow the Minister to decide when an essential business or use, for example supermarkets, should be able to operate and restock 24 hours per day, seven days a week, during an event such as the COVID-19 public health emergency, or other future disasters
- provide the opportunity for any person to seek relief from existing development application conditions or other operating constraints through a simple application to the state for a temporary use license made to the state
- introduce flexibility for the Minister to suspend or extend any of the statutory timeframes across the planning framework.
More details on the new provisions can be found online (https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/planning/planning-legislation-amendment.html)
CEO of NatRoad, Warren Clark said “The extended operational curfew in Queensland allows our industry to have more capacity and l flexibility to meet customer demands during this pandemic.
”However, these changes should be permanent. Laws that restrict the movement of goods on a 24/7 basis should be thrown out and become an historic relic. The law needs to keep up with developments in the real world where constraints on supply chains should be discarded.”