Message from the Mayor | COVID-19

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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.

We understand that the pandemic is already having an impact on our local community and businesses and that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty about what lays ahead.

We recommend that everyone stays calm; that we continue to support each other; and that we follow the Government's advice. We are a strong and resilient community and I am confident in our ability to work through these challenging times together.

In the meantime, Council will be regularly reviewing its provision of services to the community with the aim of continuing to operate business as usual until such time as further restrictions limit our ability to do so. We recognise that there are real and tangible benefits to conducting business with Council in person, however it is worthwhile considering whether your issue could be dealt with over the phone, via email or in writing over the coming months to help minimise the spread of the virus.

We are working closely with various event coordinators, suppliers and contractors to ensure that our collective response to this issue is both balanced and measured. I ask that the community considers doing the same when shopping for certain commodities to ensure there is enough to go around for everyone.

I can advise that after discussions with the consultants for the Penola and Millicent Main Street Placemaking Strategies, the face to face consultation sessions for these projects have been deferred. The community survey will go ahead as planned, and it is anticipated that the face to face sessions will be rescheduled at a later date.

We are also working closely with the Geltwood Festival, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, Geocaching and other event organisers to determine if these public events will continue and if so in what format. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. For this and any additional updates, I recommended monitoring Council's website and Facebook pages.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found via the following sources:

Keep safe, remain calm, stay informed and continue to support each other.

Des Noll