Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will temporarily close all Library facilities, Art Galleries, Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre and Toowoomba City Community Rooms from the close of business Monday 23rd March, 2020 until further notice.
Toowoomba Regional Council CEO Brian Pidgeon said the decision to close these facilities is based on advice provided by the government and community expectations.
“During this unprecedented event, we must abide by the advice given to us by the State and Federal Governments,” Mr Pidgeon said.
He went on to say, “During this difficult time, the health and well-being of our community and staff our number one priority. We’ve already seen a reduction in volunteers and attendances at these facilities and our staff will continue to monitor the evolving situation.”
“The decision will see the closure of all:
· Libraries (including Toowoomba City Library community rooms)
· Council-run Art Galleries
· Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre; and
· Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Mr Pidgeon said, “The current situation requires swift but measured action, and we’re doing our best to respond as quickly as possible to Queensland Health’s advice, partnered with our own risk assessment.”
“Council is not removing the service, the closures are in response to community sentiment and our number one priority during this difficult time, the health and wellbeing of our community and staff.”
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