Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates


Frequently Asked Questions

The State Government announced a full border closure between Victoria and South Australia to limit the spread of Covid-19. All roads into South Australia from Victoria were closed from 00.00 on Thursday 9 July. The State Government requested Southern Mallee District Council manages the closure of a number of roads.

Q. Which roads are closed?

All road entry points into South Australia, from Victoria, are 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. Are these road closures be monitored and/or policed?

Tier A and B roads are staffed by SAPOL and Tier C roads will be patrolled regularly.

Q. Where can I get more information

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

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

SA Helath logo Click here to go to the SA Health website for the latest updates on COVID-19.

SAPOL logoClick here to go to the SA Police website for the latest updates in COVID-19.

info for business Click here to find Coronavirus information and support available for business.

Inline with the South Australian Government's roadmap for recovery Council offices have reopened with social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

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Public Health Overview

The Southern Mallee District Council has a number of public and environmental health responsibilities to administer. Currently these are attended to by our Manager of Building and Regulatory Services who can be contacted by e-mail at

More information about Environmental Health can be found at the Australian Institute of Environmental Health site

Topics the Council can assist you with include:

  • Food Recalls
  • Food Safety and Food Complaints
  • Septic Tank and Plumbing approvals, inspections and complaints
  • Immunisation Services
  • Mosquito control and Mosquito borne diseases
  • Other Environmental issues
  • Food Safety Information Sessions

Food Safety and Food Complaints.

Council administers the Food Act in South Australia and carry out routine inspections of food preparation areas and sales outlets. Adequate standards of hygiene and food handling are expected and where standards are breached orders can be issued and on the spot fines given.
The Australia and New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) has been developing a nationwide set of standards for all States and Territories to use in administering food law. These new standards were introduced in 2000 - Sale Food Australian - a guide to the Food Safety Standards.

This standard consists of the following:

  • Standard 3.1.1 - Interpretation and Application
  • Standard 3.2.2 - Food Safety Practical and General Requiriements
  • Standard 3.2.3 - Food Premises and Equipment

More information on the national standards is available at

Council also handle consumer complaints where substandard or contaminated food has been sold. Formal complaints can be lodged in complete confidence.

Septic Tank and Plumbing approvals, inspections and complaints

All sanitary plumbing work in South Australia must be carried out be a licensed plumber. Where septic tanks are to be installed or plumbing is to be installed or extended, a Council permit is required.
Council assess the applications under the SA Health Commissions' Standard for Installation of Septic Tanks. Copies are available from the Public Environmental Health Service of the Department of Human Services. More information is available at the PEHS web site at

Mosquito control and Mosquito borne diseases

Mosquitoes are a common nuisance in wetland areas of Southern Australia and we are fortunate that life threatening mosquito borne diseases like malaria and Japanese encephalitis are not able to be transmitted by local species.
Diseases such as Ross River Virus can be transmitted by the local species and EHO's undertake monitoring and control measures where practical.
Council is currently working with the Department of Human Services and other councils to develop a Statewide Mosquito Plan.
Interesting details about mosquitoes and control measures are to be found at the Mosquito Control Association of Australia web site

Other Environmental issues

Council may be able to assist you with questions or complaints about any of the following. If not directly able to help, the officer should be able to direct you to the appropriate organisation to help you.

  • Headlice - see also
  • Rats and rodent infestations
  • Pollution complaints
  • Insanitary or substandard housing
  • Burning of plastics or other air pollutants
  • Food poisonings
  • Poor standards of animal keeping
  • Any other environmental health concerns.