NSW, Queensland flood and weather live updates: Storm fears for communities north of Brisbane, new evacuation warnings for Sydney’s north-west

South-east Queensland school closures

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace says there are 139 schools – 64 state schools and 75 non-government schools – unable to open because of flooding or damage.

On Friday, schools in these south-eastern districts are only open to children of essential workers and children experiencing vulnerability:

• Brisbane City Council

• Bundaberg Council

• Fraser Coast Regional Council

• Ipswich City Council

• Moreton Bay Regional Council

• Noosa Shire council

• Sunshine Coast Council

• Lockyer Valley

• Somerset Regional Council

• City of Gold Coast Council

• Logan City Council

• Redland City Council

• Scenic Rim Regional Council

• Gympie Regional Council

• Wide Bay up to Bundaberg

Mr Grace said confusion yesterday over whether parents should collect their children early after an announcement from the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk about potential severe storm activity was quickly cleared up, defending the state’s messaging as based on Bureau of Meteorology advice.

An announcement that schools in the northern Moreton Bay region and further north would close early quickly saw Brisbane and other south-east Queensland schools also decide to close early.

“Schools are only open where safe to do so for children of essential workers and children experiencing vulnerability,” Ms Grace said on ABC Radio Brisbane.

“That [message] now is very clearly out there. “

Milton State School and Aviation High in Hendra are two schools closed today as they were completely flooded, Ms Grace said.

Full details on which schools are unable to open are available at closures.qld.edu.au

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