COVID-19

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


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.

COVIDSafe APP

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. For more information about the app’s privacy, please visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app/covidsafe-help

Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan

Businesses that were previously directed to close 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.

Create a COVIDSafe Plan - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

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


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.

COVIDSafe APP

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. For more information about the app’s privacy, please visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app/covidsafe-help

Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan

Businesses that were previously directed to close 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.

Create a COVIDSafe Plan - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

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


  • Update to Public Activities & Travel Restrictions

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    29 Sep 2020
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    Emergency Management (Public Activities No 9) came into effect at 12:01am on Saturday 5 September 2020. It revokes the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

    How everyone is affected

    Density requirements are still in place. The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square meters.

    Physical distancing, or social distancing principles apply. Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 meters from other members of the public. However, this does not apply to people who live together, who are friends or family members, or people who regularly associate with each other.

    Gatherings at private residences may have up to 50 people per gathering. Gatherings at a private place (other than a private residence) are restricted to no more than 100 people.

    How businesses are affected

    COVID Marshals - From 21 August, COVID Marshals are required across a number of industry sectors to ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met.

    Border Restrictions

    Victorian border restrictions - Travelers from Victoria, other than approved categories of Essential Travelers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Checkpoints or road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between South Australia and Victoria.

    Low community-transmission zone - The low community-transmission zone comprises the ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA. These travelers are able to enter South Australia directly without the requirement for COVID-19 testing or 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival, as long as during the 14 days immediately before their arrival in South Australia, they have been in the low community-transmission zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS or WA) for that preceding 14 days.

    Visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ for full information.


  • A SAPOL update to public activity restrictions in South Australia

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    04 Aug 2020
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    The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Wednesday 5 August 2020.

    Changes of note to defined public activities include a new maximum capacity requirement and updates to the consumption of food and beverages at defined public activities.


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    A gathering of more than 10 people at a residential premise is now a prohibited gathering. A person must not allow, organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a residential premise.

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    Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by spectators at sporting events if the spectator remains seated.
    Food and beverages (including alcohol) must be consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate form any bar or are where orders are taken.

    Food and beverages at recreational facility (eg mini-golf, pool hall, tenpin bowling, high ropes course, etc.) must be consumed at an area separate from a bar/where orders are taken and within the group that are attending the facility.
    Any shared equipment and frequently touched surfaces at a recreational facility must be cleaned between use by different individuals or groups.


    *Note- the information above only highlights the changes made and does not reflect all requirements under the Public Activity No 6 Direction. Business owners and members of the public are encouraged see the full direction for further information.
    It is acknowledged how broad these restrictions are, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.
    All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

    If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19


  • Recovery from COVID-19

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    18 Jun 2020
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    For all information in South Australia go to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery .

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

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    26 May 2020
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    A reminder that applications by eligible businesses for the State Governmentโ€™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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    11 May 2020
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    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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    23 Apr 2020
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    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 Councilโ€™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.

    โ€œAs 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.โ€

    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.

    Councilโ€™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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    06 Apr 2020
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    David Isaacs, is a consultant paediatrician at the Childrenโ€™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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    30 Mar 2020
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    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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    25 Mar 2020
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    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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    24 Mar 2020
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    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.

    โ€œThe 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 flyingโ€.

    Mayor Sage went on to say โ€œCouncil 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 commitmentโ€.

    Mr Lodge was pleased by the announcement.

    โ€œRex 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 operatingโ€

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

    โ€œWe 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, itโ€™s a fully funded and budgeted project so this will continue with its current schedule with a completion date of December 2020.โ€

    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.