17 March 2020
A message from our President Peter Ogilvie about the COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, I wanted to write and let you know the measures we are taking to respond to the pandemic and help protect our members and supporters, staff and volunteers.
These measures are in line with the national objective to slow the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia by taking additional steps to reduce community transmission.
At this stage, our physical office remains open. However, to minimise the level of direct contact, we have reduced on-site staff to a minimum and have adopted a range of personal social distancing and hygiene measures. We have also asked volunteers to stay home until further notice and are limiting visitors to the office.
We have cancelled the monthly Wildlife Queensland council meeting and all events and meetings for the next 30 days.
We will be reviewing these measures on an ongoing basis to determine whether they remain an appropriate response.
In the event that our office closes, people will still be able to access Wildlife Queensland by phone, email and our website.
The biodiversity crisis continues to require an urgent response. We are confident in our ability to continue our vital work advocating for, protecting and conserving our native animals, plants and landscapes for future generations.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we remain Your Voice for Your Wildlife.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Will Wildlife Queensland Branches still be holding scheduled monthly meetings and events?
A. Wildlife Queensland Branches are assessing the formats and timings of upcoming meetings and events and will keep you informed of any changes. Please refer to our Facebook page and individual WPSQ Branch Facebook pages for updates.
Q. How can I reduce the spread of COVID-19?
To help slow the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, the Department of Health recommends practising social distancing and good hygiene.
Social distancing includes:
- staying at home when you are unwell
- avoiding public gatherings if they’re not essential
- keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
- minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions.
Good hygiene includes:
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly
- washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
- cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets.