All roads in and out of Carpentaria Shire Council will be closed from Monday until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Local Disaster Management Group has taken the decision to restrict the movement of non-essential people and Council will install Variable Message Signs at Julia Creek on the Sedan Dip Road and at Croydon on the Gulf Development Road. The road open/closure signage on the Burke Development Road at Cloncurry will also indicate the road closure to Normanton from that area.
Transport companies that require Restricted Road Use Permits are encouraged to obtain these through the usual arrangements. Carpentaria Shire Council Restricted Road Use Permits are available at https://www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au/discover/roads-and-weather
Movement on these roads is for essential travel only. People with medical appointments should follow the restricted road use permit process to ensure accurate records can be kept and adhere to the national standards of social-distancing, hygiene and self-isolation during their travels.
It comes as all 31 western councils issue a call to close their borders.
Queensland police and Council encourage travellers to return home or stay put as tighter restrictions are put in place.
Chair of the LDMG group Jack Bawden is asking for cooperation off the community and the travelling public and asks that everyone respect the decision to close these roads.
Council library facilities will no longer be offering book requests via phone through pick up and drop off methods
All Council community and recreation facilities (Shire hall, Civic Centre, Rodeo Grounds), including council managed and hired facilities will be closed and any current bookings are now cancelled.
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