Light Regional Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 12 May 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a continuing global crisis, and the Nations response is 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 State and Federal Governments, 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:
- Playgrounds across the Light Region re-open.
- Libraries and Visitor Information Centre to re-open
- New “Library to Your Door: Drop and Wave” free delivery service available
- Support services available to the Community
- Download the COVIDSafe App
Public playgrounds, skate parks or use a public outdoor gyms
Good news, our playgrounds have 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 possibly 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 Kapunda Library will re-open to the public at 9am on Thursday, 14th of May and the Freeling Library at 9am on Monday, 18th of May.
For the time being, we're encouraging you to make your visit short due to the 10 person limit. This will mean more people will be able to come and visit us! We'll have plenty of hand sanitiser available and ask that you use it when you enter. You're also welcome to use the sanitiser again when you leave. This will help keep us all safe. Don't forget the social distancing measures too - no closer than 1.5 metres between people (except for family members from the same household).
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 Helpline: 1800 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 line: 1800 171 866 – has been set up to provide information, support and check on older Australians.
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.
To ensure that Council is playing its part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 it has complied with the directions given by the Federal Government on 25 March 2020.
Details of these necessary changes are outlined below:
Can I still come to the Council offices in Kapunda and Freeling?
No. Council, unfortunately, has experienced instances of members of the public accessing its facilities whilst unwell, counter to widely-promoted information with respect to COVID-19.
As a result, ratepayers and residents who need to access a service, have an enquiry or need to pay a bill are invited to do so on-line, over the phone (8525 3200) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are still here to provide services, but we are obliged to do so with appropriate safeguards until the pandemic has passed.
In addition to office-based work, all of Council’s outdoor operations such as road, footpath, parks & gardens and other maintenance & capital works, waste management and community wastewater management will continue to be provided.
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 Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 26 May 2020 and will go ahead as scheduled. The format of the meeting is likely to allow for more use of electronic devices such as videoconferencing, based upon recent changes to legislation tailored to the circumstances created by the pandemic.
Council Assessment Panel Meeting
The next Council Assessment Panel (CAP) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 3 June 2020 and will go ahead as scheduled.
Note: Council is working to shift all CAP meetings into a digital format. This will result in the meeting scheduled for Wednesday 6 May 2020 and all subsequent meetings being live-streamed for the foreseeable future.
Are Council Community Centres/Halls open?
The following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Hewett Community Centre; and
- All township halls and public facilities (e.g. FARM Centre, sporting clubrooms, RSL clubrooms etc.).
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:
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.
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 8:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week.