Merry Christmas from Rockhampton Regional Council

Published on 22 December 2020


Everyone at Rockhampton Regional Council would like to wish the community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Although 2020 has been a year like no other, it hasn’t been all bad: check out our Year in Review video on our Facebook page.

Most of our offices and services will adjust their opening hours from 3pm on Christmas Eve until Monday 4 January, but the Zoo will be open every day apart from Christmas Day and waste and recycling collections will continue as normal. The full details of opening times are below. If you need any assistance from Council over this period please call our 24 hour number – 1300 22 55 77.

Acting Mayor Neil Fisher said:

“This time last year when we were all reflecting on 2019, we had absolutely no idea what was in store for us in 2020. It’s definitely been a year that I’ll put on my anti-bucket list.

“This year has certainly not been without significant challenges, but I really want to focus on the best of 2020. Through resilience, determination and unity, Council delivered some fantastic initiatives and projects for our Region.

“Following the onset of COVID restrictions Council quickly announced a $1.3 million relief package for businesses and community groups, we maintained a robust workforce of 925 full time equivalent employees, and we worked closely with community groups to develop and roll out a COVID-19 grant program.

“Council invested $96.1 million on capital works projects throughout the 2019/20 financial year, boosting our local economy and driving job creation. We spent $10.7 million in our rural road network and thanks to our strong local preference policy we also spent $113.3 million on goods and services from local businesses within the Rockhampton Regional Council boundaries this year.

“We are seeing significant progress on the long-awaited Rockhampton Museum of Art which is on track for its 2021 completion date and were the first regional airport in the country to reveal the new state of the art body scanners and baggage screening equipment required by the Australian Government’s Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative.

“Recent upgrades to Mt Archer, the new Mt Morgan bike trail, our new meerkat additions and the announcement of another baby chimp for the zoo are set to bring even more visitors to our Region and we can begin to get excited about some major events returning in 2021.

“On behalf of all Councillors and staff I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.”

Christmas and New Year opening hours and closures

Rockhampton Regional Libraries

24 December

Southside, Northside 9am – 4pm
Gracemere CLOSED

Mount Morgan 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm

25 – 28 December (inclusive)


29 December

Southside - 9am – 5.30pm

Mount Morgan - 9am – 1pm, 2pm-5pm normal hours

Northside and Gracemere – CLOSED

30 December

Southside - 9am – 5.30pm

Mount Morgan - 9am – 1pm, 2pm-5pm normal hours

Northside and Gracemere – CLOSED

31 December

Southside - 9am – 5.30pm

Mount Morgan - 9am – 1pm, 2pm-5pm normal hours

Northside and Gracemere – CLOSED

1-3 January – All CLOSED

4 January

Southside & Gracemere open 9am-5.30pm

Northside & Mt Morgan CLOSED

5 January

Southside & Gracemere open 9am-5.30pm

Mount Morgan open 9am – 1pm, 2pm-5pm

Northside CLOSED

Animal Management Centre

24 December – closing at 3pm

25 to 28 December (inclusive) – closed

29, 30 and 31 December – 7am to 4.30pm

1 January 2021 – closed

2 and 3 January – 7am to 10am

Rockhampton Zoo

Open as normal apart from being closed on Christmas Day


The airport will operate as normal

Waste Management Facilities and Collection

All manned waste facilities will be closed on Christmas Day but open as per normal at all other times. Waste and Recycling Collection will operate as per normal. 

Pilbeam Theatre Box Office

The Pilbeam Theatre Box Office and Administration Office, including Rockhampton and Mount Morgan Showgrounds will be closed during the shutdown period. The Administration Office will reopen on 4 January and the Box Office will reopen on 11 January 2021.

City Child Care Centre

CLOSED 18 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 inclusive, reopening 4 January 2021.

Visitor Information Centre

The Visitor Information Centre will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas Day – Friday 25th December 2020
  • Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2020
  • Sunday 27th December 2020
  • Monday 28th December 2020
  • Wednesday 30th December 2020
  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1st January 2021
  • Sunday 3rd January 2021
  • Monday 4th January 2021