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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Food & Food Safety

Food safety is regulated by inspecting food premises, investigating food complaints and food poisoning occurrences, distributing Food Handler Updates, registration of food premises, registering temporary food premises and following up food recalls. The Food Act & Regulations is the governing legislation along with the Food Standards Code.

Inspections of Food Premises

Under the Food Act, all food premises must be registered with Council. These food premises are classified as either high, medium or low risk and are required to be inspected depending on their level of risk. For example a high risk food premise such as a hospital may need to be inspected every 6 months, a medium risk premise such as restaurant every 12 months and a low risk premise such as a church every 2 years.

When inspecting a premise the Environmental Health Officer looks for the cleanliness of the premise, the suitability of the premises, the skills and knowledge of the food handlers and the receival and storage of food. 

Temporary Food Premises

Thinking of having a sausage sizzle or food stall and selling to the public, then you will need to complete a Temporary Food Premises Form. You need to ensure that there are handwashing facilities available along with adequate wastewater disposal, temperature control and suitable storage for the food. Council's Environmental Health Officer will provide you with a copy of the approved/refused temporary food premises form along with any additional conditions.

If the event is to be held on Council land then a Special Event Application Form and a Stall Holder/Exhibitors Permit will need to be completed. 

Food Safety around the Home

Most cases of food poisoning occur within the household due to poor food handling skills or storage of potentially hazardous foods

Here are a few tips for good food safety around the home:

Remember when packing lunches place an ice pack with them to keep food cool.

Remember when you have finished cutting up chicken use a fresh knife and chopping board for other food.

Remember to store your raw meats at the bottom of the fridge.

When shopping check the "use by" or "best before" dates on products

Food Safety Training - Are you ALERT?

Food Safety is your business. It is the responsibility of a Food Business to ensure that all food sold is safe and suitable.

Please contact the Council on 8577 8002 for information on Food Safety Training 

Mobile Food Vans Street Traders Permits

Mobile food van vendors are required to obtain a Street Traders Permit from Council prior to commencing trading.

Section 222(1) of the Local Government Act 1999 provides that “a person must not use a public road for business purposes unless authorised to do so by permit”.