Advice: Changes to Council operations - COVID-19

13th May 2020
Community update regarding Council operations and opening hours due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council playgrounds & skate parks

In line with current advice from the State Government, Council-owned playgrounds and skate parks have been reopened and regular cleaning of the toilets associated with those reserves (where in place) is being undertaken.

All users of the facilities are expected to adhere to good hygiene and social distancing practices and ensure no more than 10 people are using the facility. Please note that if you arrive at a playground or Skate Park and there are 10 people in the area, you will need to return at a different time.

Council camp grounds

The Farm Beach and Louth Bay Campgrounds have been reopened and signage has been put in place to advise patrons to leave sufficient spacing between camp sites and ensure good hygiene and social distancing is observed.

Other Council facilities and services

The following Council assets / services currently remain closed or suspended:

  • Council owned & operated public barbecues;
  • Hiring of the community bus;
  • Creating Connections (over 50’s program); and
  • The Cummins Institute (including the public toilets).

While Community Halls have been permitted to reopen by the State Government, the Cummins Institute is being utilised by a third party for the provision of health services at this time, therefore reopening can not yet be facilitated.

Office opening hours - As at 13 May 2020

Cummins Council Office:  Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

Port Lincoln Branch office: Monday only, 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Appointments can be made outside of these times via prior arrangement with the relevant staff members, and Council staff will continue to be available via phone (8676 0400) or email (mail@dclep.sa.gov.au) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. A return to ordinary opening hours will be assessed in early June.

Services such as payment of rates and charges, obtaining permits, advice regarding development services that would ordinarily have been accessible to you via our principal office (and other offices) during ordinary office hours are now accessible in the following way:

The Council’s principal office is also the place you would ordinarily go to obtain copies of documents or inspect documents that are available to you under the Local Government Act 1999.  Because of these changes, documents you would ordinarily obtain copies of at the principal office can now be sent to you on request. Fees may apply to access certain documents.  Documents that would ordinarily be available for inspection are now published on: www.lowereyrepeninsula.sa.gov.au OR available in hard or electronic copy on request free of charge.

Are you experiencing Financial Hardship?

Council have adopted a new Financial hardship policy to assist ratepayers who are experiencing financial difficulty, with the policy including reference to emergency events being available on Council’s website: www.lowereyrepeninsula.sa.gov.au.

In relation to the current health pandemic, Council have resolved to waive fines and interest on payments for March through to August (inclusive) for those customers that can demonstrate an inability to meet payments to Council as a result of a reduction of 30 per cent or more in business income, or as a result of a reduction in working hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone experiencing difficulty is encouraged to contact the Council office and discuss the options available to them on 8676 0400.

The COVID-19 situation is continually changing and we encourage all residents to check our website or Facebook page for any changes to Council services or opening of facilities.

For important information related to COVID-19 in South Australia visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

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The following Council managed facilities have been temporarily closed until further notice:

  • All Playgrounds owned and maintained by Council;
  • Cummins & Coffin Bay Skateparks;
  • All public BBQs owned and maintained by Council;
  • Farm Beach campground;
  • Louth Bay campground

As these facilities cannot physically be isolated, closure signage has been arranged for the above sites, however the public conveniences attached to the camp grounds will remain open to the general public.

Other suspended services:

  • The hiring of the community bus is suspended as we cannot meet social distancing requirements within the bus environment.
  • Creating Connections (over 50’s program) has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Cummins Institute Hall has been closed to the public (including the public toilets).

Congregating in groups of 10 or more people is now prohibited under State Government Law, while the Commonwealth have advised against congregating in groups of more than 2 people and Council encourage all community members to exercise their social responsibility to comply with this advice when utilising Council land.

Information regarding Cummins event - Rambler Clubrooms, 17 March 2020

24th March 2020

Senator Rex Patrick has tested positive for COVID-19, and the following advice has been sent on the express instruction of Dr Ann Koehler, Deputy Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health:

The Communicable Disease Control Branch has reviewed video footage of the meeting and has declared that all 200 attendees, are a close contact of the case, and therefore must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure (17 March 2020).

Attendees who have symptoms should present for testing. Attendees who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested but should monitor for symptoms while in isolation.

19th March 2020

Senator Rex Patrick has issued a media release advising of his position in relation to the Coronavirus – rex.centrealliance.org.au/media/releases/statement-on-senator-patricks-covid-19-self-isolation-and-testing/

Council suggests that those who attended the meeting at Cummins Ramblers Football Club on Tuesday, 17 March 2020, may want to consider acting with caution and avoid contact with people where possible, especially if they were in close proximity to the Senator for a reasonable amount of time (within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes).

18th March 2020

Following the LEADA meeting in the Cummins Ramblers Football Clubrooms yesterday (17 March 2020), Senator Rex Patrick, who was at the meeting,  has advised that he has placed himself in self isolation as he attended a meeting with Senator Andrew Bragg 9 days ago who has now tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Senator Patrick, who was unaware that Senator Bragg had tested positive prior to the Cummins meeting, has no symptoms of COVID-19 but has advised he has placed himself in self isolation pending test results.

Advice provided to Council is that as Senator Patrick has no symptoms of the Coronavirus it is not a requirement for people who attended that meeting to self isolate. However it is suggested that people who attended that meeting act with caution and avoid contact with people where possible, especially if they were in close proximity with the Senator for a reasonable amount of time (within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes).

It is expected that the Senator's test results will be known within 24 hours.

The government website health.gov.au is a good reference point for information on the Coronavirus, including in relation to protecting yourself and containing the spread of the virus.

ROD PEARSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER