AS PART of its new critical supply strategy, the Queensland government will expand Townsville’s warehouse with a reserve of personal protective gear and critical health supplies for the state.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the implementation of the Queensland Government Critical Supply Reserve Strategy would protect against future supply chain disruption by addressing key learnings from systemic global market failure seen at the peak of the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed pressure on PPE stocks across the world,” Mr Miles said.

“Queensland was prepared, and we have managed well so far but we want to make sure that no matter the situation, our health workforce has the protection they need.

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“Our doctors, nurses, emergency workers and other frontline staff deserve to have access to the necessary supplies and equipment to keep them safe and ensure they can care for the community.”

This expansion in Townsville will double the size of the current location, to house vital supplies including masks, gowns and gloves.

Procurement for the QGCSR will include a commitment of up to 25% of locally manufactured PPE.

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