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 sport 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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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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Dog & Cat Control

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Introduction

The Southern Mallee District Council administers the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 as amended.

Lost Dogs

Dog imageIf you have lost your dog, it is important to act immediately by logging onto Dogs and Cats Online and marking it as lost. If you do not have access to the internet phone Council on telephone (08) 8577 8002 and we can assist. When reporting a lost dog include its name, sex, breed, colour, age and size and any other identifiable features. Also include if it is wearing a collar and ID or is microchipped. It is a good idea to have a colour picture of your dog or cat uploaded on the Dogs & Cats Online database.

Found Dogs

If you find a dog, phone the Council immediately on (08) 8577 8002. Some animals may require daily medication, or may bite out of fear. Some animals may even carry communicable diseases that could put your family and your pets at risk. If the dog is wearing a tag you will be able to enter the tag number onto Dogs and Cats Online and you will be provided with the Council of which it is registered to contact or if the owner has already marked the dog as lost they can also choose to make their contact details available to the public.

Impounded Dogs

All dogs impounded by Council without identification are placed on this page, Council’s Facebook page and posters are displayed at each of the Council Offices. If you have lost your dog, it is recommended that you check Council’s Facebook site (click here to visit site) and also contact Council’s Animal Management Officers on (08) 8577 8002 as soon as possible.

Dogs impounded by Council are released on payment of all fees and charges relating to the impounding of the dog (pursuant to Section 62 of the Dog & Cat Management Act, 1995).

Should you require further information please contact one of our helpful Customer Service Team on (08) 8577 8002.

Council currently has the following dogs impounded:

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Dog Registrations

From 1 July 2018 Dogs and Cats Online replaced 68 individual Council dog registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7 for registration, microchipping and breeder information.

Dog registration is mandatory in South Australia. If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done.

The registered owner of a dog must be over 16 years of age.

What is Dogs and Cats Online?

The Dogs and Cats Online systems in a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping and breeder information. Dogs and Cats Online has replaced the 68 individual Council dog and cat registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7, including on mobile devices. Dogs and Cats Online has been developed to allow pet owners to instantly update registration or microchip details if you move house or change phone numbers, and pay your annual registration fees. Dogs and Cats Online will also assist Councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Registering Your Dog

To register your dog please log onto Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) at www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au , this can be done anywhere. When registering your new dog please ensure you have with you:

  • An email address
  • Drivers License
  • Any concession cards (your card number will be automatically validated upon entry)
  • You may need certificates of microchipping/desexing if this wasn’t previously recorded with your council.

If you are renewing your dog registration please also have your Dog Registration Renewal notice (arriving July). Note: if you have not received this by August please contact Council.

Change of Address or Contact Details

Any changes that you need to make to your address, contact details or where your dog is staying if you are away for holidays, can be made via www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au .

What is permanent registration number?

From 1 July 2018, all dog registrations will be issued with a permanent registration number. This permanent registration number remains with the animal regardless of a change of Council areas or transfer of ownership. The animal registration record will contain information about:

  • The breeder of the dog
  • Microchip status and who microchipped the dog
  • Desexing status and who desexed the dog
  • Control Orders placed on the dog
  • Historical information

Maintaining access to this information makes it easier for Council Officers to locate owners of found dogs, makes it easier to transfer registration if you move house or transfer owners, assists owners demonstrate compliance with new desexing and microchipping laws and has the capability to allow potential ill practices to be identified.

There will still be an annual registration fee for your dog. Each year the owner of the registered dog will be sent a renewal notice via their nominated method of email, sms or post.

New Registrations after 1 April

All dogs registered for the first time after 1 April each year, regardless of age, will be eligible for a 50% discount of off the registrations fees for that financial year.

What is happening with registration discs?

Prior to the introduction of Dogs and Cats Online, thousands of plastic dog registration discs went to landfill. Permanent registration numbers will provide significant environmental benefits by reducing South Australia’s landfill waste by 600kg per year. Dogs and Cats Online has allowed us to provide you with a single registration number that remains the same for the life of the dog regardless of where you move within the state.

If you dog registration disc has been lost or damaged, or you do not wish to use the supplied plastic disc, you are encouraged to purchase a metal dog disc, badge or tag from the provider of your choice and have it engraved with your dog’s permanent registration number.

To assist in the return of your lost dog, please ensure the permanent registration number is legible and the disc, badge, tag or other device securely attached to your dog’s collar. You are also encouraged to include name and phone number or any other contact details. If you prefer to have a plastic disc, you can request a replacement disc on Dogs and Cats Online.

More information can be found at www.dogandcatboard.com.au

Services and Benefits of Dog Registration

All income generated from registration and expiations is dedicated to animal management and public safety, new initiatives to improve relationships between owners and other residents, and recreational opportunities for pets and their owners. Services and benefits paid for by fees include:

  • Collect, Identify and reunite stray dogs with their owners
  • Pound services
  • Controlling and reducing unwanted dog behaviours
  • Dog attack investigation and reduction
  • Developing new resources for dogs and owners Services from the Dog and Cat Management Board

Closing Date for Payment of Registration Fees

Please note that all dogs must be registered by the time that they reach three months of age and then must be re-registered each financial year.  Payments should be made between 1 July and 17 August each year (with a final date to pay of 31 August).

If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done.

If the dog is not registered in either of these cases then a penalty of $170 can be imposed. In addition to this you will also need to pay the registration fee.

Registration Fees

New fees for the 2018/19 Financial Year are as below: 

 

Standard Fee (both desexed and microchipped)

$30.00

Non Standard Fee (not both desexed and microchipped)

$60.00

Working Dog (Livestock) (proof required)

$17.50

Greyhound (Racing)$17.50

Assistance Dog (Guide/Therapy)

 $0

Why is my dog classified as a ‘non-standard’ dog?

Councils are now required to set two mandatory registration fee categories for dog registrations being ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ dog.

  • A 'standard' dog is a dog that is both microchipped & desexed, attracting a 50% rebate of the full registration fee.
  • A 'non-standard' dog is a dog that is not both microchipped & desexed and attracts a full registration fee.

    As of 1 July 2018:

  • All dogs must be microchipped by three months of age or within 28 days of acquirement.
  • All dogs must be desexed by six months of age or within 28 days of acquirement. Please note: The desexing requirement will not apply to dogs owned prior to 1 July 2018.

Concessions and Discounts

Concession Cards

A 50% concession fee is available to persons who are holders of current:

  • DVA “Gold” Card
  • DVA “White” Card
  • Pensioner Card
  • Senior Health Card
  • Health Card

**Proof is required for fee concessions and can be uploaded by photo when registering on Dogs and Cats Online**

Working Dog

Working dogs are primarily used for droving or tending stock. Proof the dog is a working dog will be required, this can include documents such as tax records, copies of contract, etc. current in the previous 12 months.

Guide, Hearing, Disability Dogs

The Guide Dog and Hearing Dog concessions will be applied after to dogs that have been approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board or one of the following entities:

  • Guide Dog Association of SA
  • Lions Hearing Dogs.

Please see the Dog and Cat Management Board to have your dog approved as a disability dog on DACO.

Ph: (08) 7111 3468  Email: dcmb@sa.gov.au

Puppies

If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done. Dogs less than 3 months of age as at the 1 January each year are half price.

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Payment Options

Online - DACO

All dog registrations for new dogs and renewals can now be paid online via the following link www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au.

In Person

Please note: if you are applying for a concession, please remember to bring with you the appropriate documentation – Concession cards, desexing and microchipping proof etc.

Registrations can be paid in person at the following locations:

  • Council Office, Day Street, Pinnaroo
  • Council Office, Railway Terrace North, Lameroo

New South Australian Laws

Compulsory Desexing

Compulsory for all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018. From this date, all new generations of dogs and cats (born after 1 July 2018) must be desexed by a certain age (unless exempted under the Act).

Compulsory Microchipping

Dog imageFrom 1 July 2018, it is compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped. This applies to all existing dogs and cats. If your dog is microchipped before renewing your registration, provide us with the information and you will be eligible for the additional rebate on your registration.

Discount microchipping days are offered throughout the state at various times of the year. Visit dogandcatboard.com.au or chipblitz.com, or visit your local vet for more details.

New Laws for Cat and Dog Owners and Breeders

Please click here for what you need to know about Dog and Cat Reforms

Enforcement of Dog & Cat Management Act

The Council administers the enforcement of the Dog & Cat Management Act and investigates complaints. Effective management of pets is required and the Southern Mallee Community expects that pet owners will take reasonable steps to ensure their dog or cat does not create a nuisance, and be responsible pet owners within the district.

The Southern Mallee District Council has traps available for hire for the trapping of feral cats. Traps can be hired for a period of two weeks at a cost of $10.00 deposit, the deposit will be refunded on return of the trap (in good condition) to the Council.

Other Related Websites:

Dogs and Cats Online https://www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au/

Dog & Cat Management Board http://www.dogandcatboard.com.au/

R.S.P.C.A. of SA www.rspcasa.asn.au

Southern Mallee District Council Animal Management Plan

Please click here to view our Animal Management Plan for 2012 - 2017. This plan is currently being reviewed.