The 21 councils of Western and North West Queensland are stepping up to monitor and restrict access to their communities.
With the threat of COVID-19 rising in Queensland, Western Queensland's leaders have made the move to restrict travel to protect locals and essential service workers and potential travellers.
The call comes as Robbie Katter wants the governments and mines to rein in FIFO work during the crisis.
Western Queensland's vast distances from major centres, a lack of resources and a high risk community makes it a vulnerable target and the impact would reach beyond the region which generates $9.35 billion of the State's Gross Product.
Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council, Jack Bawden said the region was COVID-19 free and hoped to keep it that way.
"Our local councils are doing everything they can to keep our communities safe, and are asking non-essential travellers to stay away or go home and be safe," Cr Bawden said.
"This is in-line with State and Federal government and health authority directives as we continue to work with them through our District Disaster Management Groups."
Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council, Rob Chandler said the move was heart-breaking following a successful year of Outback Tourism.
"The message from across the region is that we most definitely love you and want to see you again, but right now the health of all of us and the future of our communities and local economies is at stake." he said.
Electronic road signage is in place at key locations along major routes to give ample warning - such as notifications in Cloncurry and Julia Creek advising of only essential travel permitted into northern shires.
Shires on the State borders are also working with authorities to best manage access for essential travel including supplies and stock transport for properties on either side of the borders.
The Western Queensland Alliance of Councils members include the councils of the North West Regional Organisation of Councils, the Central West Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board, and South West Queensland Local Government Association.
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