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20 May, 2020

Libraries and parks reopen

The Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) has announced the reopening of community facilities.

By Phil Brandel

Following the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions, The Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) has announced the reopening of community facilities.

Mayor Angela Toppin said while people are able to have a little more freedom, the community still needs to be mindful of COVID-19. "It is very important that residents keep social distancing and practise good hygiene.

"I commend the community on the efforts so far to slow the spread of the virus and I urge everyone to continue to follow advice from authorities.

"Be safe, be responsible and be cautious as we are not out of the woods yet.”

Council announced that while playgrounds and outdoor recreation facilities including the Mareeba Skate Park reopened on Friday May 15, strict social distancing measures remain in place and a maximum of 10 people can gather together outdoors.

The Mareeba customer service centre reopened on Monday May 18, with a maximum of 8 customers allowed in the centre at one time.

The MSC is also asking residents to contact Council via phone or email rather than visiting the centre.

The Mareeba, Kuranda and Chillagoe Library branches will reopen Today (Wednesday 20 May) for borrowing only.

The telephone assisted and click and collect borrowing service will continue. There is a limit of 8 customers in the branch at any one time and social distancing will be maintained.

All programs and activities will remain suspended until further notice. Dimbulah residents are encouraged to continue to use the telephone assisted borrowing or online services.

The Kuranda customer service centre also reopens today (Wednesday May 20).

Public swimming pools will re-open in August after the winter closure.

The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre will remain closed until further notice.

Hall hire will be available when Government restrictions reach Stage 3 from 10 July 2020.

The MSC wants to remind all residents that strict social distancing measures remain in place at all council facilities.


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