Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19

Gympie Regional Council is monitoring developments relating to Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) daily and assessing any potential impact on council services and events.

No core services at this stage have been impacted and we aim to maintain our current level of service to residents and businesses during this period. Should this change, we will notify residents immediately.

We take advice on all public health matters from the state and federal health departments.

 

Council offices

In response to the Federal Government’s social distancing laws, the following Council buildings are now closed:

  • 242 Mary Street office
  • Town Hall
  • Kilkivan Branch Office
  • The Pavilion
  • Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Gympie Regional Gallery
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Planning and Development reception.

Residents and customers are being urged to use phone (1300 307 800), email (council@gympie.qld.gov.au) and online services.

 

Gympie Regional Libraries

Gympie Regional Libraries to close in response to COVID-19

Gympie Regional Council wishes to advise that all of its 6 libraries will close to customers from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Due dates for returns will be extended to 30 June, however this return date may be extended for a further period if required.

Council is advising customers to hold onto their books until libraries re-open.

Council’s Online Library will remain available 24/7 for users and offers access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and music and video streaming services.

Residents without an existing membership can contact the library to apply online for a digital membership from Monday to access the digital collection.

Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings during normal operational hours.

The free Home Library service for the aged, frail or disabled will continue, with the delivery service capacity increasing in the coming weeks.  Council is also investigating other models for service provision.

All library programs, events and outreach services continue to be suspended until further notice. This includes Storytime sessions, Tech Savvy Seniors classes, Makerspace events, Tea and Trivia, craft groups, and all Council-run programs, events and outreach visits to schools, playgroups and childcare centres.

For more information or assistance to access to online services call Gympie Library on 5481 0859.

 

Gympie Civic Centre

The following events at the Gympie Civic Centre have been cancelled or postponed. If you have tickets to any of these shows and require a refund please contact Civic Centre box office on 07 5481 0980 between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday:

The East Pointers

Friday 20/03/2020

Harmony Day

Saturday 21/03/2020

Live and Local

Friday 27/03/2020

Ross Noble

Saturday 28/03/2020

(rescheduled to Tuesday 22/09/2020)

The Gympie District Show

Society Show Ball

Saturday 18/04/2020

Live and Local

Saturday 24/04/2020

ANZAC Day Luncheon

Saturday 25/04/2020

The Swingin’ Martinis

Wednesday 29/04/2020

The Gruffalo's Child

Friday 1/05/2020 – Saturday 2/05/2020

(rescheduled to Wednesday 28/10/2020)

Live and Local

Friday 22/05/2020

The Owl and the Pussycat

Friday 5/06/2020

Live and Local

Friday 19/06/2020

Skate parks and Playgrounds

In line with the Federal Government’s social distancing requirements, Gympie Regional Council has closed all outdoor playgrounds and skate parks around the region as of Monday 30 March 2020.  

 

Non-commercial camping grounds and RV Parks

Below is the list of Council's non-commercial camping grounds and RV Parks that are now closed:

  • Kandanga RV Park
  • Carters Ridge
  • Mary Fereday Park
  • Marg McIntosh Park
  • Dickabram Park 
  • Weir Oval 
  • Rail corridor land behind Kilkivan RSL.
  • Kinbombi Falls

 

Salmon Lookout, Mount Wolvi

In line with closures and restrictions put in place by the Queensland Government on its parks and recreation areas to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Gympie region residents are advised that Salmon Lookout on Mount Wolvi will be closed to the public until further notice.

Gympie Saleyards

The Gympie Saleyards is remaining open; however, access to the facility is through one entry point only. All visitors must sign an attendance book upon entry and provide their name, residential address and contact phone number. No visitors are permitted on the catwalk areas; agents and staff only. All entry points are locked for restricted access only. All attendees are encouraged to bring own pens.

 

Waste Management Facilities

From this Monday, 30 March 2020, Gympie Regional Council waste management facilities will no longer take cash. 

Gympie Regional Council’s waste management services will continue as normal but the Bonnick Road, Mary Valley and Tin Can Bay shops will close as of close of business on Sunday, 29 March.

The Amamoor and Sexton waste management facilities will be closed from Saturday, 11 April 2020.

 

Community Pools

Our community pools across the region are managed by Belgravia, please visit https://belgravialeisure.com.au/our-centres/gympie-arc/ for further information.

 

Public toilets

Unfortunately, toilet paper is being removed or stolen from our public toilets. Although we do not have a supply issue, we are currently unable to keep up with the replacement of toilet paper. We ask the community to please not remove the toilet paper from our public facilities.

 

Events and public gatherings

State government advice has been issued regarding events and public gatherings of more than 500 people. 

The following Council events have been cancelled.

  • Mary Street Growers Market (every Wednesday)
  • Harmony Day (Saturday 21 March)           
  • Gourmet and Grooves (Friday 27 March)     
  • Neighbour Day/Halls Open Day (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March)             
  • Yeah the Youth! Gympie Youth Week Event (4 April)  
  • Easter on Mary (Wednesday 8 April) 
  • Discover Youth & Careers Symposium (27 May) 

Any further council run event cancellations will be listed on this page.

 

Non-council events

Council recommends event organisers follow the recommendations from the Australian Government and Queensland Health.

The general public and ticket holders should contact event organisers directly with any queries related to non-council events.

 

Public Facilities

When visiting a public facility, please remember to:

  • wash your hands before and after visits
  • maintain a safe distance from those around you.

Please do not visit any public facilities if you:

  • have returned from overseas within the last 14 days
  • have had any contact with a known positive case of COVID-19 or are self-isolation awaiting confirmation testing in the last 14 days
  • have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19
  • are feeling unwell.