Light Regional Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 25 August 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.
State Government Response to COVID-19
The State Government has established a COVID-19 website www.sa.gov.au/covid-19 which links to relevant information on State and Federal Government websites.
In addition, the following information helpline has been established:
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 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week.
Emergency Declarations and Directions
Current Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2004 issued by the State Coordinator can be found here.
These Directions outline measures put in place to make sure all activities and businesses are COVID-Safe. The aim of these measures is to restrict the spread of any COVID-19 infection in the community. This includes:
- COVID-Safe Plan
- COVID Management Plan
- COVID Marshals
From 21 August 2020, COVID Marshals will be required across several businesses or activities to ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met.
For more information about COVID Marshals go to: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/covid-marshals
If you want to know more about these State Government requirements go to: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery
Council continues to work closely with organisers and community groups regarding the requirements for Defined Public Activities, including events. Several Frequently Asked Questions and fact sheets are available on the SA COVID-19 website to assist your event planning, and preparation of COVID-Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans.
Please check the SA COVID-19 website regularly, as restrictions and/or requirements are subject to change at short notice
Signage templates for display around businesses and sporting facilities are available from the Australian Government and SA Health can be downloaded from:
Council Services and Facilities
Can I come to the Council office?
Meetings with Council officers
Meetings with council staff are possible, however, it is preferred that ‘phone or video meetings are utilised in preference to face-to-face. Where a face-to-face meeting is required, such meetings will be guided by the relevant COVID-Safe Plan and social distancing and density requirements in effect.
Monthly Council meetings
Ordinary Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month. Due to social distancing restrictions, members of the public are invited to view the live meetings online at https://www.light.sa.gov.au/yourcouncil/meetings/councilmeetings
Record of Attendance
As required by State Government Direction, Council staff are required to record the attendance of people coming into the Council Offices for public meetings and visiting the Visitor Information Centre. Details to be recorded include 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 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 if Council staff are required to limit access to a facility for a period to ensure compliance with social distancing and density requirements.
Libraries and Visitor Information Centre
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.
Are Council Community Centres/Halls open?
Some facilities have reopened now that restrictions have eased, however, they have been 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 of public outdoor gyms
The community is now able to enjoy the use of these spaces again by following the required social distancing protocols and good hygiene practices. Council will not be cleaning/sanitising the play equipment, so please consider bringing along your own hand sanitiser and you may want to wipe down some parts of the equipment before use. Please do not visit these spaces if you or someone in your group is unwell.
Community Support Services
Disability Information Helpline: 1800 643 787 – 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.
Mental Health Support
If you feel your mental wellbeing is being impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis, support services are available online at:
Carers SA 1800 422 737 open 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday
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
Support Available for Businesses
Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains
Businesses are facing very difficult challenges and opportunities now 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 via the website at https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/
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.