Coronavirus Update

3rd June 2020
The latest Council update about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Light Regional Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 3 June 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a continuing global crisis, and the Commonwealth and State Government’s responses are evolving continually.

Light Regional Council continues to monitor the situation closely and enact measures to protect the health of our community, visitors and staff, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Actions being taken by Council are in-line with advice and direction from the State Government, and relevant Government Health Authorities.

During this time, Council encourages our residents to play their part – observe stricter personal hygiene and social distancing, stay away from public places if you’re unwell, be respectful to our staff and look out for the vulnerable members of your community.

Key changes since Council’s last update highlighted below:

COVID-Safe Plans and Signage

Businesses that were required to close as part of COVID-19 restrictions must create a COVID-Safe Plan before they can re-open. If you’re unsure if you need to have a plan in place, please go to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan

Sporting clubs and community groups are also strongly encouraged to complete a COVID-Safe Plan to prepare for re-opening their activities and programs. You will need to know the size of your facility to determine the number of people permitted in each room. SafeWork Australia has a range of checklists in their COVID-Safe resource kit to assist you to meet the required conditions. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/covid-19-resource-kit

Signage

Signage templates for display around businesses and sporting facilities are available from the Australian Government and SA Health can be downloaded from:

Record of Attendance at Public Meetings, Libraries and Visitor Information Centre (VIC)

As required by the latest Emergency Management Direction (available here) from 1 June 2020, Council staff are required to record the attendance of people coming into the Council Offices for public meetings and visiting the libraries and VIC. Details to be recorded are name, phone number or email address, and date and time. This information will only be used by SA Health for the purpose of contract tracing should the need arise.

The easing of the restrictions also means that we can start to reintroduce public meetings and increase the number of people visiting our libraries and VIC. The specific number of people per venue and room will be on display in our COVID-Safe Plan, and noted at the entrance to Council facilities.

We thank you for your patience in the event that Council staff are required to limit access to a particular facility for a period of time to ensure compliance with social distancing and density requirements.

Are Council Community Centres/Halls open?

Some facilities are starting to reopen now that restrictions have eased, however most will be required to implement additional procedures to ensure the safety of the public, volunteers and staff. Many of the community facilities in the Council region are operated under a management agreement (e.g. Dutton Park Complex, Freeling Recreation Park), and are run on behalf of the community, by community volunteers. Please be mindful of this when contacting the facility for specific details.

Public playgrounds, skate parks or use a public outdoor gyms

Good news, our playgrounds reopened from Saturday, 8th of May. The community is now able to enjoy the use of these spaces again by following the required social distancing protocols and good hygiene practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Council be cleaning/sanitising the play equipment?

No. Playgrounds are used by a variety of people and it is simply not possible to clean the equipment after each use, so it is vitally important to exercise good hygiene before, during and after using equipment.

Do I need to take hand sanitiser to the playground?

This is a great idea as many within the community love to use our playgrounds. Again, exercising good hygiene is essential to stopping the spread.

Should I clean fitness equipment and playground equipment before use?

You have a personal and community responsibility to practice good hygiene when in the community, particularly when using equipment that is accessible to everyone. Please wipe down the equipment before and after use, and also use hand sanitiser before and after touching surfaces.

Libraries and Visitor Information Centre to re-open

The Freeling Library and Kapunda Library and Visitor Information Centre have reopened. The opening hours for these services have been modified until 30 September 2020 and can be found at https://library.light.sa.gov.au

The Greenock Library will remain closed at this time due to social distancing regulations.

Library to Your Door: Drop and Wave

A new initiative ‘Library to Your Door: Drop and Wave’ FREE delivery service is available to local community members who reside within the Light Regional Council Local Government Area. Go to https://library.light.sa.gov.au or contact the library service on 8525 3200 for more details.

If you’re feeling unwell or unable to make it to one of our libraries, then we encourage you to give us a call on 8525 3200 to book in a delivery.

Community Support Services 

Disability Information Helpline1800 643 787 – it provides information and referrals for people with a disability who need help because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Older Person’s COVID-19 Support line1800 171 866 – has been set up to provide information, support and check on older Australians.

COVIDSafe App

The Australian Government has launched a new voluntary coronavirus app, “COVIDSafe”. The app is an important public health initiative to help keep us safe from further spread of Coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

For more details on how to download the app go to https://www.health.gov.au/news/covidsafe-new-app-to-slow-the-spread-of-coronavirus

Council Services and Closures

Council understands that during this difficult time you may have questions as to how Council services will be affected.

Can I come to the Council office in Kapunda?

Yes, you can although we encourage you to contact Council over the phone (8525 3200) by e-mail (light@light.sa.gov.au), or visit our website at www.light.sa.gov.au for information.

Are meetings still taking place?

Meetings with Council officers

All non-essential face-to-face meetings have been cancelled. Staff will continue to utilise phone or video meeting facilities where practicable.

Should you have a meeting scheduled with a Council officer in the coming period, please contact Council to make alternative arrangements.

Monthly Council meetings

The next Ordinary Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 23 June 2020 and will go ahead as scheduled using video-conferencing.

Council Assessment Panel Meeting

The next Council Assessment Panel (CAP) meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Community Events

Council has been working closely with those persons and community groups that had community events planned for the coming months.  At this time and in the interests of public safety all events have been cancelled.

Mental Health Support

If you feel your mental wellbeing is being impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis, support services are available online at:

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 1800 632 753 open 8am to 8pm 7 days per week, or chat online via the COVID-19 Virtual Support Network (website SACOVIDMentalHealth.org.au)

Lifeline

Beyond Blue

Carers SA 1800 422 737 open 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday

Support Available for Businesses

Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains

Businesses are facing very difficult challenges and opportunities at the moment in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please refer to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains Business Support Page for further information on how you can navigate the Pandemic.

Australian Taxation Office  

To assist businesses experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19, the Australian Taxation Office are implementing a series of relief options. These relief options will not be automatically applied, so you need to contact the Australian Taxation Office to discuss them.

If you or your business are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, phone the Australian Taxation Office Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218, or see the website

ATO website link to COVID-19 specific page

Further Information

The State Government has established a COVID-19 gateway which links to relevant information on State and Federal Government websites. This gateway can be found at www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

In addition, the following information helplines have been established:

National Coronavirus Information Helpline – 1800 020 080

Call this line if you are seeking information and advice on COVID-19. The line operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787

This line is available to South Australians and provides local information on COVID-19 to the general public from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, seven days a week.