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Southern Mallee District Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented event in recent history.  

Southern Mallee District Council has a key role to play in limiting the impact of COVID-19 and is monitoring the situation very closely.

Council’s primary focus is to protect the health of residents and staff and to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease.

Our key objectives are to:

* Contain the impact of the disease

* Maintain a healthy workforce

* Provide leadership to the community

* Keep residents and business informed about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it

We encourage residents to:

* Remain calm

* Follow all state and federal government advice

* Implement social distancing measures, but not social isolation

* Look out for each other, check on your neighbours and provide assistance where necessary

It's important to remember, this is an extremely fluid situation and events are changing daily.

Council services

Effective 19 March 2020 Southern Mallee District Council has implemented the following range of measures to its operations. These measures are in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of its staff and the community, while providing the continuity of vital local services.

Details of this are set out below:

Can I come to the Council office?

NO. Council’s Pinnaroo and Lameroo offices will be closed to the public. Council staff are still working and residents can contact staff by email or telephone for enquires and payments can be made over the phone or online. Council’s two depots are also closed to the public. This arrangement will be reviewed weekly.

Meetings?

Council staff will not be attending any non-essential meetings outside the Council area until further notice. Opportunities to join meetings by web-link will be utilised.

Council staff will not be attending any non-essential local community meetings until further notice.

Council hosted meetings will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Are our libraries still open?

Council supports library services in Geranium, Lameroo, and Pinnaroo. These facilities are managed by the Department of Education and therefore we are taking the advice from the State Government on this. In the meantime, we would encourage everyone (where possible) to set themselves up with OneCard membership whereby they can access free online borrowing/reading.

Are our pools still open?

NO. The two Council-run swimming pools in Lameroo and Pinnaroo will be closed for the season, with opening dates for next summer to be outlined at a later date.

Are our transfer stations open?

Council will maintain usual transfer station opening hours however payment must be made online or by phone after an invoice is issued. Cash payments will not be accepted. Residents are also encourage to minimise their use of the transfer stations.

What about our public toilets and other facilities?

OPEN. Council will keep all public toilets open and has increased the cleaning frequency of all public toilet facilities.

Will formal monthly council meetings still go ahead?

Council held its March ordinary meeting on 18 March 2020. A decision will be made in early April about the next meeting scheduled for 15 April 2020.

Is childcare still open?

YES. The Pinnaroo COGS and Lameroo COGS both remain open. Staff have implemented some changed practices to reduce risk to children, staff and community. No new casual bookings are being accepted. State and Commonwealth advice will continue to be monitored.

Is the Parilla accommodation facility open?

YES. The Parilla accommodation facility remains open. Staff have implemented some changed practices to reduce risk to guests, staff and community. Cleaning of the facility will be increased and information will be provided to guests. Relevant advice will continue to be monitored.

Community

Community events and activities

Council is working closely with community groups. Council is encouraging all non-essential community events to be cancelled or postponed. Council is also working with community groups located in our community buildings to close until further notice. For example the Pinnaroo community gym and the Lameroo cinema have now closed. Council will waive any community rental for the period of closure.

Should my sporting club carry on with its season?

Most rural and regional sporting events, large and small are being cancelled and postponed. However, we suggest following the advice of your sports code authority (ie. SANFL, Netball SA, Cricket SA, Tennis SA, Bowls SA and others).

Health related business in Council’s community facilities

Council rents some of its community building spaces to health related businesses or essential services, such as the dentist and vet. These business are often essential to our community. Council will support these businesses to make case by case decisions about whether to remain open.

Staff

Council staff wellbeing?

Council is implementing a range of measures to support staff and in some instances this will include working from home or leave in the event of unexpected health issues with children, elderly relatives or themselves. We also have extra measures in place around the office to support a clean, well-sanitised environment. Any staff member presenting with cold/flu-like symptoms will be sent home immediately unless they have medical clearance.

Important information

Where can I find out more about COVID-19?

We suggest starting with SA Health. They have a great online portal set up with information for individuals, business, health workers and every other interest group. Follow the link here:

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/novel+coronavirus

Where can I get testing for COVID-19?

Council is urging anyone who has travelled overseas to check the Australian Government’s self-isolation requirements online (www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert) and for the community as a whole to observe stringent personal hygiene practices.

Should I send my child to school/childcare?

We suggest following the advice provided by your school or centre – they each have management plans for scenarios such as this and if closures occur, will be in line with policies set by the schools themselves, or by the Department for Education and Child Services. For updates, see here: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/health-e-safety-and-wellbeing/coronavirus

What should I do if I’m feeling unwell?

If you are severely unwell, such as having difficulty breathing, call 000 (Triple Zero).

If you have travelled anywhere overseas in the past 14 days and have COVID-19 symptoms, seek testing at a COVID-19 clinic or contact your GP (advise your GP of your travel history) and isolate yourself.

If you have NOT travelled overseas recently, but are feeling unwell, visit your usual health care provider. Avoid contact with others if you are unwell.

More information

Contact the National Coronavirus Information Hotline on 1800 020 080 for information about COVID-19.

NOTE: Council will continue to disseminate information via our Facebook page and in local media publications. Information will also be displayed on our office doors or on public notice boards.

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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.