Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

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​COVID-19 restrictions for weddings and events 

Maranoa Regional Council would like to remind residents of the current COVID-19 restrictions in place for weddings and events. Different restrictions apply to weddings and to events.

Weddings (held on private property)

Currently in Queensland, weddings (ceremonies and receptions) are affected by the two public health directions below:

  1. Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 4) – Effective from 2 September 2020, and
  2. Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 5) – Effective from 24 July 2020.

Maranoa Regional Council is currently in a non-restricted Local Government Area where a maximum of 30 people would be permitted to attend a wedding ceremony and reception at a private property if there is no COVID Safe Plan in place.

Under the current Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 5) wedding ceremonies and receptions held at private properties may have up to 100 people in attendance, but only if a business is engaged to manage the event and is operating under an approved COVID Safe Plan. For example, a catering company or event manager is operating under the Weddings Industry COVID Safe Plan.

If a wedding reception is held at a venue which is already operating under an Industry COVID Safe Plan (for example, a restaurant operating under the COVID Safe Industry Plan for food services), the number of attendees will be limited to the capacity of the venue.

Only businesses can operate under a COVID Safe Plan, these are not available to individuals.

Please remember, guests are not allowed to dance at a wedding.

Events

Queensland's Chief Health Officer has approved the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events, which facilitates the resumption of events held by businesses in Queensland under Stage 3 of the Roadmap to easing restrictions. Events may also be staged in Queensland in compliance with an approved COVID Safe Plan. Event organisers should identify whether an existing approved plan is applicable to their event.

Approved Plans are not for use by individual members of the public. These plans are specifically for business use only.

Where the event is outside of the scope of an existing approved plan, the planned event must be hosted in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Events up to 500 people: can proceed by following COVID Safe Event Checklist.
  • Events with 500 to 10,000 people: develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit to 
    COVID19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au​ for approval by the local Public Health Unit.
  • Events of more than 10,000 people: develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit to 
    COVID19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au for approval by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.

Organisers of events larger than 500 people and operating in compliance with an existing approved COVID Safe Plan must notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event taking place by emailing COVID19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au. Details of the information to be included in this notification can be found at here.

For more information please visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/ or contact 134 COVID (13 42 68).

Council Facilities Open

Council has reopened the following facilities:

  • All parks
  • All playgrounds
  • All skate parks
  • All outside gyms
  • All libraries
  • All art galleries
  • The Big Rig and Visitor Information Centre
  • Injune, Surat and Mitchell Visitor Information Centres
  • Cobb and Co Store Museum
  • Roma PCYC 
  • All Halls
  • Bassett Park Facilities
  • Roma Cultural Centre Auditorium
  • Mitchell, Surat and Wallumbilla Showground Facilities
  • Surat Warroo Sporting Complex 
  • Mitchell RSL & Combined Sports Club
  • Community Hub Training Room​

Council will continue to monitor these facilities and undertake frequent cleaning and disinfecting measures.

Residents are asked while at these facilities to continue social distancing, observe good hygiene practices and not to visit facilities if sick.

Further information regarding Maranoa Libraries:

  • Public access for computer use will be by booking only. Residents are able to book a one hour session per day by contacting their local library.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Please note:
To comply with the Queensland Government's directives, Council facilities are only able to accommodate a certain number of customers:
  • Maximum number of people for a facility at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule
  • For smaller venues below 200 square metres, facilities can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time.​

In addition, as part of social distancing requirements, Council will not be issuing any non-essential street stall permits until further notice.

Examples of non-essential street stalls include:

  • Selling of raffle tickets
  • Stalls selling items.

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. 

 Roadmap to easing Queensland's restrictions 

The latest changes effective as at 22 August 2020.

Gatherings in private homes and public spaces will be restricted to a maximum of 30 people.  These limits do not apply to business operating under a COVID Safe plan. 

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​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.​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

​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.​

Australian Government​Queensland Government​
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Other links:
​-  Travel a​dvice​​-  ​Health advice

-  Resources including posters and factsheets

-  Health advice translated into several resources

- Advice on economic assistance for affected industries and small business

- COVID Safe Businesses 


Other resources:

For information about restrictions for sporting grou​ps and Returning to Play, please visit the Queensland Government's website here.  ​




   
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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.

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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 Support

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.​

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COVID-19 Safe Connections ​



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. ​
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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.

Government assistance

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.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has a schedule of upcoming webinars as well as recordings of past sessions available for businesses responding to COVID-19 issues.

Services Australia: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/

Information on the delivery of government payments and services.  (Centrelink, Medicare, Child support, one off payments etc.)  

Industry Associations

  • 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.  

Health Alerts

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.  

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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. ​

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