Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates


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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

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

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Council Assessment Panel

The State Government has embarked on an extensive process to reform the planning system in South Australia.  The main component of the planning reform process is the introduction of the Planning, Development & Infrastructure Act 2016 ("PDI Act") which is set to replace the Development Act 1993 as the overarching legislation governing the planning system in this State.

The PDI Act will be introduced in stages over a 3-5 year period to enable an effective transition to the new system.  One of the initial parts of the Act which has been introduced is the reform of Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) currently operating at the local government level.

A majority of Development Assessment Panels previously consisted of four Independent Members and three Councillors/Elected Representatives.  DAPs were responsible for the assessment and determination of certain types of Development Applications which were normally complex or involved representors wishing to be heard.

The PDI Act, as of 1 October 2017, requires that all Development Assessment Panels be replaced with a different type of Panel.  The Southern Mallee District Council has chosen to establish a Council Assessment Panel (CAP).  The membership of the CAP will comprise four Independent Members and one Councillor/Elected Representative.

The following members have been appointed to the CAP:

Presiding Member:Glenn Searle
Independent Member:Giulia Mason
Independent Member:Graham MacInnes
Councillor:Andrew Grieger
Asset Manager:David Hutchinson

The CAP will continue to assess and determine certain types of Development Applications pursuant to the delegations provided by Council.

Please Note: Members of the Panel are not to be contacted in relation to matters before the Panel, or matters which may be put before the Panel in the future.

All enquiries should be directed to the Assessment Manager - David Hutchinson on (08) 8130 7222 or

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