Burdekin urged to keep reading as venue closures continue
Council is encouraging locals to make the most of its online free resources, as further facilities including the Burdekin Library and Home Hill branch, Ayr and Home Hill Swimming Pools close.
Burdekin Shire Council is encouraging residents to make the most of its online free resources, as further facilities including the Burdekin Library and Home Hill branch, Ayr and Home Hill Swimming Pools close their doors indefinitely this afternoon.
The announcement comes following the stage 2 direction handed down by Australia’s National Cabinet last night, placing further restrictions on facilities allowed to remain open.
Manager Community Services David Cornwell said the closures were in the best interests of everyone in the Shire, and Library staff were working incredibly hard behind the scenes to produce new online resources to keep all ages occupied.
“The teams at our Burdekin Library and Home Hill branch are incredibly innovative – so have been planning behind the scenes to begin delivering more content than ever digitally in the event of an inevitable closure,” Mr Cornwell said.
“The Burdekin Library offers a fantastic range of resources online already, from documentaries and movies to eBooks and learning platforms such as Lynda, free for our residents to access at any time from their own desktop or mobile.
“Further content creation is being undertaken to deliver family favourite programs such as Storytime digitally, so I encourage all residents to follow the Burdekin Library on Facebook for updates as they become available.
“Libraries and pools are both community hubs – they’re where we gather not just to swim or read, but to be with our friends and to gain new skills. While they are closed, I urge everyone to still find innovative ways to continue those activities; exercising in your backyard, accessing online Library resources, and keeping in touch with friends and family over the phone.
“I want to reiterate the importance of social distancing at this stage: this virus does not travel, but people do. The less we move and the less we interact, the less chances there is for it to spread.”
The Burdekin Library and Home Hill branch will close at 5pm this afternoon, with no penalties or fees in place for overdue resources during the pandemic. The Ayr and Home Hill Swimming Pools will close at 6pm this afternoon, with further updates provided as they become available.
Queensland Health remains the lead agency in relation to COVID-19 – refer to health.qld.gov.au for information and updates.