Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will temporarily cease plant giveaways until further notice.
TRC Chief Executive Officer Brian Pidgeon said the decision is based on advice provided by the government and community expectations that promotes greater levels of social distancing in the interests of public health and safety.
“During this unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) health event, we must abide by the advice given to us by the State and Federal Governments,” Mr Pidgeon said.
“The decision will mean that all plant giveaways scheduled for March and April 2020 at Ramsay Street Nursery Toowoomba, Oakey and Millmerran are postponed until further notice.
“If you are yet to use any of your free plant vouchers, keep hold of them. All vouchers can be redeemed for your free plants as soon as Council’s plant giveaway programs recommence.
“Council apologises for any inconvenience this temporary cessation of plant giveaways may cause.
“Council is not removing the service; only temporarily ceasing plant giveaways in response to community sentiment and health guidelines.
“The current situation requires swift but measured action, and we’re doing our best to respond as quickly as possible to Commonwealth Government directions and Queensland Health advice, partnered with our own risk assessment which prioritises the health and wellbeing of the community and our employees.”