Taoist Tai Chi Group has cancelled planned classes.
Taoist Tai Chi Group has cancelled planned classes.

List of cancelled seniors events because of COVID-19

Gold Coast

• Voices in Paradise 2020 will be cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. This is the first time we have had to cancel since the event's inception 8 years ago. Take this opportunity to wish all of you in our singing community (and your families) all the best for your health and safety this year. I hope to see you next year at VIP 2021. All registrations will be refunded by the end of the week. For more, email Jonathan Albertini at director@voicesinparadise.com.au.

Sunshine Coast

• Council-run facilities: Closed indefinitely in line with the Federal Government's new requirements to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The closure includes: Noosa Aquatic Centre (the NAC); Noosa Leisure Centre; Butter Factory Cooroy; Noosa Regional Gallery; The J and Noosa Library Service (Cooroy, Noosaville and Mobile Libraries).

• Group and centre-based activities at Noosa Community Support have already ceased. All Noosa Leisure Centre and Noosa Aquatic Centre memberships and visit passes will be suspended until the facilities re-open. Payments for swimming lessons will also be suspended. While some of the facilities do not meet all of the criteria of the latest advice, Council has decided the closures are in the best interests of the community.

• Library customers will have the opportunity to make use of a lending pick-up service. Residents who'd like to take advantage of the service or want more information, should call the library on (07) 5329 6555. Customers wishing to return borrowed items can use the after-hours return facilities or can hold on to their books until libraries re-open. Council's COVID-19 Response Taskforce is working closely with Queensland Health and the Federal Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health. For further information, contact Council on (07) 5329 6500.

• All Sunshine Coast Council Aquatic Centres are now closed. In consultation with its facilities operators, Sunshine Coast Council has announced all its aquatic centres are now closed. Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mark Jamieson said council and the aquatic centre operators made this difficult decision in line with our collective community responsibility and commitment to the health and wellbeing of facility patrons. The following aquatic centres are closed until further notice: Beerwah Aquatic Centre; Buderim Aquatic Centre; Caloundra Aquatic Centre; Coolum-Peregian Aquatic Centre; Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre; Eumundi Aquatic Centre; Kawana Aquatic Centre; Nambour Aquatic Centre and Palmwoods Aquatic Centre. Caloundra Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre and Eumundi Aquatic Centre also have gym facilities. These gyms are closed until further notice in line with the measures announced by the Australian Government. For information about other council facilities and services during this time, visit council's website, go to sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. The website will be updated if changes are made to council's service delivery as a result of COVID-19.

•The U3A choir's concert which was to be held on March 29 at the Buderim War Memorial hall, has been cancelled. We hope to defer it for about 6 months. For more, phone Yvonne on 0431 550 713.

•The Buderim Foundation breakfast scheduled for March 26 been cancelled. Associate Professor Kellee Slater has kindly indicated her willingness to reschedule the presentation later in the year once the pandemic has run its course. Those already holding tickets to the event will be refunded. Ticket holders will be contacted shortly by email and the event will be rescheduled when appropriate from the health risk point of view. Anyone wanting more information can email info@buderimfoundation.org.au.

•Maleny Garden Club has decided to cancel Gardening on the Edge for 2020. For more, go to malenygardenclub.org.

•The Events Centre Caloundra has taken the decision to the public until May, 4 2020. This decision has not been taken lightly and we believe it is in the best interests of our community, staff and artists. We are currently contacting all individual ticket holders for events that were due to take place in March and April to arrange a refund or to reschedule. For more, go to theeventscentre.com.au.

•Public Talk - How spiritual perception brings healing with Speaker: Alexandre Fischer in Maroochydore on Sunday, March 22 has been cancelled. For more details, go to talksthatchangelives.org or phone 075 443 9939.

• Abbey Medieval Festival Caboolture: Current projections of the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are estimated to continue to affect our health and economy for the next several months. For the safety and wellbeing of our patrons, with heavy hearts we have decided to cancel the Abbey Medieval Festival (Abbey 2020), including the Knighting Ceremony, the Tournament Weekend scheduled to be held July 11 & 12, and the Medieval Banquets, June 27 and July 4. As the primary fundraiser for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, cancelling our much-loved annual Festival for the first time in thirty years has been a difficult and challenging decision. However, we feel an early and proactive decision is both prudent and necessary. We thank everyone involved for your understanding and unwavering support as we navigate through this difficult time.

Ipswich

• Ipswich pools closed: All pools within the Ipswich City Council area will be closed.

This includes: Goodna Pool; Bundamba Pool; Leichhardt Pool; Rosewood Pool; Orion Lagoon; Riverheart Parkland water play area; and Robelle Splash (privately owned and operated). Ipswich City Council will also close Ipswich Nature Centre today. The centre was to close on March 30, but last night's announcement has brought the date forward.

Toowoomba

• Lockyer Valley Regional Council will temporarily close some Council facilities, until further notice. The closure will include all Library facilities, the remainder of the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre (including the Visitor Information Centre, Queensland Transport Museum and Staging Post Cafe) sporting grounds, community halls/centres, the Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Dal Ryan Memorial Pool. The closure includes: Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre and Dal Ryan Memorial Pool - closed; Depot - Access limited to supplier deliveries. Loaning equipment will also cease; Libraries/Library activities - Lockyer Valley Libraries (Gatton and Laidley) are now closed to the public. Residents can still access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and stream movies through our website anytime, anywhere: https://library.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au/; Remainder of the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre (including Visitor Information Centre, Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Valley Art Gallery and Staging Post Cafe) - closed as per the Australian Government directives. The Staging Post Cafe will not be conducting a take-away service; Sporting grounds - closed for all bookings; Community halls/centres - closed for all bookings. The Murphys Creek Community Centre will remain a polling booth for the Local Government election on Saturday 28 March 2020; Customer Contact Centres - Lockyer Valley Regional Council's Customer Contact Centres are now closed to the public. Residents may use our online services at www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 005 872 for any urgent issues; Council events - Due to the Australian Government Patronage Guidelines, all Council-run events or Council-partnered events have been postponed or cancelled. Go to luvyalockyer.com.au for the latest information. Waste services, including the collection and access to transfer stations, remains unchanged. The Gatton Childcare Centre will also continue to operate until Council is directed otherwise. For all health information, go to health.qld.gov.au or for non-urgent health advice call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

• 2020 Toowoomba Model Trains & Hobby Expo Cancelled. In the interests of everyone concerned, this is the only option for us in the current climate. The Coronavirus pandemic is creating difficulties for everyone and logistically the cancellation of the event is preferred over stating postponed. We do of course wish everyone all the best during this difficult period and hopefully we can spring back bigger and better for a 2021 Toowoomba Model Trains & Hobby Expo. Yours in Model Railroading Ted (Teditor) Freeman Secretary - Toowoomba Model Railway Club Inc.

•Empire Theatres is now closed until April 30. Due to this closure, this weekend's Curious Arts Festival and Melinda Schneider's performance has been postponed to dates later in the year. Performances between now and April 30 will be cancelled or postponed until later in the year with patrons entitled to a refund on cancelled events. For more information, phone 1300 655 299 or go to empiretheatre.com.au.

•The Hampton Festival has been cancelled for 2020. Held annually on the third Sunday in May, the food and cultural extravaganza has an extensive events program giving you a unique, authentic High Country experience and highlights the autumn season and natural beauty of the Hampton region. While the current situation is unprecedented, we look forward to being able to once again share the sights, sounds and tastes of our unique event on May 16, 2021. Visitors who had already purchased 2020 Hampton Festival tickets via our online system will be refunded in full. We would like to thank our sponsors, committee members, volunteers and the wider community for their support. For more, go to hamptonfestival.com/.

Northern NSW

• Community Facilities: Ballina Shire Council is taking all necessary precautions to keep the community and our staff safe.In response to social distancing requirements issued by the Australian Government to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has changed the operating hours at the following facilities: Ballina War Memorial Pool and Alstonville Aquatic Centre opening hours will be: 6am to 9am Monday to Sunday and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Sunday. The following facilities are closed until further notice: Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC) and Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre. Updates regarding the operations of council services and facilities are available on Council's website, go to ballina.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 864 444.

Central Coast

• Lake Mac libraries, pools and gallery close: Council will close all four of its patrolled beaches, all six Swim Centres, all Council run Community Halls, Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, Visitor Information Centre and operate reduced services at Lake Mac Library branches across the City in response to tighter restrictions of non-essential services and to ensure the health and safety of Lake Macquarie residents. Given the current advice from NSW Health, the closure of these facilities by Council are vital to help safeguard our community as we all work to limit the spread of COVID-19. Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser is urging the community to keep up-to-date and is asking residents to remain calm and mindful of others as the situation unfolds. Core Council services, such as waste collections, roadworks and maintenance, have not been impacted. Cultural facilities around the City will also close their doors as of tomorrow including Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and reduced services operating from Lake Mac Library branches. Lake Mac Libraries will continue to offer a broad range of digital programs, content and services online including a limited number of bookable computers for people to access the internet. In addition, a Click and Collect service is available at Charlestown, Speers Point, Swansea and Toronto libraries, and a home delivery service is also available for senior library members only. For more information and to access Lake Mac Library online services, go to library.lakemac.com.au.Council continues to take a proactive approach to keeping the Lake Macquarie community updated as the current situation progresses. A dedicated web page has been published on Council's website at lakemac.com.au/COVID-19 that has more information and helpful links to NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health.

• Lake Mac Holiday Parks close: The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the closure to tourists of all four Lake Mac Holiday Parks. Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said the decision was heartbreaking but necessary given the current situation.The holiday parks - Swansea Lakeside, Belmont Lakeside, Wangi Wangi and Blacksmiths Beachside - will remain open to permanent on-site residents, totalling about 20 across the four sites. Provisions will be made for tourists already in the parks who are unable to return home due to travel restrictions. Customers with future bookings are being contacted and are eligible for either a refund or a credit to be used in the next 12 months. Go to lakemacholidayparks.com.au/covid-19 for more. We ask that those in transit contact our parks prior to arrival, on 1800 626 438. Lake Mac Holiday Parks contracts 25 staff across its four sites for reception, cleaning, maintenance and landscaping duties. We apologise for any disappointment this decision might cause but hope we can welcome more visitors in the not-too-distant future.

•All performances at NORPA and Lismore City Hall between now and April 30 have been cancelled or postponed as follows: Postponed - new dates to be confirmed; Ross Noble¬ | Tues 24 March 2020; Backbone | Fri 27 & Sat 28 March 2020; Taylor Henderson | Sat 18 April 2020; World of Musicals | Sun 17 May 2020. Cancelled - Sleeping Beauty | Mon 30 & Tues 31 March 2020; The Choir of Man | Fri 3 April 2020. For more go to, norpa.org.au.

•Ballina Country Music Club has cancelled two "Live Country Music Days" CHARITY DAY SUNDAY, March 29MARCH at The BALLINA RSL CLUB at 9am till 5pm, funds to LOCAL EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER SERVICES and MONTHLY "LIVE MUSIC DAY" on SUNDAY, APRIL 5 at The BALLINA RSL CLUB. We hope to we will be able to resume our fantastic live music days soon. For more, phone Keith Holmes on 0400 867 956.

•Regretfully, Anniversary Day at New Italy on April 5 has had to be postponed ensuring safety for participants. A new date will be provided as soon as possible. For more, contact John Barnes on 0408 662 878.

•The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra has cancelled "Autumn Melodies". We regret to advise that this concert has been cancelled due to the increased risk of spreading the coronavirus. For further information phone 0478 012 324.

•Richmond Tweed Regional Library now closed. Measures to reduce potential spread of Coronavirus to vulnerable community members. For more, go to rtrl.nsw.gov.au.

Mid North Coast

• Coffs Harbour City Council's Library branches, Regional Museum and Regional Gallery will temporarily be closed. A review of the closures will be undertaken from April 14, 2020. Library users will still be able to access all the usual Library digital services during this time. The due dates of all current loaned items have been automatically extended to May 1 2020. There is no need for borrowers to return any loaned material before that date. This due date will also be reviewed on April 14, 2020.

• No public entry will be allowed into Council's offices - including the Customer Service Centre in Coff Street - as a precaution to help reduce the risk of Coronavirus Covid-19 infection within the organisation and the community. The critical message is that Council remains open for business, it is just that customers and the community are encouraged to use phone, online, digital and other alternate channels to access our services. People can access Council's range of online services 24/7, including the submission of Development Applications (DAs), go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/OnlineServices, call Council on 02 6648 4000 or email us via coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au Anyone needing to make account payments is being asked either to use the online payment options detailed on the account, or call Council during business hours.

• Woolgoolga, Nana Glen and Sawtell public swimming pools were closed last week and will not reopen before September 2020. After consultation with Council, Lane 4 Aquatics has also now closed Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool, but this closure will be regularly reviewed.

• The Jetty Memorial Theatre is also closed in line with the Australian Government's closure of all entertainment venues. Go to jettytheatre.com for updates on specific shows regarding cancellations and postponements. The Jetty Theatre Facebook page and website will be kept updated with the status of events. Ticketholders can contact the Box Office regarding a refund or exchange. If you require further information please contact the Box Office Tuesday to Friday 12noon - 4pm, on (02) 6648 4930.

• Sportz Central and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery are closed. A review of Sportz Central's closure will take place on March 29, 2020. This is a constantly evolving situation and we are continually monitoring updates from the Australian and NSW Governments to ensure our operations are in line with the latest advice. The health and safety of our staff and community remains our ongoing priority. For information on current changes to our programs and services, please go to Council's website coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus. We are also encouraging people to listen live to Council Meetings by connecting to Coffs Harbour City Council on Mixlr or via the free Mixlr app for android or iPhone/iPad devices. Simply install the Mixlr app then search for the Coffs Harbour City Council stream. Audio recordings of Council Meetings are also available on SoundCloud the Monday after the draft minutes are published on Council's website, go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au.

•Coffs Harbour City Council has made the decision in consultation with pool operators to close Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Nana Glen public swimming pools from Sunday, March 22. These pools usually operate from September to the end of April. They will remain closed until September 2020. The Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool is usually open all year round. A review on the operation of that pool will be undertaken no later than Monday, March 23, or sooner if required. Anyone with any questions with regards to Learn to Swim programs or other pool-related activities, is asked to please contact the pool operators on 02 6652 1779.

•The Wauchope Show Society Board of Directors held a meeting on Saturday, March 14 to discuss our upcoming show in April. It is with deep sadness that we must inform you, our Community, that it has been decided to follow suit with the Sydney Royal Easter Show and advice from Government departments and cancel the Wauchope Show due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

•Maclean Highland Gathering at Maclean Show Grounds, Maclean on April 10 & 11 has been cancelled. For more go to, macleanhighlandgathering.com.au.

Brisbane

•Redland Performing Arts Centre will be closed until Thursday, April 30 with all performances during this time cancelled or postponed. Performances from May 2020 onwards will be reviewed regularly and updates will be available on the RPAC website at rpac.com.au and on the RPAC Facebook page /RedlandPerformingArtsCentre.

•Redland gallery and library cancellations include: Floor talks and morning teas; Family Sundays at the Gallery; Parents and Prams; Adult workshops; School holiday kids' and teens' workshops. Cancelled library programs include: Children's programs; Technology programs; Adult literacy; Pop-up libraries; Author talks; and School holiday activities. Watch Council's website and social media for updates. For the latest health advice, go to health.qld.gov.au. Further information go to redland.qld.gov.au.

•The 31st Alliance Francaise Brisbane and our venue partner Palace Cinemas have made the difficult decision to cancel the event that was scheduled until April 19. Palace representatives will shortly contact patrons who have booked online. Any patrons seeking refunds for in-person bookings can contact Palace Barracks by phone 07 3367 1356, in person or via email feedback@palacecinemas.com.au with images of tickets.

•Palace Cinemas has reviewed advice from The Australian Government and we've made the difficult decision to temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations from Thursday, March 19 for an indefinite period to protect both our staff and patrons. We intend to re-open as soon as circumstances allow, with the usual rich selection of quality cinema and our much-loved international festivals. Watch for further announcements. Patrons who have booked online for future sessions will be contacted shortly and offered a returnable form to receive a full-refund. Any Patrons seeking refunds for in-person bookings can email their relevant Palace Cinema location or go to palacecinemas.com.au/palace-cinemas-response-to-coronavirus/.

Wide Bay

•EnviroTech Day Gympie Saturday, April 4. It is with significant regret that this day has been postponed. The Reference Group has decided that the COVID 19 threat requires we do this in order to keep our community safe as well as protect all visiting Stall holders. Apologies for the inconvenience. For more contact Murray Keys, President Gympie Community Solar Association on 0421 607 930.


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