Queensland Police Service Mackay District Superintendent Glenn Morris.
Queensland Police Service Mackay District Superintendent Glenn Morris.

Police dish out $86,000 in fines for breaking rules

MORE than $86,000 in fines have been issued across the Mackay police district to residents flouting the Queensland Chief Health Officer's directions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But of the 65 infringement notices issued, none have been for residents violating strict isolation or quarantine orders.

"What we have seen is over 50 per cent of those infringements have resulted in people having parties in their residences," Mackay police district Superintendent Glenn Morris said.

"And a number of people have been given infringement notices from one location.

"But by and large, the compliance by members of the public in the Mackay police district has been very good."

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Most fines have been issued in the Whitsundays area, which falls under the Mackay police district that also incorporates the entire Mackay and Isaac local government areas.

Eight people on a party boat off the coast of Airlie Beach were fined in an incident Supt Morris said had been rare since restrictions were enforced.

The first fine issued in the district was on April 1.

Supt Morris said police were actively working with the Public Health Unit to ensure compliance with isolation and quarantine notices.

"Police officers are working with the Public Health Unit undertaking compliance checking, and that is ongoing," he said.

"Compliance has been very good, and that is very reassuring. The monitoring and compliance checking will continue.

"If you are subject to a self-isolation or a quarantine notice, police will continue to assist the Public Health Unit with that compliance."



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