COVID-19 response and updates

(as at 15 May 2020)

The Queensland and Australian response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to evolve, with measures being put in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and safeguard the health and safety of the community.

Queensland Health is leading the Queensland Government’s response and it is important for all Queenslanders to keep informed and follow the latest health advice - www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

The Department of Environment and Science is actively managing its response in line with the latest advice from health experts and has activated its Business Continuity Plan to ensure it is able to continue to deliver core services.

Supporting Queensland’s environment, economy and its communities remains a top priority and we continue to deliver all environmental management, protection, incident response and regulation services.

To safeguard the health and safety of the community and support affected industries, the following arrangements are in place.

  • All public facing DES offices are currently closed but the department can still be contacted by phone and email.
  • All national park and state forest day use areas and walking tracks reopened midnight 15 May. Camping areas and some popular rock pools remain closed for public safety. Find out more at Park Alerts about specific locations and latest updates.
  • Recreation Areas including K’gari (Fraser Island), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) reopened midnight 15 May for day use visitors (camping and overnight stays are not yet allowed under Stage 1 restrictions).
  • Bribie Island and Cooloola Recreation Areas remain closed at this time.
  • All Gateway Visitor Centres are closed—this includes the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and David Fleay Wildlife Park.
  • Cultural institutions and arts centres are closed and public events and programing are cancelled into the foreseeable future.
    Arts Queensland is implementing a number of measures to support the arts sector.
    Find out more at www.arts.qld.gov.au
  • The Odour Abatement Taskforce shopfront at Ipswich is closed.
    The Taskforce is still responding to odour complaints which can be made by calling 1300 130 372 (option 3) or through the online form.
  • The Queensland Herbarium public reference centre is closed as is the front counter service for receiving specimens in person. Specimens can still be sent by post or Queensland.Herbarium@qld.gov.au.
  • The Queensland Government will defer the commencement of the new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities requirements and the new sediment and nutrient emission standard for new point source activities under the Reef protection regulations until 1 June 2021. Public consultation on the draft standard conditions for new or expanded commercial cropping and horticulture has also been suspended and will recommence later in 2020.
  • COVID-19 information and resources are available for environmental authority holders.

As the situation evolves and to ensure continuity of the delivery of our critical services we may be required to enact further business continuity plans. We will keep you informed of any changes that may impact service delivery and operations as soon as possible. Read more about the best way to contact us.

For the latest information about the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 response visit www.qld.gov.au

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