Transcription of Brisbane Lord Mayor discusses the latest on how we are responding to coronavirus

I'm Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you with the latest information about how our city is responding to the challenges caused by coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced strict new social distancing rules which have required the closure of playgrounds, outdoor gyms, BMX tracks and fenced dog parks.

I know these facilities are really valued by local residents, but right now, community safety is the top priority.

From this Friday, all kerbside collections will be temporarily postponed to protect staff.

Council is working hard to help local business in practical ways and, from next week, seven-day payments for Council’s small business suppliers will be introduced to boost business cash flow when they need it the most. 

By paying small businesses faster for their services, we can help support local jobs.

In addition, all Council fees and charges have been waived for community groups and local businesses, and rates relief options are also available for those struggling to pay their bills.

These are unprecedented times and I cannot stress the importance of following the Federal and State governments’ advice.

The restrictions on our daily lives may seem strict and frustrating, but let's be clear - they exist to help save lives. They exist specifically to protect the health of our elderly and vulnerable residents.

For those times where it’s essential to leave the house, Council will continue to make sure you can do so as safely as possible.

And if you’re experiencing genuine hardship please contact Council on 3403 8888 to discuss assistance options.

As always, changes to council facilities, events and services will continue to be reported on Council's website at brisbane.qld.gov.au.

For the most up to date health advice, visit health.gov.au or call the Commonwealth Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.

As we continue to face the challenges and uncertainty ahead, let's never forget that we are stronger together.

It's perfectly normal to be frustrated and angry at the situation we're all in, but let's not be frustrated and angry with each other! 

It's a time for kindness, it's a time for patience and it's a time to look out for each other!

We will get through this together.

Last updated:6 May 2020