Lockyer Valley Regional Council is continually reviewing its Business Continuity Plans and is ensuring essential services remain available to residents.
Council will continue to comply with decisions of the Australian Government and National and State Health Departments.
As you are no doubt aware, advice and directives in relation to our response to the virus are changing frequently; below are the latest community updates effective as at Saturday 16 May.
Council will review and/or revise these measures in conjunction with the State and Federal Governments' roadmap to easing restrictions
. The next review will be conducted in mid-June.
- All public playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gyms – open as at 12:01am Saturday 16 May for the use of a maximum of 10 persons at one time whilst remaining socially distant (1.5m between people). Signage at these sites will be changed as soon as possible.
- Water fountains/bubblers - Practice appropriate hygiene.
- Public toilets - Use hygiene practices advised by Queensland Health. You may need to bring your own hand sanitiser.
- Local parks - Use social distancing and hygiene practices advised by Queensland Health. Cleaning of facilities and furniture within parks has been increased.
- Waste services (collection and access to transfer stations) - delays are possible; please leave wheelie bins out until they are emptied.
- Gatton Childcare Centre
- Tip shops - Open for donations and shopping from Monday 25 May. Please use social distancing and hygiene practices while shopping.
Changes and Closures
- Customer Contact Centres - face-to-face services closed. Residents may use our online services at www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 005 872 for any urgent issues.
- Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre and Dal Ryan Memorial Pool - closed.
- Depot - closed to the public.
- Libraries/Library activities – Lockyer Valley Libraries (Gatton and Laidley) face-to-face services closed. You can still access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and stream movies through our website anytime, anywhere: https://library.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au/
Libraries in Gatton and Laidley are offering Click and Collect (read more here).
- Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre (including Visitor Information Centre, Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Valley Art Gallery and Staging Post Cafe) – closed.
- Das Neumann Haus, Laidley – closed.
- Laidley Pioneer Village - closed.
- Sporting grounds - Please call Council’s Customer Contact Team on 1300 005 872 with enquiries regarding bookings.
- Community halls/centres – closed for all bookings.
- Face-to-face meetings - will be limited, with Council officers available by phone or email. These will be assessed case by case. Ordinary meetings of Council will be recorded, call 1300 005 872 to access these recordings.
- Council events - All Council-run events have been cancelled until 31 October. Council-partnered events have been postponed or cancelled.
- Lake Dyer Camping & Caravan Ground at Laidley and Centenary Park Camping Ground at Thornton - no camping or caravanning at these sites. Active recreation and/or picnics are allowed, in line with the Queensland Government's COVID-19 guidelines.
Breach of Restrictions
If you are concerned about alleged breaches of COVID-19 restrictions within the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area you are invited to call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) who will transfer you to the appropriate Queensland Government agency.
State Government Information
The latest Queensland Government updates and alerts regarding COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/
Details on border access restrictions, exemptions and permits can be found at www.qld.gov.au
People who want to register interest in volunteering to support the COVID 19 response please visit: https://emergencyvolunteering.com.au. You will be contacted by Volunteering Queensland if your assistance is required.
Council Media Releases
Q&A with LVRC Mayor and CEO
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Lockyer Valley Regional Council has created a series of Q&A videos for residents. (Information as at 1 April 2020)
Q1: How is Council responding to the situation?
Q2: How can I contact Council if the offices are closed to the public?
Q3: What has changed?
Q4: Will Council still offer school holiday activities?
Q5: Where can I find more information about COVID-19 and how can we slow the spread?