Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates

Paroo Shire Council hopes that the below resources are of assistance to people looking for information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We encourage anyone who requires further assistance, who wants to talk through their options or for those without internet access to please contact:

Business and job related:
Kelly Schmidt - Economic Development Officer
0472 870 774 or

Personal and community-related:
Toni-Lou Pender
Team Leader Community Services
0487 558 422 or

Council updates:

Paroo Shire Council here to help during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Issued Thursday 2 April, 1.30 pm - Click here to view

Message from Mayor Lindsay Godfrey - Travellers please sit tight and stay safe

Issued Thursday 27 March, 9.30 am - Click here to view

Community Notice regarding Paroo Shire Council services and closures

Issued Wednesday 25 March, 5.15 pm - Click here to view

Business Continuity & Crisis Recovery Webinar

Webinar from 4 pm on Friday 27 March, RSVP essential to get webinar link - registrations have closed for this event.

Local Assistance:

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The RFCS can help with identifying and assisting you to access grants, loans and other support programs - Click here for more information

Other Helpful Links:

Federal Government announcements

Regularly updated with updates from the Prime Minister -

Download the Coronavirus created by the Federal Government -

State Government announcements

Latest updates and alerts from the Queensland State Government -

Support for individuals and households

Supply of aid available, summarised by the Australian Treasury -

Information on Centrelink payments (inc JobSeeker) for those affected by COVID-19 -

Evictions put on hold for the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenants in financial distress due to COVID-19 -

JobKeeper payment (NB: this can only be applied for by eligible businesses in order to pay their employees) -

Support for businesses

Information from Federal Government on grants, services and support available -

Information from State Government on grants, services and support available -

Summary of aid available, summarised by the Australian Treasury -

Jobs Support Loans from QRIDA - and guidelines fact sheet here

Become a member for free and the CCIQ can offer free support -

Tourism businesses and events related advice from Tourism & Events Queensland -

Evictions put on hold for the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenants in financial distress due to COVID-19 -

$110 million initiative backing the agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export into key overseas markets -

JobKeeper payment -

COVID-19 health alerts, information and guidelines

Telehealth services have been boosted to increase capacity -

Queensland Health -

Queensland COVID-19 live health data and statistics -

Directives from Chief Health Officer -

Let's keep our mob safe from COVID-19 - fact sheet available here

To submit a health-related enquiry or complaint (including complaints about a person who is breaching their quarantine/self-isolation directions) - phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

Education and schools

Five student free days have been declared for Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April -

Free childcare for parents who require the service to continue work -

$17 million relief package from the Queensland Government for free community kindy for term 2. More information here.

Update as of Friday 3 April - all schools are still set to go back for Term 2 on Monday 20 April, unless future health advice determines otherwise. Cunnamulla P-12 State School's plan for what will happen if in-person teaching at schools doesn't resume next term here.

Update as of Monday 13 April - Queensland school students will be learning at home for the first five weeks of Term 2, with schools only open for the children of essential workers. More information here. Resources for parents teaching at home available at

Queensland border closures

Queensland Government -
Fact sheet also available here

Assistance and free extra data from Telstra

Free 25GB for post-paid and 10GB for pre-paid -

Assistance and free extra data from Optus

Free 20GB for post-paid and 10GB for pre-paid phone plans, plus unlimited data for eligible home broadband plans -

Assistance and increased data for NBN (including Sky Muster) services

Updates from NBN including working from home tips and FAQs - click here

Rex has reached an agreement with QLD Government on reduced air services (updated 9 April)

Rex will now fly to and from Cunnamulla once a week on a Wednesday and are currently waiting to hear back from the Federal Government regarding a funding application to run the service on a Sunday as well - more info here

Access audiobooks and eBooks from your home for free

Use your Rural Libraries Queensland membership (i.e. Cunnamulla, Wyandra or Yowah libraries) to access BorrowBox. More information including how to download the app here -

Home confinement, movement and gatherings for Queenslanders

You should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary. Explanation on new rules here -