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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Fire Protection

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Fire Danger Season 2019/2020

1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020

During the Fire Danger Season there are strict controls on the lighting of fires and the use of certain tools in the open.  For information on what you can do and what you can’t do click on the Fact Sheet - Restrictions provided by the CFS.

The CFS has available from their website a range of Fact Sheets and brochures to help you prepare for the Fire Danger Season covering the following topics:

  • Planning to Survive a Bushfire
  • Understanding Bushfires and Warnings
  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing your Property
  • Pets, Horses and Livestock
  • Machinery, Storage, Permits and Restrictions
  • Preparing Your Business
  • Surviving while Travelling and on Holidays
  • Aerial Firefighting

Pursuant to Section 105(F) of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, an owner of private land must take reasonable steps:

a)      to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land; and
b)      to prevent or inhibit the spread of fire through the land; and
c)      to protect property on the land from fire; and
d)      to minimise the threat to human life from a fire on the land.
Maximum penalty $5000.

Preparation of your home and property throughout the year will ensure that you, your property and your family are given the best chance to survive a bushfire.  A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that has not been prepared.  Staying informed is also critical on days of high fire danger.  Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with your neighbours, do not rely on one source of information as power and online services can be lost during a fire.

The CFS recommends that you download the official South Australian Government Alert SA App which provides a comprehensive view of hazards across the State.  The Alert SA App provides access to timely, relevant and personalised event and warning information sourced from a wide range of emergency service Agencies, Government and Community Partners.

To find out more visit http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/news_and_media/alert_sa_app.jsp and to download the Alert SA App visit https://alert.sa.gov.au/download/

Burning during the Fire Danger Season

During the prescribed Fire Danger Season it is prohibited to burn, however PERMITS MAY BE ISSUED from the middle of February, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

During the Fire Danger Season almost all fires open require permits, below is a list of the following exceptions to this other than on a Total Fire Ban day include:

  • A campfire for personal warmth or cooking purposes provided the fire is contained in portable cooking appliance or a trench 30cm deep and the fire does not occupy an area exceeding 1 square metre and there is a four metre clearance of flammable material around the fire.
  • A fire for burning of refuse provided the fire is contained in a properly constructed incinerator.
  • Gas or Electric cooking appliances
  • Electric welders, mechanical cutting tools and gas equipment such as oxy equipment.

Please contact Council for further information 08 8577 8002.

Total Fire Ban Days

On days of extreme weather conditions Fire Bans may be declared for various areas in the State. To determine whether a fire ban has been imposed, phone the CFS hotline on 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website.

Total Fire Ban Days

All fires are prohibited on a Total Fire Ban day unless a permit has been issued. However permits will only be issued in special circumstances. Note: Electric welders, mechanical cutting tools and gas appliances require a permit before they can be used in the open on a day of total fire ban.

Cooking or heating Appliances

The operation of gas fire or electric elements in the open is subject to the following conditions;

  1. The space immediately around or above the gas fire or electric element must be cleared of all flammable material for a distance of four metres.
  2. A person who is able to control the gas fire or electric element must be present at all times while it is lighted or charged.
  3. An appropriate agent adequate to extinguish any fire must be at hand.

CFS Codes of Practice

The CFS, in conjunction with Grain Producers SA, Primary Producers SA and the State Government has developed new Codes of Practice for Broad Acre and Vegetation Pile Burning as well as for the use of Prescribed Tools.

The Codes take into account lessons learned from recent out-of-season bushfires. They are designed as a guide to the South Australian farming community. They cover:

  • safe out-of-fire season land management practices
  • safe use of friction cutting tools and welders which may be an ignition source for fire at any time of the year.

Visit https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/cfs_codes_of_practice.jsp to view the following Codes of Practice

  • Wood Fire Pizza Ovens - CFS Code of Practice
  • Comfort Fires - CFS Code of Practice
  • Grain Harvesting - CFS Code of Practice
  • Bees - CFS code of Practice
  • Mowing and Slashing - CFS Code of Practice
  • Broad Acre Burning - CFS Code of Practice
  • Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning - CFS Code of Practice
  • Use of Metal Cutting Tools and Welders - CFS Code of Practice

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Environment Protection Policy

The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 ('the 2016 Policy') took effect from Saturday 23 July 2016,  Significantly, the 2016 Policy replaces and consolidates four EPA policies:

  • Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 1994
  • Environment Protection (Burning) Policy 1994 ('the 1994 Policy')
  • Environment Protection (Motor Vehicle Fuel Quality) Policy 2002 and
  • Environment Protection (Solid Fuel Heaters) Policy 2015

For the purposes of the new Policy the City of Port Lincoln is classified as a ‘non-metropolitan’ Council indicating that Section 5(2)(b) of the Policy is applicable in relation to permissible burning activities. A copy of the 2016 Policy is available at:

Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

Council is currently reviewing its existing policy (No. 5.63.9) to reflect the new legislative requirements.  In the meantime residents should note that generally no burning of garden prunings or similar is allowed on the ground unless it is for fire prevention activities, food/beverage preparation, for domestic heating, scout-related camping activities or similar recreational purposes.

The following is an indication of permissible burning activities OUTSIDE of the Fire Danger Season.  A permit under the Fire & Emergency Services Act for any burning activities is required during the Fire Danger Season (1 November – 15 April)

(1)  Light or maintain a fire in the open on land using charcoal, dry wood or other dry plant material such as paper, cardboard and garden prunings:

a)  for the purpose of preparing food or beverages

b)  for a campfire or barbecue in the course of camping, scouting or a similar outdoor recreational activity.

(2)   Burn charcoal, dry wood or other plant material such as paper, cardboard or garden prunings in a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for domestic heating (Note:  Under the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016, burning of these materials on the ground is not permitted);

(3)   Outside the fire danger season and with the consent of the owner of the land, residents may burn agriculture or forestry waste, or burn off vegetation for fire prevention or control provided that:

a) The person complies with any mandatory measures of a prescribed burning code of practice that applies in relation to the burning activity;

b) The person has regard to any recommended measures of a prescribed burning code of practice that applies in relation to the burning activity;

c) Burning is to occur between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday inclusive.

d) No burning is to occur on a Sunday or Public Holiday or on a day declared Total Fire Ban – see www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

e) Stockpiles of dry vegetation must not be larger than 3m x 3m x 1.5m high;

f) A four-metre break is required around the area to be burned;

g) All flammable materials must be removed from the proximity of the burn;

h) Working fire control equipment must be readily available at the site of the burn (refer to the CFS and MFS websites www.cfs.sa.gov.au and www.mfs.sa.gov.au for further detail);

i) The site of the burn must not be left unattended if smoke/smouldering is still emitting from the burnt materials;

j) Smoke entering other properties must be minimised, so as not to cause a nuisance;

k) Multiple stockpiles must not be set alight at the same time;

l) Materials mixed in with the soil must not be burnt;

m) The following materials or any other hazardous waste are not permitted to be burnt:

i.        Tyres

ii.        Green garden waste

iii.        Plastic

iv.        Chemical containers

v.        Treated timber

vi.        Other materials prescribed by legislation

Note:  The Fire Danger Season commences on 15 November and concludes on 15 April each year unless extended by the SA Country Fire Service – see www.cfs.sa.gov.au

For further information about permissible burning activities residents are directed to the Environment Protection Authority’s website www.epa.sa.gov.au

Information on the types of fuel reduction and fire protection works able to be undertaken by landowners in accordance with the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and Regulations 2003 is available from the Native Vegetation Group on 08 8214 4744

Native Vegetation Management

Reducing the amount of vegetation around your property is a good way to reduce the fuel a bushfire needs to burn.  There are rules to help manage bushfire risks and protect lives and property, while minimising the impacts on native vegetation, animals and their ecosystems.  To learn more about the clearing of Native Vegetation visit

https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/prepare_your_home_and_property/native_vegetation_management.jsp?

Other Useful Links

http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/ Your Guide to Bushfire Safety Brochure Native Vegetation Fact Sheet

http://www.mfs.sa.gov.au/ http://www.sapowernetworks.com.au/ Factsheet bushfire safety Bushfire Prevention Activities Poster

http://www.poweratmyplace.com.au/ is a free message service which provides timely and accurate information from SA Power Networks regarding power at your property.

http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/ Native Vegetation Native Vegetation Council