Cr Geoff McDonald
Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald

March 17, 2021

Toowoomba Regional Council is assessing the historic Jondaryan Woolshed to work out what work needs to be done before it can re-open.

The popular tourist attraction has been closed since February 2020, initially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it was closed, the TRC carried out repairs at the facility.

Cr Geoff McDonald said Council was now carrying out a detailed building and safety assessment to determine how much it will cost to bring the facility to a safe and operational standard.

“The Jondaryan Woolshed is an iconic part of the Toowoomba Region,” Cr McDonald said.

“The venue has been closed since February 2020 and had only just commenced a plan to reopen in stages for private functions.

“We would all love to see the facility back open and running as soon as possible but it’s important we carry out this assessment first to get a better understanding of what further work is required.

“Following the assessment, Council and the Board of Jondaryan Woolshed will get together and make a plan on the best way to move forward.

“Unfortunately, this means the facility will remain temporarily closed to the general public.

“We understand how this decision made by Council will have an impact on operations and would like to thank the current Board of the Jondaryan Woolshed for their support and oversight of the centre during a challenging yet opportunistic time.

“The Jondaryan Woolshed Board is made up of a group of industry professionals who are dedicated to the success of the Woolshed. I would personally like to thank this skills-based Board for their commitment to the Jondaryan Woolshed and to the Toowoomba Region.

“In the meantime we will work through the implications of this closure, such as existing bookings for private functions, the respective roles and responsibilities of Council and the Board of the Jondaryan Woolshed and employment arrangements for staff and volunteers.”

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