Photo: Josh Woning.
Photo: Josh Woning.

Councils offering up coronavirus info and a listening ear

IN A bid to make the COVID-19 crisis – and the flood of information that comes with it – less overwhelming for locals, Paroo Shire Council has taken to sharing official health updates with locals through their own channels.

Through the council website, and mailouts to residents, the council is hopeful it can do its part to keep the community safe from coronavirus.

Paroo Shire acting CEO Sean Rice said the aim is to keep everyone informed, and less isolated during these difficult times by making staff available to talk with residents.

“We’re mindful that putting every single update out on channels including Facebook

could get confusing, especially when information then changes, so we have and are

continuing to collate a list of helpful and trusted websites for our residents to find the

information they need,” Mr Rice said.

“Of course the primary news and updates will continue to be shared on Facebook, but

we’re also mindful that not everyone uses Facebook.

“To target people who don’t use social media, Council will also be posting out flyers

next week to every resident in the Paroo Shire so they know of this new resource.

“They will also include contact details for Council staff should they need or prefer to

chat to someone directly.”

Paroo Shire Council is encouraging anyone who requires further assistance, wants to talk through their options, or those without internet access to contact:

  • Kelly Schmidt (Economic Development Officer): 0472 870 774 or kelly.schmidt@paroo.qld.gov.au
  • Toni Lou Pender (Community Services): 0487 558 422 or toni.pender@paroo.qld.gov.au

Other shires are also working on providing the latest in official information to residents through their websites.

Balonne Shire: www.balonne.qld.gov.au

Quilpie Shire: www.quilpie.qld.gov.au

Murweh Shire: www.murweh.qld.gov.au/services/home

Maranoa Regional Council: www.maranoa.qld.gov.au