COVID-19

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Business Liaison TeamInterim Rates HardshipHelping families and the communityMount Gambier and District Saleyards


Council encourages the community to download the COVIDSafe App. The COVIDSafe app is a key part of the Australian Government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having the confidence to find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe. The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus and take all necessary actions to contain an outbreak. Everyone who downloads the COVIDSafe app can be assured their privacy is protected by law. The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act which protects privacy. It restricts access to app data to state and territory health authorities who will notify people exposed to COVID-19. It will be a criminal offence to use app data in any other way. For more information about the app’s privacy, please visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app/covidsafe-help

The District Council of Grant has launched some first actions as part of its DCG Care Package, developed to help address the impacts of COVID-19 on the local community.

Council will continue to progress and build more strategies into the package during the remainder of 2020 to help soften the economic and social effects of this crisis for residents and businesses in the district.

Council are here to assist you where possible, and the establishment of this care package aims to do just that.

COVID-19

Following the declaration of a Public Health Emergency by the Government of South Australia, protecting the health and safety of our staff and community is a priority for Council.

Council are closely monitoring the situation and adhering to the current health advice issued by the Department of Health, SA Health along with the Local Government Association to ensure that we are best prepared to help reduce the incidence of a potential outbreak.

For the time being our customer service centres at the Commercial Street West Office and at Port MacDonnell Community Complex will remain open.

To manage the potential risk, Council have created satellite offices at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport Administration Building and the Port MacDonnell Community Complex, along with retaining services at the Commercial Street West Office. Staff across the various departments of Council have been redeployed across these sites, including the works team sending some extra staff to the Port MacDonnell Depot.

As our team is no longer in a collective space, flows of communication have altered slightly.

Council asks that where possible you contact us by telephone, email, Council's Website or via YourSayDCG.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times and please keep calm and consider the safety of yourself, your family and the broader community.

Australia Government COVID-19

SA Health COVID19

Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080


Business Liaison TeamInterim Rates HardshipHelping families and the communityMount Gambier and District Saleyards


Council encourages the community to download the COVIDSafe App. The COVIDSafe app is a key part of the Australian Government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having the confidence to find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe. The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus and take all necessary actions to contain an outbreak. Everyone who downloads the COVIDSafe app can be assured their privacy is protected by law. The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act which protects privacy. It restricts access to app data to state and territory health authorities who will notify people exposed to COVID-19. It will be a criminal offence to use app data in any other way. For more information about the app’s privacy, please visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app/covidsafe-help

The District Council of Grant has launched some first actions as part of its DCG Care Package, developed to help address the impacts of COVID-19 on the local community.

Council will continue to progress and build more strategies into the package during the remainder of 2020 to help soften the economic and social effects of this crisis for residents and businesses in the district.

Council are here to assist you where possible, and the establishment of this care package aims to do just that.

COVID-19

Following the declaration of a Public Health Emergency by the Government of South Australia, protecting the health and safety of our staff and community is a priority for Council.

Council are closely monitoring the situation and adhering to the current health advice issued by the Department of Health, SA Health along with the Local Government Association to ensure that we are best prepared to help reduce the incidence of a potential outbreak.

For the time being our customer service centres at the Commercial Street West Office and at Port MacDonnell Community Complex will remain open.

To manage the potential risk, Council have created satellite offices at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport Administration Building and the Port MacDonnell Community Complex, along with retaining services at the Commercial Street West Office. Staff across the various departments of Council have been redeployed across these sites, including the works team sending some extra staff to the Port MacDonnell Depot.

As our team is no longer in a collective space, flows of communication have altered slightly.

Council asks that where possible you contact us by telephone, email, Council's Website or via YourSayDCG.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times and please keep calm and consider the safety of yourself, your family and the broader community.

Australia Government COVID-19

SA Health COVID19

Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080


  • State Government's $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses - Closing 1 June 2020

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    4 days ago

    A reminder that applications by eligible businesses for the State Government’s $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses close on 1 June 2020. For further information https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/COVID-19/small-business-grant-covid-19-assistance-guidelines

    A reminder that applications by eligible businesses for the State Government’s $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses close on 1 June 2020. For further information https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/COVID-19/small-business-grant-covid-19-assistance-guidelines

  • SA Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

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    19 days ago

    The South Australian government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one commencing today (Monday 11 May 2020).

    While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan. For more information go to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

    The South Australian government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one commencing today (Monday 11 May 2020).

    While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan. For more information go to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

  • DCG Care Package Launched

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    about 1 month ago

    The District Council of Grant has launched some first actions as part of its DCG Care Package, developed to help address the impacts of COVID-19 on the local community.

    Council will continue to progress and build more strategies into the package during the remainder of 2020 to help soften the economic and social effects of this crisis for residents and businesses in the district.

    The initial DCG Care Package includes:

    • Establishment of a Business Liaison Team dedicated to connecting local businesses with government support and advice to help navigate this difficult time
    • Appointment of Council’s Team Leader Environment Health and Compliance to the position of Area Liaison Officer to coordinate the regional data and local compliance plans during this crisis
    • Initial allocation of Disaster Relief funding to the value $10,000 to be used in partnership with local support agencies to help families and individuals
    • Development of a flexible Rates Hardship arrangement
    • Prompt payment of creditors by Council (cash flow depending)
    • 90 day extension for all Sundry Debtors to Council
    • New protocols for the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards to ensure viability and continuation to support local meat producers
    • Support for cancelled events and the potential to reschedule events in the future
    • Click and Collect Library Services at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex
    • Operational changes to ensure the continuation of essential services such as banking at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex
    • Zero Head Tax for Regional Express Airlines for a period of 6 months to then be further reviewed
    • The Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer now have the delegation to waive rent for all other commercial and community tenancies on a case by case basis, including airport tenancies.

    Council will continue to reassess the situation and determine if any of the measures need to continue into the new financial year or if new measures need to be considered, balanced against Councils financial position.

    Mayor Sage said the Council is acutely aware of the hardship and stress the pandemic has placed on our community of families, small business owners and wage earners and Council can make a difference.

    “As a Council team we are looking at ways to balance cost pressures against service delivery whilst trying to ease the pressure on our ratepayers. As we work towards surviving this crisis as a united community with local government being part of your every day by working together, we will come out the other side stronger for the challenges we now face. We are here to assist you where possible, and the establishment of this care package aims to do just that.”

    Ratepayers experiencing hardship are urged to contact Councils Rates Officer, Liz McRostie, on 08 8721 0400 or by email at info@dcgrant.sa.gov.au for a confidential discussion or complete the online form on Councils Website at www.dcgrant.sa.gov.au/services/rates-and-property/covid-19-rates-hardship.

    Council’s primary concern remains the health and welfare of all members of our community and our staff while we continue to deliver essential services. Please find out more about the DCG Care Package at yoursaydcg.com.au/covid-19.

    The District Council of Grant has launched some first actions as part of its DCG Care Package, developed to help address the impacts of COVID-19 on the local community.

    Council will continue to progress and build more strategies into the package during the remainder of 2020 to help soften the economic and social effects of this crisis for residents and businesses in the district.

    The initial DCG Care Package includes:

    • Establishment of a Business Liaison Team dedicated to connecting local businesses with government support and advice to help navigate this difficult time
    • Appointment of Council’s Team Leader Environment Health and Compliance to the position of Area Liaison Officer to coordinate the regional data and local compliance plans during this crisis
    • Initial allocation of Disaster Relief funding to the value $10,000 to be used in partnership with local support agencies to help families and individuals
    • Development of a flexible Rates Hardship arrangement
    • Prompt payment of creditors by Council (cash flow depending)
    • 90 day extension for all Sundry Debtors to Council
    • New protocols for the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards to ensure viability and continuation to support local meat producers
    • Support for cancelled events and the potential to reschedule events in the future
    • Click and Collect Library Services at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex
    • Operational changes to ensure the continuation of essential services such as banking at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex
    • Zero Head Tax for Regional Express Airlines for a period of 6 months to then be further reviewed
    • The Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer now have the delegation to waive rent for all other commercial and community tenancies on a case by case basis, including airport tenancies.

    Council will continue to reassess the situation and determine if any of the measures need to continue into the new financial year or if new measures need to be considered, balanced against Councils financial position.

    Mayor Sage said the Council is acutely aware of the hardship and stress the pandemic has placed on our community of families, small business owners and wage earners and Council can make a difference.

    “As a Council team we are looking at ways to balance cost pressures against service delivery whilst trying to ease the pressure on our ratepayers. As we work towards surviving this crisis as a united community with local government being part of your every day by working together, we will come out the other side stronger for the challenges we now face. We are here to assist you where possible, and the establishment of this care package aims to do just that.”

    Ratepayers experiencing hardship are urged to contact Councils Rates Officer, Liz McRostie, on 08 8721 0400 or by email at info@dcgrant.sa.gov.au for a confidential discussion or complete the online form on Councils Website at www.dcgrant.sa.gov.au/services/rates-and-property/covid-19-rates-hardship.

    Council’s primary concern remains the health and welfare of all members of our community and our staff while we continue to deliver essential services. Please find out more about the DCG Care Package at yoursaydcg.com.au/covid-19.

  • Published Podcast by Professor David Isaacs, Professor Of Infectious Diseases, Talks About COVID-19

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    about 2 months ago

    David Isaacs, is a consultant paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney. He has been a member of every Australian national immunisation advisory committee for the last 25 years. He is passionate about bioethics, and has published and taught extensively on ethical aspects of immunisation.

    David Isaacs, is a consultant paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney. He has been a member of every Australian national immunisation advisory committee for the last 25 years. He is passionate about bioethics, and has published and taught extensively on ethical aspects of immunisation.

  • Important message regarding the Mount Gambier & District Saleyards

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    2 months ago

    The Mount Gambier and District Saleyards are backing industry-wide steps to keep saleyards open while preventing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

    The Mount Gambier and District Saleyards are backing industry-wide steps to keep saleyards open while preventing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

  • TRANSCRIPT 24 Mar 2020 Prime Minister

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    2 months ago

    From midnight on Wednesday, existing restrictions will be extended to include:

    Food courts inside shopping centres - however, take-away will be allowed

    Auction houses

    Real estate auctions and open house inspections

    Outdoor and indoor markets - excluding food markets

    Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, massage and tattoo parlours

    Amusement parks and arcades

    Play centres, both indoor and outdoor

    Community and recreation centres
    Personal training will be limited to 10 people, with social distancing strictly enforced

    Social and sporting-based activities, involving...

    From midnight on Wednesday, existing restrictions will be extended to include:

    Food courts inside shopping centres - however, take-away will be allowed

    Auction houses

    Real estate auctions and open house inspections

    Outdoor and indoor markets - excluding food markets

    Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, massage and tattoo parlours

    Amusement parks and arcades

    Play centres, both indoor and outdoor

    Community and recreation centres
    Personal training will be limited to 10 people, with social distancing strictly enforced

    Social and sporting-based activities, involving large groups

    Galleries, museums, libraries and community facilities Community clubs, halls and RSLs

    Weddings are restricted to couples, the celebrant and witnesses (no more than five people)

    Funerals have been restricted to no more than 10 people

    States and territories will take control of decisions surrounding food markets, the prime minister said.

    Hairdressers and barber shops will be allowed to continue, but social distancing must be strictly managed and time must be restricted to no more than 30 minutes, preferably less.

    Shopping centres will remain open, but retail premises will be limited to businesses not included in the list of restrictions.


  • COUNCIL IMPLEMENT ZERO HEAD TAX FOR REX

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    2 months ago

    Effective from 1 April 2020 the District Council of Grant will to reduce the head tax for Rex to zero at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport for a period of six months in order to support this essential service for the Limestone Coast Region.

    A letter from Mr Warrick Lodge, General Manager (Network Strategy) for Regional Express was received by Council and a Special Meeting was convened by Mayor Sage on Monday 23 March 2020 to provide Rex with a timely decision before irreversible damage is done to the bottom line of the regional carrier. At this meeting Council resolved...

    Effective from 1 April 2020 the District Council of Grant will to reduce the head tax for Rex to zero at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport for a period of six months in order to support this essential service for the Limestone Coast Region.

    A letter from Mr Warrick Lodge, General Manager (Network Strategy) for Regional Express was received by Council and a Special Meeting was convened by Mayor Sage on Monday 23 March 2020 to provide Rex with a timely decision before irreversible damage is done to the bottom line of the regional carrier. At this meeting Council resolved to support a zero percent head tax for a period of six months commencing 1 April 2020, to be reviewed after this time period for a reduction between 70% to 100% of the head tax for the following three month period.

    Rex has been providing a passenger transport service to the Limestone Coast community since 2002 and Council recognises that the airline contributes significantly to socio-economic wellbeing of the region. In recent times a Community Fare partnership agreement was founded between the District Council of Grant and Rex which resulted in 23 percent of passengers in and out of the Mount Gambier Regional Airport taking advantage of a more affordable community fare.

    Mayor Sage is worried about the COVID-19 crisis and hopes that Council demonstrating strong and decisive support for Rex during this time will support the regional airline.

    “The recent $715 million relief package is a fantastic start for the aviation industry and I commend the Deputy Prime Minister and the Morrison Government for acting swiftly to provide assistance. However, this situation is changing daily and Council, in doing their part to help alleviate financial pressures on the airline, hopes this leadership and support is mirrored where possible. The assistance package will provide all airlines across some cost relief but this will not be of any benefit if airlines stop flying”.

    Mayor Sage went on to say “Council stands with Rex during this time and will do as much as they can to ensure the survival and retention of Rex services and that this joint statement to the media is testament to this commitment”.

    Mr Lodge was pleased by the announcement.

    “Rex is appreciative of the heartfelt support from the District Council of Grant, during this time where airlines all over the world are fighting for their survival. It will take the support of all levels of Government for Rex to continue providing regional air services beyond the 6 April 2020. This offer of support by the District Council of Grant is critically important at this time and Rex is continuing to work with State and Federal Governments in an attempt to keep essential regional air services operating”

    Mayor Sage also reassured the community that its business as usual at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport.

    “We still have the RFDS and other air services operating. Social distancing barriers and hygiene reminders have been implemented in the terminal building. In regards to the Mount Gambier Regional Airport Upgrade, it’s a fully funded and budgeted project so this will continue with its current schedule with a completion date of December 2020.”

    Over the past week, Rex have undertaken a Network Capacity Review which is set to commence from 6 April 2020, but Rex later announced that it would be forced to cease all services with the exception of its operations in QLD operations, should it not receive financial assistance from all levels of Government . This will see all services in and out of the Mount Gambier Regional Airport cease, as there will be an estimated reduction of passenger numbers by around 80 percent, making the operation of the airline no longer viable for the short term.

    Queensland has retained its Rex services as they are underwritten by the QLD government in that state and Rex has proposed a similar model to other State governments. The District Council of Grant will also lobby Federal and State Governments to support the retention of regional air services for the Limestone Coast.

    Please keep informed by Council on the COV-19 situation and the status of Council sites and services at yoursaydcg.com.au/covid-19.

    The Mount Gambier Regional Airport is owned and operated by the District Council of Grant.


  • Cross Border Exemptions

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    2 months ago

    Email sacovid19exemptions@sa.gov.au and provide as much detail as possible as to what the business is and reasons why you need to cross the border. Print the email and retain as a response back to may take some time.


    Email sacovid19exemptions@sa.gov.au and provide as much detail as possible as to what the business is and reasons why you need to cross the border. Print the email and retain as a response back to may take some time.


  • Latest Statement from the Prime Minister - Sunday 22 March 2020

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    2 months ago

    Australian governments are focused on working together to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to save lives.

    Every extra bit of time allows us to better prepare our health system and put measures in place to protect Australian lives.

    We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs.

    The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 22 March 2020 as the National...

    Australian governments are focused on working together to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to save lives.

    Every extra bit of time allows us to better prepare our health system and put measures in place to protect Australian lives.

    We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs.

    The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 22 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. They agreed to further actions to support social distancing measures already put in place and protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus.

    Practicing good hygiene and keeping a healthy physical distance between individuals is our most powerful weapon in fighting this virus and saving lives. The failure of some businesses and members of the public to do this puts people’s lives at risk.

    We need every Australian to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians.

    Leaders thank those members of the public who are adhering to social distancing measures. However, leaders expressed their disappointment at some members of the community who are disregarding social distancing measures and, by doing so, putting the lives of older and vulnerable Australians at risk.

    If we want to slow the spread, everyone must implement appropriate social distancing in accordance with state and territory laws.


  • Statement from Mayor Sage

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    2 months ago
    The world as we know it has changed with the COVID-19 crisis evolving on a daily basis and it presents the District Council of Grant and our community with new and unexpected challenges.

    Protecting the health and safety of our community and staff is a priority for Council. On the 16 March Council enacted its Business Continuity Plan (BCP), which provides guidance on how Council can maintain important services during this adverse event. Council is closely monitoring the situation and adhering to health advice issued by the Federal Department of Health, SA Health along with the Local Government Association to...

    The world as we know it has changed with the COVID-19 crisis evolving on a daily basis and it presents the District Council of Grant and our community with new and unexpected challenges.

    Protecting the health and safety of our community and staff is a priority for Council. On the 16 March Council enacted its Business Continuity Plan (BCP), which provides guidance on how Council can maintain important services during this adverse event. Council is closely monitoring the situation and adhering to health advice issued by the Federal Department of Health, SA Health along with the Local Government Association to ensure that we are prepared to help reduce the incidence of a potential outbreak and try and help to keep our community safe.

    Our customer service centres at Commercial Street West and the Port MacDonnell Community Complex will remain open. However, to help reduce the potential risk we request that you telephone, email or access the YourSayDCG as your first preference to contact Council and reduce your attendances at the offices in person unless the matter is urgent.

    Council is committed to delivering its services for our community, but in the event of a staff member or one of our Elected Members falling ill and the site being quarantined, ‘Satellite Offices’ have been established at the Mount Gamier Regional Airport Administration Building and the Port MacDonnell Community Complex and Works Teams will also operate from the Port MacDonnell depot.

    Some other immediate changes have included the following:
    • Suspension of Councils Youth on Wheels program and other volunteer programs.
    • All community and holiday programs and activities at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex have been suspended, however the complex remains open to the public but continuation of the Complex in its current operation will consistently be reviewed as real-time information is presented.
    • We are encouraging staff and Elected Members to cancel any non-essential meetings and shift to online platforms, telephone or email.
    • Staff are not permitted to travel for business purposes interstate or intrastate.
    • Council are setting up protocols and infrastructure for staff so they may work from home as required.
    • Ongoing BCP team meetings will occur, with the sole aim of maintaining business continuity, community and staff safety.
    • Social distancing barriers have been put in place at the Mount Gambier Principle Office, Commercial Street West, and the Airport and Port MacDonnell Community Complex as a way to reduce some of the possible risks.

    The Mount Gambier Regional Airport and the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards are operating as normal, so please remember to practice social distancing protocols when visiting these sites.

    This COVID-19 virus is challenging the way we all live and work and for some it can be quite frightening. On behalf of myself, the Elected Members and Council staff we ask that you continue to show kindness and community spirit as we progress through the different phases of response to this crisis.

    As a Council we are committed to providing you with updates from credible sources and will continue to do so on a regular basis. To that end, Council have established a portal on https://yoursaydcg.com.au/covid-19 where we will publish information from the Federal Department of Health, SA Health and the Local Government Association, along with the changes as they develop at a service level for our Council area.

    I thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times and please keep yourself and your family safe and well. Finally, I personally thank the staff of the District Council of Grant for their agility and flexibility while they continue to deliver quality services to our community as we try to assist you through these uncertain times.

    Mayor Richard Sage