Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a contagious viral infection that causes mild respiratory illness in most people. Presentation can range from no symptoms to severe illness with potentially life-threatening complications, particularly in people who are vulnerable to infections. Signs of infection include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Council is currently monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 both within Australia and internationally.  At this point in time we have determined that our local priorities are to:

  • minimise risk to the health and wellbeing of our staff and the broader community;
  • continue to operate business as usual for as long as circumstances permit; and
  • be guided by Australian and State government protocols and the advice of relevant health experts

Information & Advice

The South Australian Government has issued a stay at home direction to all South Australians. The Stay at Home period will begin at 12.01 am on Thursday 19 November will end on 12:01 am on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

For more information visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response

For information on how the Government is monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms, visit:

SA Health - sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019

Australian Government Department of Health - health.gov.au

Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080.

Anyone with concerns about breaches of self-isolation or self-quarantine orders should call Crime Stoppers South Australia on 1800 333 000.

The Australian Red Cross has been activated to support the local community through the COVID-19 pandemic by offering psychosocial support through the Telecross REDi service. Those who require calls can register online  https://register.redcross.org.au/ or contact Red Cross on 1800 188 071.

The Salvation Army continues to provide support confidentially through Affordable SA on 1800 025 539 or at www.affordablesa.com.au

Council understands that the rapidly changing social and economic environment that is being driven by the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a significant number of our businesses, organisations and community groups under considerable pressure.

Council will continue to work closely with our community on a range of different service offerings, however it is important to note that we are not in a position to provide legal, financial, or industrial relations advice. Instead, we recommend that you continue to work with your normal legal and/or financial advisors during these testing times, as they are in the best position to assist you.

What we can do to help you navigate your way through these troubled times is to steer you to a variety of reputable information sources that may be of assistance. The following web links may be therefore of interest to you. They will be updated on a regular basis.

If you have urgent enquiries or would like more information from Council please contact either Steve Chapple, Director Development Services on 0427 946 783 or at swc@wattlerange.sa.gov.au or Roger Babolka, Manager Economic Development at rmb@wattlerange.sa.gov.au

Useful Links

Council COVID-19 Business Survey

Australian Government - Coronavirus Essential Information

Australian Government - Jobs Hub

Australian Taxation Office – Economic Response to Coronavirus

Australian Taxation Office – Dealing with Disasters

Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – Coronavirus Information and Support for Business

Australian Department of Health – Coronavirus Health Alert

Australian Fair Work Ombudsman – Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws

South Australian Government - SA Business Information Hub - Getting Back to Business

South Australian Government - Create a COVID-Safe Plan

South Australian Government – Preparing a Business Continuity Plan

South Australian Government – Human Disease

SA Health – Information for the Community – COVID-19

South Australian Tourism Commission – Tourism Response Portal

South Australian Tourism Industry Council – Business Tools

Business SA – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workbook

Business SA – COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast - COVID-19 Information and Resources

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) - COVID-19 and Primary Industries

The Junction – Mental Health Activity and Resource Centre

Council Updates

23 November 2020 - Council services re-open - Read it here

19 November 2020 - Council's non-essential services closed - Read it here

17 November 2020 - Pools and Lake Closed - Read it here

12 May 2020 - Getting Back to Business - Read it here

11 May 2020 - Wattle Range Council service centres getting back to business - Read it here

11 May 2020 - Council prepares to support business in recovery - Read it here