Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert
Residents are asked while at Council facilities to continue social distancing, observe good hygiene practices and not to visit facilities if sick.
Council would like to inform residents that the new Queensland Government Mandatory Face Mask Direction has come into effect. This means face masks are to be worn at all times throughout Queensland airports, including Roma Airport.
This new Direction introduces the following requirements:
- Face masks are to be worn at all times throughout Queensland airports, both indoors and outdoors.
- Face masks are to be worn on domestic commercial flights in Queensland, including when the aircraft is landing at or taking off from a Queensland airport.
- Face masks are to be worn while an aircraft is in Queensland airspace.
- Transport drivers driving passengers to and from quarantine hotels to wear a mask while transporting passengers.
- People who have been directed to quarantine are to wear a face mask from the time they leave the airport until they arrive at their allocated room at a quarantine hotel.
- Face masks will not be mandatory for children under the age of 12, for persons with a particular medical condition or disability, or if it is not safe to do so.
For more information about Queensland's Public Health Directions please visit the Queensland Health website.
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.
- Know the signs and symptoms
- Stop the spread
- Information for older Australians
- Information for families and residents on restricted visits to residential aged care facilities
- Easy to use COVID-19 symptom checker
- 3 steps for household cleaning
- Do not enter poster for overseas travellers
- Public swimming/spa pools and COVID-19 fact sheet
- Facetime is the new realtime!
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands everyday
- Who is more at risk of becoming really sick from novel coronavirus
- Reduce risk - novel coronavirus
- COVID-Kindness - Neighbour Card
- Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people & communities
- Activity sheets for children
For information about restrictions for sporting groups and Returning to Play, please visit the Queensland Government's website here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 recordings of past sessions available for businesses responding to COVID-19 issues.
Stay up to date with the latest business and industry assistance from the Queensland and Australian Governments here.
Information on the delivery of government payments and services. (Centrelink, Medicare, Child support, one off payments etc.) Click here for more information.
- Chamber of Commerce Industry Queensland. Click here for more information
- 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. Click here for more information
Free impartial, confidential and responsive farm financial counselling for small rural related businesses.
- Maranoa Regional Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert – Maranoa Regional Council
Information on local services including parks, libraries, swimming pools and other public spaces.
Visit the Department of Health Website here.
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.
To get in touch with RFCS:
Call 07 46 225 500
Visit the RFCS Website here
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.
What is the latest for the Roma Saleyards?
Roma Saleyards confirms the easing of restrictions as the facility returns to business as usual.
Store Sale proceedings are back to normal with the exception of visitor tours.
Retired cattlemen continue to volunteer their time Tuesdays from 8am until 11am to answer visitors' questions about the saleyards and, more broadly, the cattle industry.
All attendees at the facility are asked to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
Residents with a Maranoa library card can access eBooks, movies, magazines and much more for free by downloading the following apps.
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.