2020 Supporting our community by caring COVID-19

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Strong public health efforts are underway to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many of our residents and businesses need support during this trying time. This site is a way to help connect the community with resources and share stories. We are in this together. Livingstone Shire Council is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

An Important COVID-19 Message

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from Queensland Health on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice , as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.


Strong public health efforts are underway to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many of our residents and businesses need support during this trying time. This site is a way to help connect the community with resources and share stories. We are in this together. Livingstone Shire Council is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

An Important COVID-19 Message

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from Queensland Health on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice , as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.


  • New COVID-19 Rockhampton case prompts call to get tested if feeling unwell

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    12 days ago

    The latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rockhampton is concerning however Livingstone Shire Council is encouraging the community not to panic and to get tested if you develop any symptoms of the virus.

    Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today confirmed a staff member at a North Rockhampton Nursing Centre tested positive for COVID-19 last night and is now in quarantine.

    Staff, residents and those in close contact with the facility are being tested and a rapid response team from Brisbane has been sent to Rockhampton to help manage the case.

    It is estimated the employee may have been infectious since...

    The latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rockhampton is concerning however Livingstone Shire Council is encouraging the community not to panic and to get tested if you develop any symptoms of the virus.

    Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today confirmed a staff member at a North Rockhampton Nursing Centre tested positive for COVID-19 last night and is now in quarantine.

    Staff, residents and those in close contact with the facility are being tested and a rapid response team from Brisbane has been sent to Rockhampton to help manage the case.

    It is estimated the employee may have been infectious since early May.

    “The most important thing our community can do at this point, is to get tested if you feel unwell,” Mayor Andy Ireland said.

    “If you develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms including; a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, you should call your doctor to arrange to be tested immediately.

    “This is an important lesson that we have not beaten the virus and should not become complacent.

    “Council encourages the community to stay up to date with the latest advice and information from Queensland Health.”

    Council wishes to remind the community that the Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken will remain closed until further notice.

    All public playgrounds, skate parks and public toilets are still due to open from midnight tonight (15 May) which is in line with advice from the Queensland Government, however, we will continue to monitor this in light of recent developments.

    “We strongly urge the community to maintain social distancing, good hygiene and common sense to limit the spread of the virus,” Mayor Andy Ireland said.

    If you’re seeking 24/7 health advice call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

    Visit the Queensland Health website www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus for the most up-to-date health advice about COVID-19 in Queensland.

  • Yeppoon Lagoon to remain closed despite easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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    12 days ago

    The Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken will remain closed to the public until further notice, despite the easing of restrictions announced by the Queensland Government in relation to COVID-19.

    Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland said it was not feasible for Council to open these facilities from this weekend, when only 10 people could use the facilities at any time.

    “To control patronage and monitor social distancing to an appropriate standard under these conditions at these facilities is very difficult,” Mayor Ireland said.

    “We understand State Government restrictions are easing but we take the safety of our residents extremely seriously...

    The Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken will remain closed to the public until further notice, despite the easing of restrictions announced by the Queensland Government in relation to COVID-19.

    Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland said it was not feasible for Council to open these facilities from this weekend, when only 10 people could use the facilities at any time.

    “To control patronage and monitor social distancing to an appropriate standard under these conditions at these facilities is very difficult,” Mayor Ireland said.

    “We understand State Government restrictions are easing but we take the safety of our residents extremely seriously and have decided to keep the Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken closed until further notice.

    “This decision will be reviewed in line with the latest advice from Queensland Health.”

    All public playgrounds, skate parks, amenities blocks will be reopened to the public from midnight Friday 15th May, as per advice from the Queensland Government.

    Council’s Customer Support Office at the Yeppoon Town Hall will reopen to the public on Monday 18th May with reduced hours of 9am-2pm. The Emu Park Customer Support Centre will remain closed because it’s located within the Emu Park library which is only open for collecting and returning items. However people can still lodge customer requests online or over the phone.

    All Council libraries will reopen on a limited basis on Monday 18th May. Customers will be requested to either place a phone or online order prior to pick-up and access will be limited to the collection and return of items.

    Remaining closed:

    • Yeppoon Lagoon & Keppel Kraken
    • BBQs
    • The Community Centre
    • Emu Park Customer Support Centre

    Reopening:

    • Playgrounds, skate parks, public toilets (midnight 15th May)
    • Car wash at Yeppoon multi-storey car park (15th May)
    • Customer Support at Yeppoon Town Hall 9am-2pm (18th May)
    • Yeppoon & Emu Park libraries 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday (18th May)
    • Byfield, Marlborough, Mt Chalmers libraries hours as per normal (18th May)
  • Queensland’s Plan to easing restrictions

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    19 days ago

    From 11.59pm, Friday, May 15, the following will be allowed:

    • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
    • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
    • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
    • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
    • Re-opening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one...

    From 11.59pm, Friday, May 15, the following will be allowed:

    • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
    • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
    • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
    • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
    • Re-opening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
    • Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
    • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
    • Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan

    For Outback Queensland, where there have been no COVID cases, two special concessions have been made:

    • Dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
    • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.

    Stage Two, effective 11.59pm, Friday, June 12 would provide for:

    • Gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
    • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
    • Holiday travel within your region

    Stage Three would include reviews of border closures and build to 100 customers for venues giving certainty to business, communities and families to be able to plan ahead.

    For more information: www.covid19.qld.gov.au

  • COVID restrictions ease

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    30 days ago

    Following encouraging signs Queensland is flattening the COVID-19 curve, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced stay at home restrictions will ease.

    From 11.59pm Friday, May 1, Queenslanders will be able to leave their homes for recreation and the distance they can travel has been extended.

    For example, Queenslanders will be able to enjoy some relief from stay-at-home rules and:

    • Go for a drive;
    • Ride a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure;
    • Have a picnic;
    • Visit a national park; and
    • Shop for non-essential items

    But there are three conditions that apply linked to the above:

    Following encouraging signs Queensland is flattening the COVID-19 curve, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced stay at home restrictions will ease.

    From 11.59pm Friday, May 1, Queenslanders will be able to leave their homes for recreation and the distance they can travel has been extended.

    For example, Queenslanders will be able to enjoy some relief from stay-at-home rules and:

    • Go for a drive;
    • Ride a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure;
    • Have a picnic;
    • Visit a national park; and
    • Shop for non-essential items

    But there are three conditions that apply linked to the above:

    • Social distancing and hygiene must be maintained
    • You have to stay within 50km of home and
    • Outings are limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend

    All other rules including gatherings and limits on visitors remain in place during this time.

    The Premier said numbers of new infections would be watched closely and the measures reviewed after two weeks.

    “The first sign of a spike we will not hesitate to clamp back,” the Premier said.

    “This is a test-run to see what effect easing restrictions has on the containment of COVID-19.

    “I encourage all Queenslanders to back this first step so that we can keep the virus away and help everyone start to get their lives back.”

    Health Minister Steven Miles said Queensland had earned a reward for its hard work.

    “We have done the right thing,” the Minister said.

    “We have to keep doing it.”

    Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young supported the new measures.

    “Before you couldn’t leave home unless it was for essential reasons like getting groceries or exercising or going to work and you had to stay in your suburb where possible,” Dr Young said.

    “Now we are saying you can have more flexibility but remember we are still having to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

    State Disaster Co-ordinator Steve Gollschewski said police will assist people to understand the new rules but will still enforce flagrant breaches.

    “Police will be understanding but this isn’t an invitation for people to undo everyone’s hard work,” he said.

    The Premier said she hoped easing restrictions would mean some older Queenslanders could finally leave their homes.

    “They can go for a drive to Mt Coot-tha or a national park or a beach in their region but they still have to avoid crowds,” the Premier said.

    “I know this isn’t returning life to normal again but we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we still have to be careful.”

  • COVIDSafe app

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    30 days ago

    The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.

    The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

    The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the...

    The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.

    The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

    The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

    For detailed questions and answers about this app, see our COVIDSafe app FAQs.


    What COVIDSafe is for

    The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

    The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.

    State and territory health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. The health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested.

    The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government.


    How COVIDSafe works

    When you download the app you provide your name, mobile number, and postcode and select your age range (see Privacy). You will receive a confirmation SMS text message to complete installation. The system then creates a unique encrypted reference code just for you.

    COVIDSafe recognises other devices with the COVIDSafe app installed and Bluetooth enabled. When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. The COVIDSafe app does not collect your location.

    To be effective, you should have the COVIDSafe app running as you go about your daily business and come into contact with people. Users will receive daily notifications to ensure the COVIDSafe app is running.

    The information is encrypted and that encrypted identifier is stored securely on your phone. Not even you can access it. The contact information stored in people’s mobiles is deleted on a 21-day rolling cycle. This period takes into account the COVID-19 incubation period and the time it takes to get tested. For more, see Privacy.

    When an app user tests positive for COVID-19

    When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, state and territory health officials will ask them or their parent/guardian who they have been in contact with. If they have the COVIDSafe app and provide their permission, the encrypted contact information from the app will be uploaded to a highly secure information storage system. State and territory health officials will then:

    • use the contacts captured by the app to support their usual contact tracing
    • call people to let them or their parent/guardian know they may have been exposed
    • offer advice on next steps, including:
      • what to look out for
      • when, how and where to get tested
      • what to do to protect friends and family from exposure

    Health officials will not name the person who was infected.


    After the pandemic

    At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.


    Deleting the COVIDSafe app

    You can delete the COVIDSafe app from your phone at any time. This will delete all COVIDSafe app information from your phone. The information in the secure information storage system will not be deleted immediately. It will be destroyed at the end of the pandemic. If you would like your information deleted from the storage system sooner, you can complete our request data deletion form.


    Privacy

    Your information and privacy is strictly protected.

    Read the COVIDSafe Privacy Policy for details on how personal information collected in the app is handled.

    A Privacy Impact Assessment was commissioned to ensure that privacy risks have been addressed. See the Privacy Impact Assessment Report and our Agency Response.

    The Health Minister has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to information from the app. State and territory health authorities can access the information for contact tracing only. The only other access will be by the COVIDSafe Administrator to ensure the proper functioning, integrity and security of COVIDSafe, including to delete your registration information at your request. It will be a criminal offence to use any app data in any other way. The COVIDSafe app cannot be used to enforce quarantine or isolation restrictions, or any other laws.

    https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

  • Public barbeques no longer in use in Livingstone

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    about 2 months ago

    As directed by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19, Council wishes to advise that all public barbeques in the shire will be turned off until further notice.

    Council encourages the community to stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 by visiting https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ and https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

    Council continues to monitor Government advice and will update the community when necessary.

    As directed by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19, Council wishes to advise that all public barbeques in the shire will be turned off until further notice.

    Council encourages the community to stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 by visiting https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ and https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

    Council continues to monitor Government advice and will update the community when necessary.

  • Story Time goes digital so kids don’t miss out

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    about 2 months ago

    Youngsters in Livingstone are tuning in to Story Time a bit differently this month, as Livingstone Libraries and First Five Forever deliver Story Time online.

    Local kids aged 0 – 5 will see Library Assistant and First 5 Forever facilitator Sally Faulkner reading a variety of children’s tales via Facebook, accompanied by her farm-yard friends including Thelma the Unicorn.

    Sally said recent videos uploaded to Livingstone Shire Library’s Facebook page had already received hundreds of views from kids enjoying Story Time from home.

    “Livingstone’s First 5 Forever programme is a very popular activity held at our Emu Park and Yeppoon...

    Youngsters in Livingstone are tuning in to Story Time a bit differently this month, as Livingstone Libraries and First Five Forever deliver Story Time online.

    Local kids aged 0 – 5 will see Library Assistant and First 5 Forever facilitator Sally Faulkner reading a variety of children’s tales via Facebook, accompanied by her farm-yard friends including Thelma the Unicorn.

    Sally said recent videos uploaded to Livingstone Shire Library’s Facebook page had already received hundreds of views from kids enjoying Story Time from home.

    “Livingstone’s First 5 Forever programme is a very popular activity held at our Emu Park and Yeppoon locations, so we wanted to make sure kids weren’t missing out on Story Time altogether during the library closures,” Sally said.

    “Living on a large property with plenty of friendly animals gave me the idea to feature them in some of our Story Time videos to help make it more engaging and interactive for the kids while also pairing well with some of the books’ themes.

    “Shared activities at home and out and about, including singing, reading and talking to your little one in the early years, are very important in the development of their language skills later in life and research highlights the significant role that parents play in helping their babies build a strong foundation for future learning.”

    Tomorrow’s Story Time will feature Possum Magic by Mem Fox, with special guest Bob the Chicken and next week on Thursday 9 April, Sally will read Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen from a boat on her dam with special guest Reni the Dog.

    Residents are reminded that although libraries are currently closed in the Shire, a wide range of online services are on offer to download and explore.

    Library members have free access to download eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, plus stream movies, music, access online databases and follow online tutorials on a wide range of topics.

    The Libraries’ own Story Time videos were made possible due to special publishing industry copyright agreements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more information, please visit Livingstone Shire Libraries online at https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/168/Libraries to view the e-lending section.

    You can find Livingstone Shire Library on Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/lsclibraries/ or phone 4913 3850.

  • Popular areas in national parks close due to COVID-19

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    about 2 months ago

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced the closure of a number of locations such as picnic areas, toilet facilities, lookouts, popular walking tracks, swimming areas and four-wheel drive beach recreation areas in National Parks across Queensland.

    This follows the closure of National Park campgrounds last week in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said these targeted closures in Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) managed areas were necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and align with actions already taken by other states and territories.

    The closure of these popular...

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced the closure of a number of locations such as picnic areas, toilet facilities, lookouts, popular walking tracks, swimming areas and four-wheel drive beach recreation areas in National Parks across Queensland.

    This follows the closure of National Park campgrounds last week in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said these targeted closures in Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) managed areas were necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and align with actions already taken by other states and territories.

    The closure of these popular day-use picnic areas, toilet facilities, swimming holes, and lookouts also includes four-wheel drive beach recreation areas like Bribie Island, Teewah Beach and Rainbow Beach.

    It also includes high visitation areas in Springbrook National Park and the Cedar Creek Falls section of Tamborine National Park.

    “This is not a decision we have made lightly,” the Minister said.

    “We need to ensure the safety of Queenslanders during this time and this decision aligns with the expert medical advice from the state’s Chief Health Officer.

    “We have carefully considered the number of people currently accessing National Parks and recreation areas and have taken the decision to close these specific areas which are still attracting a high number of people.”

    Minister Enoch said that while the government was trusting Queenslanders to do the right thing, unfortunately some members of the community continue to ignore the public health advice to stay at home and travel only when it’s essential, and are journeying into national parks in substantial numbers.

    “The Chief Health Officer has made a direction which bans outdoor activities of more than two people, or more than a household,” Minister Enoch said.

    “Queensland Police now have the option to issue on the spot fines for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

    “Today’s decision will also help to ensure community wellbeing, as well as protect the health and safety of QPWS rangers including those rangers with close links to high risk indigenous communities, and the general public.”

    Increased signage will be in place to inform the public of closures, but locals should check Park Alerts online for the most up-to-date information about closures.

    There will be some exemptions for entry into these areas for essential services or work by authorised personnel. A full list of exemptions will be available at https://parks.des.qld.gov.au

    “The message is clear – the more we stay at home and away from other people, the more we save lives and if we need to do more, we will,” Ms Enoch said.

    Queenslanders should only be using National Parks and forests which are close to their own home and they should observe all social distancing guidelines. If we continue to see breaches of the Chief Health Officers’ directions, we will be forced to close more park areas.

    The closure of these areas will start to roll out from 3 April 2020.

    A full list of closures is available at https://www.des.qld.gov.au


  • Actions taken by Council 25/3/2020

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    2 months ago

    Closures (effective 25 March 2020 until further notice)


    • Customer Support Centres (Yeppoon Town Hall & Emu Park Park)
    • All libraries
    • Pools including the Yeppoon Lagoon
    • The Community Centre
    • Car wash at multi-storey car park + some public toilets across the shire
    • We encourage you to consider ONLINE – Customer Service ONLINE 24/7 or Livingstone Libraries ONLINE 24/7
    • You can also call us on 4913 5000

    Cancellations

    • All council-delivered events, programs and activities have been cancelled through to May.
    • Our Council meetings are still planned to be held as scheduled. This may, however, change.
    • All employee travel for Council business has...

    Closures (effective 25 March 2020 until further notice)


    • Customer Support Centres (Yeppoon Town Hall & Emu Park Park)
    • All libraries
    • Pools including the Yeppoon Lagoon
    • The Community Centre
    • Car wash at multi-storey car park + some public toilets across the shire
    • We encourage you to consider ONLINE – Customer Service ONLINE 24/7 or Livingstone Libraries ONLINE 24/7
    • You can also call us on 4913 5000

    Cancellations

    • All council-delivered events, programs and activities have been cancelled through to May.
    • Our Council meetings are still planned to be held as scheduled. This may, however, change.
    • All employee travel for Council business has been suspended.

    Development Applications

    • Reminder that all Development Applications and/or Permits are currently available by Council's ONLINE SUITE 24/7, for assistance phone 49135 000. Duty Planner appointments have been cancelled, however online or via telephone appointment is available.

    What you can expect moving forward:

    • We will continue to monitor recommendations and guidance specific from government agencies. If there are changes to Council operations or specific actions that impact the community, we will notify the community of these actions.
    • We will provide updates to the community on a regular basis.

    How you can Help:

    • Be diligent about your own hygiene practices and follow Queensland Health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Limiting the reach of COVID-19 is a community effort!
    • Consider checking on the well-being of your neighbours, especially the elderly, to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to sustain them at home if required.

    Many of our local small businesses may struggle to make ends meet during these uncertain times. To the extent you can support them without compromising safety, please do so!