Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates


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 and Facebook page. The most up to date and reputable information and alerts regarding COVID-19 should be sourced directly from



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 sport for non-compliance, or face prosecution.

Please find the link to the COVID-19-Safe Plan Form here -

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

*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 and Facebook page.

The most up to date and reputable information and alerts regarding COVID-19 should be sourced directly from

Any additional information can be sourced from;

Australian Government Department of Health –

SA Health -

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

Click here to view our COVID-19 information.

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Community Consultation - Annual Business Plan and Budget

Click here for information on the Community Consultation for our Annual Business Plan and Budget, Fees and Charges and Long Term Financial Plan.

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SA Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants - Open NOW!

'Open Your World' SA Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is encouraging all local governments, sport and recreation organisations to consider the 'Open Your World' SA Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants.

These grants are part of the Open Your World – Statewide Wellbeing Strategy which supports the South Australian Government’s goal to build community resilience and support wellbeing in relation to the impacts and recovery from COVID-19. The grants are administered by Wellbeing SA and provide once-off funding for community-based projects targeted at groups within the community who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The aim is to address these impacts by contributing to positive physical, social and mental wellbeing and resilience outcomes.

Game On - Getting South Australia moving was launched over the weekend by the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing and provides a forward-looking framework to ensure physical activity and play can fit seamlessly into our daily lives. The ORSR consulted extensively with local government including Mayors and Elected Members, council staff, as well as sport, recreation and community groups and residents across the state in the development of Game On, so we would encourage you to refer to this framework in developing your grant application.

We would also encourage applicants to think about partnering with other organisations that have existing links to the targeted groups who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, as a partnership approach is likely to be the most effective and efficient way to deliver initiatives with impact.

Applications for the grants are now open and close on Friday 17 July 2020. Funding between $10,000 and $100,000 is available for projects which will support wellbeing and resilience with an emphasis on mental, physical (activity and nutrition) and/or social wellbeing. Funding is available for the 2020-21 financial year only with all grant funds to be expended by 30 June 2021.

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Southern Mallee opens consultation on 2020-21 Annual Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan, with proposed 0% rate increase

19th June 2020


The Southern Mallee District Council has adopted its Draft 2020-21 Annual Business Plan (ABP) and Budget and Draft Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP), with a focus on balancing vital support for a sustainable community, strong investment in infrastructure and responsible long term financial management.

The draft plans will be open for public consultation from Wednesday, 24 June, and Council is encouraging community members to have their say.

Highlights of the 2020-21 Annual Business Plan, include:

  • $1.975m urban design (including the Pinnaroo and Lameroo town centre projects)
  • $1.82m transport infrastructure program (including $502,000 on the Kulkami and Billiatt Road upgrade)
  • $1.7m to upgrade the ageing Pinnaroo CWMS network
  • $473,000 building program (including upgrades to swimming pools)

In helping aid the community recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Council has also proposed a 0% rate increase. This has been made possible due to various contributing factors, including Council attracting more than $2.76m in Federal Government grant funding for the year and various other operational efficiencies.

Mayor Andrew Grieger said the business plan was a direct reflection of the Council’s focus on delivering against its goal for a prosperous region where people can recreate, do business and live well.

“The Draft 2020-21 Annual Business Plan shows a positive investment into the wellbeing and vibrancy of our communities, while also reflecting responsible financial management,” Mayor Grieger says.

“In developing the plan, we have taken into account various influences, including the significant hardship our community faces as it comes back from several years of drought, increasing State Government fees and levies and now the Coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, we have found efficiencies and prioritised work plans in order to achieve a 0% rate rise.

“We’ve also been incredibly fortunate to have attracted significant grant funding from the Australian Government, which allows us to continue with vital urban development projects and key road upgrades.

“The Pinnaroo Village Green and Lameroo Town Centre projects are now ready to begin and will help breathe life back in to our communities and economies for years to come. While significant investment into our roads and footpaths ensures vital infrastructure maintenance and development.

“There will also be upgrades to our local swimming pools, halls and cemeteries – all vital services for our rural and remote residents.”

The Council’s 2020-21 plan builds on the success of the current financial year, following the completion of the two new childcare centres, resheeting works of nearly $1m on the district’s unsealed roads and delivery of works to revitalise our two commercial centres.

“The plan demonstrates Council’s commitment to a broad range of areas which contribute to a vibrant and resilient community, and now we’re looking forward to hearing the community’s feedback on it.”

Ensuring Council remains financially sustainable over the long term, the draft LTFP (now adopted by the Audit Committee and the Council) reflects up to date changes from the 2020-21 draft budget with a 0% rate rise, and shows an average operating surplus of $147,303 over the plan period.

“Council has been working on a review of the Long Term Financial Plan since December 2019 and has now considered the most recent budget updates and economic influences to ensure we have a document which guides us in responsible expenditure over the next decade,” Mayor Grieger says.

People can have their say on both the Southern Mallee District Council Draft Annual Business Plan 2020-21 and the Draft Long Term Financial Plan by viewing and responding to the documents on the Council website ( or viewing copies at one of the Council offices from Wednesday, 24 June through to Thursday 16 July (4pm).

People can also choose to make deputations to the Council on the ABP, with time set aside at 5pm on 15 July, prior to the next formal Council meeting. Those who wish to do so, must submit a written deputation request before this time. Details on how to do this, are also available on Council’s website, or by contacting one of the two offices.

Council will consider all written and deputation submissions before looking to adopt the plan on 29 July 2020.