Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates

ROAD CLOSURES ACROSS SOUTHERN MALLEE DISTRICT COUNCIL:

Frequently Asked Questions

The State Government has announced a full border closure between Victoria and South Australia to limit the spread of Covid-19. All roads into South Australia from Victoria will be closed from 00.00 on Thursday 9 July. The State Government has requested Southern Mallee District Council manages the closure of a number of roads.

Q. Which roads will be closed?

All road entry points into South Australia, from Victoria, will be closed.

Roads classified ‘Tier A’ and ‘Tier B’ are being managed by the State Government. They are:

  • Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo
  • Summerton Road – Mulcra Road (becomes Panitya North Road), Pinnaroo

Closure of roads classified ‘Tier C’ are being managed by Council. These roads are:

  • Yarrahville Road – Logan Road, Pinnaroo
  • Oster Road, Pinnaroo
  • Nickolls Road – Ngallo Road, Pinnaroo
  • East Road, Pinnaroo
  • Tiller Road, Pinnaroo
  • Hamilton Road, Pinnaroo

Q. Why is the Council closing these roads?

Council has established these road closures at the request of the State Government. Further details can be found at the Government of South Australia website here.

Q. When will the roads be closed?

Council has actioned the closures from Thursday morning 9 July 2020 with all necessary signage.

Q. Can people travel across the border on these roads before they are officially closed?

Any travel into South Australia from Victoria is prohibited from 00.00, Thursday 9 July, regardless of physical closures or policing of borders.

Q. Are there any exceptions?

A person travelling from Victoria is prohibited from entering South Australia unless they are an Essential Traveller under Schedule 2 for purposes listed here.

Essential travellers living in cross border communities will still be able to enter the South Australia, however there will be further restrictions and now they cannot travel further than 50 kilometres over the border into South Australia.

Q. How long will these closures remain in force?

The closures are likely to remain in place for at least four weeks. We will update the community as and when there are any changes.

Q. Will these road closures be monitored and/or policed?

Tier A and B roads will be staffed by SAPOL and Tier C roads will be patrolled regularly.

Q. Where can I get more information

Council will endeavour to keep the community informed of the changing situation, via our website www.southernmallee.sa.gov.au and Facebook page. The most up to date and reputable information and alerts regarding COVID-19 should be sourced directly from www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

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Community and Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan

Community Services and Businesses that were previously directed to close and now reopened must complete a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen.

This Plan will outline how your staff and patrons can be kept safe from COVID-19. The plan must be completed and made available at your business premises. If your business was allowed to reopen during Step 1 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery, you must complete a Plan before 1 June.

If your committee or group has not completed the COVID-Safe Plan, or does not have the plan available at your premises when requested, you can be fined up to $5000 on the spot for non-compliance, or face prosecution.

Please find the link to the COVID-19-Safe Plan Form here - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan

For more information, please contact the SA COVID-19 Information line - 1800 253 787 offers local information and advice on general COVID-19 information for South Australians. Operates from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.

For technical help, contact forms@sa.gov.au

*The communities are advised that the same social distancing and good hygiene practices still apply and have not been eased at this stage*


Council will endeavour to keep the community informed of the ever changing situation, via our website www.southernmallee.sa.gov.au and Facebook page.

The most up to date and reputable information and alerts regarding COVID-19 should be sourced directly from https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Any additional information can be sourced from;

Australian Government Department of Health – www.health.gov.au

SA Health - www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019

You can also call the Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080

Click here to view our COVID-19 information.

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New contemporary brand for Southern Mallee soon to be launched

30th July 2020

New brand - Southern Mallee logo

The Southern Mallee has a contemporary new visual brand, which over time, is hoped will help increase visitation to its towns and build awareness of local facilities and shops available to travellers along the Mallee Highway.

This news follows the development of a $30,000 Business and Visitor Wayfinding Project by the Southern Mallee District Council.

The project is part of Council’s strategic goal to make the region an attractive place to stop, visit and spend money.

The project steering committee and Council are understanding of the fact that while necessary border closures are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity of this project may not be realised for some time.

The Southern Mallee Business and Visitor Wayfinding Project Steering Committee was established in late 2019 to drive the project, and worked closely with experienced brand agency ON: Creative to develop the new look and feel. The committee is made up of local community members, business owners, Elected Members and Council staff.

The new brand has been designed to encapsulate Southern Mallee as a place (as differentiated from the Council itself which has its own, separate and unique brand).

The brand, which includes striking colour shades of orange, brown, black and white have been developed into an iconic brand, which takes in key elements around the sun, water and highway connection point to form a creative branding device, or logo, to be used across the two towns as they develop over the coming years.

The next steps in finalising the brand development are to refine the final graphic elements to completion, and then develop an overarching style guide which maps out who the branding devices can be used across the area.

In terms of a physical presence of the new brand, local community members can expect to start seeing it visually across much of the signage associated with the Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan Project and the Lameroo Town Centre Revitalisation Project.

See the links below for more, or follow our Facebook page for updates.

*Please note: The project steering committee and Council are understanding of the fact that while necessary border closures are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity of this project may not be realised for some time. However, the prospect of its rollout over time is incredibly exciting.

**Please note: Image mock-ups used in this post are artist’s impressions only, to provide a concept view of what the new brand might look like when physically installed. We understand that the township placement and names on some of these are inaccurate, and they should be taken as a visual guide only.