A range of facilities managed by Ipswich City Council will close for the duration of the South East Queensland lockdown beginning at 4pm, Saturday 31 July.
2 August 2021
Ipswich City Council will close various facilities it manages for the duration of the lockdown beginning at 4pm today, Saturday 31 July for South East Queensland.
This includes all council libraries, the Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich Civic Centre and public pools.
The facilities will not be reopened until after the lockdown is lifted, which is expected to be on Sunday 4pm, 8 August.
Following is the list of council managed facilities that will be closed:
The Customer Support area of 1 Nicholas Street and the Council Contact Centre will remain open.
Customers will be required to wear a mask if they visit Customer Support area of 1 Nicholas Street as per Queensland Health requirements.
Council’s Safe City operations will continue unaffected.
Council also announced that various outdoor facilities will be closed for the duration of the lockdown.
These include all public pools, including the Orion Lagoon at Robelle Domain, the Queens Park nursery and all mobile nursery events.
The Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park Nursery and Queens Park Education Centre will also be closed.
Council’s Active and Healthy Ipswich program has been cancelled for the duration of the lockdown and activities planned in Tulmur Place.
Picnic areas across natural estates remain open, as do council parks and dog off-leash areas.
Authorities have again allowed people to exercise – with restrictions on where and with how many others – and council parks remain open for this purpose.
Playground and exercise equipment in those parks will not be closed or fenced off. However, given the latest advice from the government, council suggests people do not use the equipment during the duration of the lockdown.
Council’s recycling and refuse centres at Riverview and Rosewood remain open for essential services and residents are encouraged not to attend unless necessary.
Waste transfer centre users are required to pay with EFTPOS or credit card, not cash.
Domestic waste services will continue unaffected.
The Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre will be closed for the period of the lockdown.
There will be a small number of staff on site to care for the animals.
Waste collection and facilities
Ipswich City Council’s waste facilities will remain open to essential customers only.
Residents should not visit a waste facility unless they deem it absolutely necessary.
Under lockdown rules it is not a permissible reason for residents to leave home to take a load of household rubbish to our facility.
As per Queensland Health requirements, masks will be mandatory at waste facilities during the lockdown.
Operation of waste facilities may be at a reduced capacity to enable social distancing to occur. Customers should expect delays. Cashless payment is preferred (e.g. EFTPOS).
Domestic wheelie bin waste collection services will continue as normal.
We are a city of innovative, resilient people and businesses who have the know-how and the resources to get through this – together.
Ipswich City Council is launching Ipswich Together, a response and recovery campaign to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the community, business, cultural and sporting groups across our city. Ipswich Together includes a range of community and council events and initiatives over the coming months to support our community through the pandemic.
Council has already actioned a number of responses to support the community through this time:
Stay informed with announcements and updates from council via this webpage and Ipswich First.
In order to maintain appropriate social distancing requirements protocols, a limited number of seats are available for members of the public to attend Ordinary Council Meetings. Persons wishing to attend are required to book a place.
A staff member will be on hand to assist any member of the public when they arrive.
Council meeting will continue to be live streamed on council's streaming page and the meeting dates and times for council and committee meetings remain the same as notified in the meetings dates and times.
Council has directed support funding to Ipswich businesses, community and sporting groups.
A number of support programs will be released over coming months aimed at providing quick response funds to local businesses and organisations most in need. The funds will enable recipients to access support services and relieve some operational stress.
To maximise the local benefit, recipients will be required to engage local suppliers and service providers where possible.
For more information visit the Funding and Support webpage.
Council encourages residents and visitors concerned about COVID-19’s impact on Ipswich to keep abreast of news via Ipswich First.