An investigation into Jason Costigan’s travel to Cooktown has ended.
An investigation into Jason Costigan’s travel to Cooktown has ended.

Verdict in on Costo’s coronavirus travel

A POLICE investigation into Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan’s travel to Far North Queensland last month has found “insufficient evidence” that he breached any coronavirus restrictions.

A statement released by Queensland Police Service this afternoon said investigations had been finalised and there was “insufficient evidence to commence a prosecution in relation to an offence under the Biosecurity Act 2015”.

Mr Costigan came under fire when he travelled to Cooktown, which has been in lockdown since March 27, to announce the appointment of his party’s Cook candidate Desmond Tayley.

Cooktown residents voiced their concern over his visit and questioned why he had travelled to the area during coronavirus restrictions.

However, Mr Costigan maintained throughout the investigation that he had the correct approvals needed to visit the area.

“I’ve not had a phone call from the police, and I don’t expect to receive a call from the police,” he said last month.

“I was allowed in because of the nature of my work, following advice from the QPS.

“We had the necessary paperwork, which we had organised two days before entry, hence there was no issue with the QPS going in and no issue with the QPS going out and furthermore, no issue with the QPS in Cooktown.”