Scenic Rim Regional Council COVID-19 Update: Three


Scenic Rim residents, as previously advised, we have continued our process of assessing Council-run events in line with the latest advice from the Australian and Queensland Governments in relation to COVID-19.

While it may have been a quick and easy option to take a one-size fits all approach to cancelling or postponing all events on our calendar, we recognise that many of our cultural, community and library programs are critically important to many of our residents, and also play an integral role in building strong connections and communities, which is a great part of life in the Scenic Rim.

Where possible, we have been exploring options on how we can still deliver some of our programs by live streaming events, creating school holiday kits, providing online resources and exhibitions as well as using internet technologies such as Zoom to facilitate meetings that would otherwise need to be cancelled or postponed.

The latest update on events and programs is provided below.


At this stage, Scenic Rim Regional Council Libraries will remain open for borrowing and computer use as normal, however in line with the State Library of Queensland, we are suspending all programs and events at libraries across the Scenic Rim. To minimise the need for you to visit our libraries and in lieu of our programs, the following will be available to our residents.

  • ONLINE RESOURCES: We have a very diverse collection of resources online - ebooks, audiobooks, puzzles, movie streaming. There's something for everyone and our librarians can assist you in the use of these online resources.
  • LOAN AND COLLECTION EXTENSIONS: We will extend our normal loan period to 8 weeks and double the number of items available for loan. You will now be able to loan 40 items for 8 weeks!
  • RING AND COLLECT SERVICE: Give us a call, and tell us what you would like from our collection and we can make it available for pick up. This will also be available in the various townships that the outreach service visits. Watch this space for some interesting reading challenges
  • SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY PACKS: Pick up school holiday activity packs for different age groups so your children can enjoy their upcoming school holidays.
  • FACEBOOK: Check our Facebook page each business day of the school holidays for inspiration ideas on what to do each day!


Our Be Healthy & Active Program has many activities, some which are small groups and some are held outdoors. We  are providing advice to our service providers on how they can still host their events in this current situation. For example, they may take smaller classes, ensure there is adequate distance between each person participating, ensure there is hand sanitisers available and  encourage participants to bring their own equipment rather than sharing (where applicable). Keeping fit and active is more important than ever and we can't underestimate the mental health benefits of exercise when people are feeling a bit more stressed than usual.

Of course some of these providers may also be advised by their governing bodies, or decide for themselves, to temporarily cancel or offer alternative activities (where appropriate). It's important that you contact the provider directly for details regarding your preferred activity.


So that our communities can participate or view online or live stream, we are changing the format and reprogramming the Youth Arts Dinner, Friday 20 March, which was scheduled to held at The Centre Beaudesert. It will now be screened online with more information coming today!

We are still exploring options for how we may be able to modify the format of the following events for our communities. More information will be made available as we work through this process.

  • Bloom PM Concert , Friday 27 March, was scheduled to be held at Boonah Cultural Centre  
  • Campfire - AM Concert, Friday 24 April, was scheduled to be held at The Centre Beaudesert
  • Education activities associated with the Above and Below Exhibition, Friday 27 March to Wednesday 15 July, was scheduled to be held at The Centre Beaudesert
  • Postcard workshop with Therese Flynn-Clarke, Saturday 16 May, was scheduled to be held at The Centre Beaudesert

Cancelled events

Current cancellations include:

  • Friday Flicks at the Boonah Cultural Centre from this Friday (ongoing until further notice)
  • Kids' Flicks at all Cultural Centres during April school holidays
  • Above and Below Exhibition launch event, Friday 27 March, The Centre Beaudesert
  • Boonah Writers Festival, Saturday 2 May - Monday 4 May, Boonah Cultural Centre

Postponed events

Current postponed events (new dates to be advised) include:

  • Shake and Stir workshops, Wednesday 8 April, Beaudesert and Boonah Cultural Centres
  • Island Fashion on Tour, Tuesday 7 April - Friday 17 April, Beaudesert and Boonah Cultural Centres

People who have hired any of our Cultural Centres are being contacted so we can help them navigate and manage any risks due to COVID-19 so their events may still be able to go ahead if appropriate.

We recognise that there is a lot of information to take on board, so we have created a webpage with all information about Council services and programs. The website will be updated if changes are made to Council’s service delivery as a result of COVID-19 and will include information on how to contact us. Visit:

We encourage you to share this information with your family and friends across the Scenic Rim.

Anyone with concerns directly related to COVID-19 can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and find up-to-date information on the Queensland Health website at