In addition, as part of social distancing requirements, Council will not be issuing any non-essential street stall permits until further notice.
Please contact Council on 1300 007 662 if you require any information regarding these services whilst the above facilities are closed to the public.
Council appreciates your understanding as the safety of our community and teams is paramount at this time.
Maranoa Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) - COVID-19
Members of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) continue to meet to discuss the evolving COVID-19 situation.
To date there are no positive COVID-19 cases in the Maranoa area.
At a meeting on Wednesday, 25 March it was agreed that the Group move from the Alert stage to Lean Forward due to the increase in the number of overall COVID-19 cases in Australia and the new Australian and Queensland Government restrictions.
Under the Lean Forward stage, the LDMG continue to meet on a regular basis.
Members of the relevant agencies continue to monitor the situation, and any further advice from the Australian and Queensland Governments.
The Group is maintaining regular contact with supermarkets, fuel suppliers and pharmacies across the region to monitor current stock and assess availability and continuity of supplies.
The LDMG and Council will continue to communicate with the community on further impacts.
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms.
The situation is changing rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread.
Click below for more information about COVID-19.
Chief Health Officer Public Health Directives
All of the Queensland Chief Health Officer public health directives can be viewed here.
For public health directive enquiries/complaints in response to the COVID-10 pandemic (including complaints about persons who are breaching their quarantine or self-isolation directions), please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
Download the COVIDSafe App
With the focus on the COVID response now shifting to domestic outbreaks containment in local communities, the Australian Government has released an app to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The COVIDSafe app will be able to find and contain outbreaks quickly and will mean the Australian and Queensland Governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australia safe.
Downloading the COVIDSafe app is something we can all do to protect ourselves, our family and friends and save the lives of other Australians.
Domestic outbreaks if left uncontained have the potential to spread fast and overwhelm local health systems, highlighting the importance of enhanced testing, tracing and rapid containment health responses when outbreaks occur.
Businesses collecting and storing customer information during COVID-19
Collecting and storing information about customers is a standard practice for many businesses. For example, businesses commonly store and collect information when taking reservations, fulfilling orders, taking payments and confirming appointments.
Businesses are required to collect and store information in a way which complies with Australia’s privacy laws.
Additionally, the Queensland Chief Health Officer has powers under the Public Health Act 2005 to make any directions necessary to assist in containing, or responding to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
For more information, please click here: Factsheet COVID19 collecting and storing information.
Community Recovery Hotline
The State Department Communities, Disability Services & Seniors has activated the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 to assist vulnerable people in home quarantine to secure essential food or medicines who have no other means or mechanisms of support.
Additionally, the Community Recovery Hotline is a free call number to link seniors and other vulnerable Queenslanders to essential services and support. To access, please call 1800 173 349.
Community Recovery Fact Sheet
Join the Care Army – Queensland needs you!
A Care Army of professionals and volunteers will rally around Queensland's seniors, to help ensure the wellbeing of older people during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Care Army, being mobilised by the Queensland Government, is made up of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older people living in the community who may not have friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them.
To register to be part of the Care Army, please click here or call 1800 173 349.
Social distancing and quarantine may slow the spread of COVID-19, but being at home in a violent or unhealthy relationship may not be the safest option. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic or family violence, you are not alone. You can call the Lifeline Darling Downs Safe Connections team on 1800 991 443 (if living in South West Qld) or call the DV Connect 24/7 hotline on 1800 811 811 for support.
Assistance for Business
Maranoa Regional Council plays an important role in supporting business through this pandemic COVID-19. The following information provides links to government programs and assistance. It is important that you consult regularly as new programs and stimulus packages are announced daily.
Australian Government: https://www.business.gov.au
Queensland Government: https://www.business.qld.gov.au
Financial assistance, eligibility & support for Australian businesses affected by COVID-19.
Business may be eligible for:
- Increased instant asset write-off;
- Accelerated depreciation deductions (Backing Business Investment);
- Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme. Providing a guarantee of 50% to SME business lenders for new unsecured loans for working capital;
- Temporary cash flow support;
- Assistance to pay wages for apprentices and trainees;
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses;
- Payroll Tax support;
- Early access to superannuation;
- Job keeper payment – Follow the links on the Australian Government web site and register your interest. Updates will be sent as they come available.
Services Australia: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/
Information on the delivery of government payments and services. (Centrelink, Medicare, Child support, one off payments etc.)
- Chamber of Commerce Industry Queensland: https://www.cciq.com.au/
- Banks: The majority of Australian banks have announced various levels of support to their small business clients; deferring loans and payments, waiving merchant terminal fees and early redraw on term deposits. Consult your individual bank for their services.
- Rural Financial Business Counsellors: https://www.rfcssq.org.au/
Free impartial, confidential and responsive farm financial counselling for small rural related businesses.
- Maranoa Regional Council: http://www.maranoa.qld.gov.au/services/covid-19-health-alert
Information on local services including parks, libraries, swimming pools and other public spaces.
Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/
Rural and Regional Business Support
The Rural Financial Counselling Service SQ provides free, confidential, impartial, mobile financial counselling for small, medium and primary production businesses in financial hardship.
The RFCS Programme in Queensland is funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
RFCS have an experienced team servicing locations across Southern Queensland.
Read the March 2020 Newsletter for the latest information: https://mailchi.mp/rfcssq.org.au/march-2020
To get in touch with RFCS:
Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs
The Queensland Government announced a suite of economic initiatives, in partnership with the private sector, to reinvigorate the Queensland economy. The Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs is designed to help the State recover from COVID-19.
The strategy outlines Queensland's guiding principles for how we will get Queenslanders back to work. Click here to view the strategy and associated factsheets.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the latest for the Roma Saleyards?
Following further announcements from the Australian Government this week about local government community facilities, Maranoa Regional Council and the Roma Livestock Agents Association are taking additional proactive steps to limit the size of gatherings at Roma Saleyards Store Sales.
It is recognised that the Saleyards provide an essential service to the regional and Australian beef industry, and in these times it is particularly important that supplies to the market are maintained. Therefore, Roma Saleyards remains open for business and continues to encourage healthy competition with its weekly Tuesday Store Sales. However the increased measures are being introduced to ensure that only essential participants are onsite.
The health and wellbeing of registered buyers, agents and workers is our highest priority. To ensure their safety Maranoa Regional Council and Roma Livestock Agents Association are advising that entry to Roma Saleyards for sales will be limited to the following essential attendees:
- Essential agents
- Registered active buyers with genuine intention to purchase
- Saleyard workers (MRC staff, Contractors AAM Operations and Outcross Systems) and
- Transport coordinators (one representative from each company)
However, anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms are requested to stay away from the facility altogether.
Every attendee will be required to register their attendance to be permitted entry (including all workers). If an attendee's presence is deemed non-essential, entry will not be granted.
Attendees will enter the Saleyards through one entrance which will be located on the entry to the main catwalk near the Stud Stock Selling Arena. Once onsite, attendees must practise social distancing by creating a 1.5m distance from others, exercise good hygiene i.e. wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser (which has been placed in key locations).
Transport operators will continue to report to the Load In/Out Office where they will register their attendance when cattle are delivered.
Vendors will shortly be updated through the Roma Livestock Agents Association, and the community will be updated through Council's communication networks.
Additional measures include the availability of disposable gloves and masks for those interested. Increased cleaning will be undertaken during peak periods.
The Roma Saleyards eatery (dining area) will remain closed with take-away food available from the serving window (near the Interpretive Centre). The Roma Saleyards tours remain temporarily discontinued and the Interpretive Centre closed until further notice.
Maranoa Regional Council and Roma Livestock Agents Association welcomes active buyers to the cattle auctions. However other people onsite will be limited to essential attendees.
We recognise that the management of this pandemic is continually evolving, with measures that can sometimes change on a near-daily basis. We will continue to monitor and implement any recommendations and control measures advised by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
Free online entertainment via Maranoa Libraries
Libraries may be closed, however residents with a Maranoa library card can still access eBooks, movies, magazines and much more for free by following the instructions in the flyers below.
They can be accessed from your phone or computer.
For assistance, or to obtain a Maranoa library card, please contact your local library on 1300 007 662.