Council adjourns Ordinary Meeting
Today Council moved its Ordinary Meeting from the Boonah Council Chambers to Beaudesert Chambers, where Mayor Greg Christensen formally adjourned the meeting to a later date.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, said the adjournment was due to the current lockdown across south east Queensland and concerns related to technological limitations.
"With all our Councillors, executives and authors of Council papers having to participate remotely, we're unsure of the stability of people's home internet connectivity and the ability to live stream and record the meeting," he said.
"While, under legislation, we could have held the meeting as a closed meeting where technology issues would not have impacted our public gallery, we believe it's important to make the meetings available to the public.
"We have assessed the Council papers which were due to be presented today, and given there are none that are critically time sensitive, we have formally adjourned the meeting.
"This will give us time to test everyone's remote connectivity in the event the lockdown continues longer than expected."
The meeting is being adjourned under Section 261 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, with a future date to be announced.
UPDATE ON COUNCIL SERVICES
Yesterday, the Queensland Government announced an extension of the current lockdown across South East Queensland in response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak until 4pm Sunday 8 August.
Council essential services are still operating, including waste collection services, transfer stations and land fill sites, road and parks teams, as well as animal management, licensing and permit applications, and building, plumbing and development approvals. We will communicate any impacts to services for our communities if this changes.
Customer service and administration centres
Council's Customer Service and Administration Centres will be closed until Tuesday 10 August. There are many other ways that Council can help the community without face-to-face interaction. If you have any Council enquiries, please:
- call our Customer Service and Administration Centres from Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 4.30pm on telephone 07 5540 5111
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your enquiry is not urgent, or
- access all our forms online www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/council-services/payments-and-forms/forms and email them through to email@example.com
Libraries and community and cultural centres and activities
Scenic Rim Regional Council libraries (including outreach services) and community and cultural centres will be closed until Tuesday 10 August. Library online services are available and we encourage our communities to use this service to borrow a variety of resources online www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/our-community/libraries/eresources
Be Healthy & Active Program activities are suspended until Tuesday 10 August.
Council parks, playgrounds and BBQs
Community members are allowed to use Council parks for physical exercise only, and must practise physical distancing in line with Queensland Government health guidelines. However, the public are not to use any exercise equipment as per Queensland Government health directives.
In line with Queensland Government health directives, playgrounds, skate parks and barbecues must not be used.
Council's Birnam Street Nursery in Beaudesert will not be open for free tree collection this Friday 6 August.
Community swimming pools
Our community swimming pools remain closed for winter until the September school holidays.
No new visitors will be able to book in to Council's controlled campgrounds until restrictions are lifted.