The CHANGE Project Newsletter
Be Active, Eat Well, Live Well
Welcome to the July e-Bulletin!
An e-bulletin designed to provide important updates about healthy lifestyle and active recreation activities in the Region!

The Easing of Restrictions- Stage 3

On Friday 3 July the State Government moved to Stage 3 of the Roadmap to easing COVID-19 Restrictions.This change means that:
  • Fitness providers may increase the number of people in their classes
  • Sporting clubs may commence full fixtures/competition and events, including for contact sports. 
  • All groups can now use all clubhouse facilities i.e. change rooms, showers/toilets, canteen, storage etc. 
*All activities must still be undertaken in accordance with an Approved Industry COVID Safe Plan, which have been updated with Stage 3 requirements. Access the plans here.
Fitness Providers:
The State Government’s Approved Industry COVID Safe Plan for Fitness Facilities identifies the requirements of running fitness activities under Stage 3. 
The number of people in an indoor space is limited to the base occupant density of; 
  • one person per two square metres for venues of 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50 people), and 
  • one person per four square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.
This will allow all persons to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from any other person whilst exercising or using fitness facilities. Outdoor areas will see physical distancing requirements maintained. The previous booking requirements have been removed however the need to track attendance at classes remains. 
Organised Community Sport:
The State Government's Approved Industry COVID Safe Plans outline the requirements under which sport can commence training activities under Stage 3. This includes requirements for field sports, aquatic sport, outdoor team sports and indoor sports groups. 
Key changes include:
  • Clubs/teams may now participate in activities such as fixtures/competitions and events (eg. carnivals, championships, etc.) in addition to training activities
  • Contact sporting activities may recommence with full contact being permitted on the field of play (physical distancing requirements on field no longer apply). At all other times, participants, coaches, officials, trainers and spectators are to observe physical distancing requirements and undertake sound hygiene practices as detailed in the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan. 
  • Clubs/teams may participate with groups larger than 20 (no limit applies)
Fitness Providers and Sporting clubs are encouraged to read the relevant Approved Industry COVID Safe Plan plan to ensure they can meet the requirements of undertaking activities. All providers/clubs seeking to undertake activities at Council parks/facilities will be required to adhere to the Approved Industry COVID Safe Plan requirements or the Roadmap to Easing Restriction and Return to Play Guidelines,  as a condition of acquiring a Park Fitness Permit  or Seasonal Permit through Council. Any providers or sporting clubs utilising Council facilities are solely responsible for ensuring ALL requirements of the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan are met. 

We also require a signed Statement Of Compliance before any booking can be approved. These certificates need to be displayed prominently at any venue being utilised in accordance with an Approved Industry COVID Safe Plan. 


Under Stage 3, events such as championships, markets, carnivals, and gala days can recommence. Specific requirements for events, which are not part of a club's regular competition/fixtures, have been introduced:
  • Events with fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • For events with 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • For events with over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer
Guidance for hosting events can be found under the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events.  Under the Framework, Statements of Compliance are necessary for completion when hosting an event:
Clubs are required to print and complete the relevant Statement of Compliance for COVID Safe Events and display it in a prominent, visible location at your event. Council also require a signed Statement of Compliance when assessing bookings for events. An Events FAQs resource has been developed to assist. 
More Information:
For further information about fitness activities and organised sport under Stage 3, please speak to your peak body, your local State Sport & Recreation Advisor or QLD Health representative. The following hotline and email has also been provided for further enquiries:
• Email: 
• Phone: (07) 3330 6166  

FairPlay Voucher Applications are now open 

Parents, carers and guardians can now apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers. This round has been extended to include those parents, carers and guardians receiving JobKeeper payments. In its entirety, the program aims to support up to 73,000 young participants. 

To check eligibility and apply for a FairPlay Voucher, access the State Government website here

Please note, if you have a Round 2 voucher, the expiration date of your voucher has been extended, and can be presented to activity providers by 11 November 2020. 
Sport & Recreation Community Grants Program 

Applications have officially opened for round two of Council's Sport and Recreation Community Grants Program. 

Eligible organisations may apply for a grant of up to 50% of the funding gap (total project cost excluding GST less other grant sources) up to a maximum of $150,000. Funding is allocated on a dollar-for-dollar, matched funding basis. The main priority for this grant program is infrastructure projects that increase participation and assist volunteers. Applications close 1 August 2020.

The relevant grant guidelines including eligibility criteria and the required application forms can be found on the Sport and Recreation community grants program webpage here.

For more information and advice please contact Daniel ( or Sherridan (, or phone 131 872. 
Heritage Bank COVID-19 Kick-Start Grants

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many charities are struggling financially at the same time as they face increased demand for services. Heritage Bank Charitable Foundation have announced their inaugural grant round to support Australia charities continue to deliver vital programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this round, they will be providing up to $90,000 to support eligible charities who have seen their fundraising revenue severely reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.They plan to provide nine charities who provide services in the Heritage Bank communities with grants of up to $10,000.

For more information and eligibility, visit the Heritage Bank website here.    
New CHANGE Project Classes

Group Training at Fierce Fitness
When: Monday, 5:30pm
Where: Fierce Fitness Toowoomba, 175 Hursley Road
Cost: $5.00 per person
Contact: Coach Dan Dan- phone 0429 770 196 or email

Fierce Trudge Club
A social and motivating walking/running group for people of all abilities and fitness levels. 
When: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30am
Where: Meet at Fierce Fitness Toowoomba, 175 Hursley Road
Cost: Free
Contact: Coach Dan Dan- phone 0429 770 196 or email

Meditation and Gentle Movement in Peacehaven Park
When: Tuesday 8:30am-9:00am
Where:  Peacehaven Park (main field), Kuhls Rd Highfields
Cost: $3.00 per person
Contact: Brittany- phone 0432 801 553 or email
The Home Project: Ep. 5 
Toowoomba Regional Council and Youth Connect have partnered with SWQ Regional Arts and local artists to create The Home Project – a free online arts program to help young people and their families get creating and making at home.
Their fifth workshop, City Centre Treasure Map, has officially launched on:
In this workshop, create your own treasure hunt through the heart of Toowoomba City!

When you’re finished, we’d love to see your artworks! You can share your creations using the #homeprojectTR.
Maintenance and Upgrade Request Reminder

If you notice something in the community that requires maintenance, please contact Council and let us know. Examples include lights that have blown, fields that require maintenance or other such minor repairs. 

If you have ideas on how our existing facilities could be upgraded, we always appreciate your input. Examples of upgrade requests might be improvements or extensions to existing sheds, fences or field surface upgrades. Your input will be included in the process of our future planning. In most circumstances upgrades are dependant on budget approval in future financial years.

Maintenance and upgrade requests can be made by completing a Sporting field - Maintenance request form or Sporting field - Upgrade request form and emailing the completed form to While all requests will be carefully considered, submitting a request does not guarantee that works will go ahead. Staff will be in contact with you as your form is processed.

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