Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates


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



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 -

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

*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 and Facebook page.

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

Any additional information can be sourced from;

Australian Government Department of Health –

SA Health -

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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Waste Management

General Rubbish Pick Up

Council conducts a domestic refuse collection service for the towns of Geranium, Lameroo, Parilla, Parrakie and Pinnaroo.
In January 2005 a robotic arm collection system was introduced, which requires all residents to use 240L Mobile Garbage Bin's.

These bins must :

  • be placed as close as possible to the kerb or roadway
  • be at least 1 metre from any obstacle ie. Tree, Stobie Pole etc.
  • have handles facing away from the direction the bin is to be picked up
  • have all material contained within the bin with the lid in its totally closed position

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the non pick up of the bin and a sticker placed on the lid with the fault identified.

Collection Days

Bins must be out by 7.00am on the designated pick up days.

THURSDAYS - Pinnaroo and Parilla

FRIDAYS - Lameroo, Parrakie and Geranium

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NB:When Public Holidays occur on these days alternative arrangements may be made, please check the local newspaper, notice boards or phone the Council office for clarification.


As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage recycling within the Community, Council has decided to collect a second recycle (yellow lid) bin from domestic premises free of charge

Providing the following criteria is met:

  • Eligible residents must currently receive the monthly kerbside pick up
  • Residents must purchase and retain ownership of the second bin.

The original Council issued recycle bin (with logo on front) remains the property of Council and must remain at the premises to which it was issued. Anybody changing residence or moving away must not take that original bin with them or risk replacement or recovery costs.

Collection Days

Pinnaroo and Parilla - 1st Tuesday of every month
Lameroo, Parilla and Parrakie - 2nd Tuesday of every month

All Rural Residents or others who do not receive the kerbside collection may continue to drop off recycling material free of charge at any of Councils Transfer Station.


GlassAll empty beverage and medicine bottles
Jars and condiment bottles
Remove any metal lids
Other glass such as mirrors, ceramics, windscreen and window glass have different melting temperatures or coatings which can't be mixed with normal glass. Put them wrapped in your garbage bin.

Drink Containers and Food CartonsCartons (includes milk, custard, juice, ice cream, fruit boxes, long-life cartons)
Plastic(Rigid containers that hold their shape)
Drink bottle containers, Detergent, cleaning product and spray bottles, Shampoo, conditioner and cosmetic bottles, Yoghurt containers, chocolate & biscuit trays, ice cream and butter tubs.
Remove lids and rinse containersSoft plastics like shopping bags and bread bags canbe recycled by delivering them to the transfer stations.
Paper and CardboardNewspapers, glossy magazines and junk mail,
Egg cartons, food boxes and packaging,
Envelopes, including those with plastic windows, Empty pizza boxes, rinsed takeaway coffee cups.
Place items in the bin loosely do not bundle together.
Metal Cans and TinsEmpty aerosol, food, drink and pet food
cans,fish and biscuit tins

NOTE: Rinse drink, food, metal and plastic containers: save water by using leftover dishwater.

Transfer Stations

Council has three Transfer Stations open for general waste and recycling services:


Tuesday 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 10.00am - 12noon
Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Wednesday 3.00pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Wednesday 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 11.30am

Transfer Stations are not open on Public Holidays.

SEPARATED LOADS:All material must be separated or easily separated on site for deposit in designated areas:


Household waste, lawn clippings,
food scraps


Construction timber, pallets, cupboards, fence posts, building timber


Concrete, mattress, stereos, computers, bricks, PVC pipe, TVs


Magazines, cardboard boxes,
newspapers, phone books


Shopping bags, styrene foam,
hay bale wrap, crate wrap


Fencing, iron, washing machines,


Tree branches (anything big enough to fit through mulcher & diameter
less than 10 inches)


Dripper line, pots


Car, truck, tractor


Anything with diameter bigger
than 10 inches


Any size

Transfer Station Fees 

WASTE (excluding recyclables) 
 240L bin  $7.00
 Car/Stationwagon $17.00
 6x4 Trailer or Ute $22.00
 Tandem Trailer $33.00
 5m3 Truck $60.00
< 10m3 Truck$120.00
 10m3 or Larger Truck$200.00
 Truck & Trailer$260.00
PLUS any additional materials: 
Batteries  $5.00
Car Bodies without Tyres $40.00
Gas Botltes $10.00
Whitegoods $10.00 
Reuse  $5.00
 TYRES DISPOSAL (off rim only) 
 Car/Station Wagon $10.00
 4WD/Light Truck $15.00
 Truck $35.00
 Tractor $55.00
 Earthmoving  $50.00
 Reuse Materials$5.00 
 White goods$10.00
 After Hours Opening Fee (per visit - prior arrangement required)$50.00

There is no charge for recycling materials, commercial cardboard and film plastic (clean & sorted)

Due to Southern Mallee District Council's obligations to abide by the EPA regulations & our Transfer Station licensing conditions no listed waste (except scrap batteries) will be accepted. For further information on listed waste please contact Matthew Sherman.
Failure to comply may result in rejection of material.

For further details contact:
Manager Infrastructure Services
Matthew Sherman - 0428 891 116