COVID-19 update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the globe, Wakefield Regional Council is taking proactive measures to stop the spread. Our front counter remains open but please call or email us in the first instance. We are trying to minimise risk to our people and our community so, if you can carry out business with us online or on phone, do so.

Find out about our response and important information for residents and businesses

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Our response to COVID-19

What you should know about COVID-19

We are committed to working with you to STOP THE SPREAD of COVID-19. While Council keeps our services running for you, we ask that you do what you can to help reduce the risk to our community  and the State.

Visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au for all the information you need.


How we are responding

Council plans to keep working to deliver essential services to the community. In these uncertain and changing times, we will need to change some of the ways we are operating and trust you will bear with us!

Our front counter remains open but please call or email us in the first instance.

We are trying to minimise risk to our people and our community so, if you can carry out business with us online or on phone, do so. If you must come into our foyer, please follow any directions in place and keep a distance from the counter. While we are accepting cash, please use tap and go or card options as much as possible.

Our waste services – including transfer stations and waste/recycling collection continues as normal.

Playgrounds, skate parks and other outdoor equipment are now open. However, social distancing rules must be followed.

Our community bus services is back up and running at its usual times.

All public pools have closed (as per seasonal closure).

All caravan parks are now open for bookings. 

All Libraries and services are now open. Check opening hours here.

Our Environment Health Officers will continue working to ensure community compliance with State and Federal Government directions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Key contacts

All arrangements continue to be reviewed and we’re happy to discuss any issues or concerns with you – call 8862 0800.

If you have questions about the following issues please feel free to call us direct:

  • Community Wastewater Management Systems - Hayden Battle on 0438 621 750
  • Cemeteries, Waste Management and Transfer Stations - Glen Growden on 8862 0810 or 0457 193 998

Emergency callouts

Jarrad Seiboth, Group Team Leader Infrastructure: 0419 911 914

Grant Wilmer, Team Leader Southern Field Staff: 0418 837 131

Trent Semler, Team Leader Northern Field Staff: 0408 956 262

For any other matters not covered above, feel free to contact one of our leadership team.

Your Council Members

Wakefield’s Elected Members continue to discuss our response to COVID-19 and how we can work to support the community. Council Members are always available to support you and discuss any of your issues. If you’d like to make contact with one of your Council representatives you can find their details here.


Information for businesses

Before you open: CREATE A COVID-SAFE PLAN (STAGE 2)

Businesses that were required to close as part of COVID-19 restrictions must create a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen on June 1.

Completing and implementing your Plan is the best way to ensure your business is compliant and COVID-safe for your staff and patrons.

Rules around business operations continue to change and, where possible, we urge you to speak to your peak representative organisations and continue to monitor the SA Health website.  However, a suite of information is available to help businesses navigate through these challenging months and we’re also here to help:

Business SA – has a range of important information on assisting local businesses.

Economic Development Australia Recovery Hub – provides funding links, resources etc focused on recovery.

Australian Institute of Food Safety – includes information about what COVID-19 means for your food business.

South Australian Tourism Commission – has resources for hotel and tourism operators.

Restaurant and Catering Industry – has a hub of valuable information

If you are unsure of requirements for your business or need our support please contact our Environmental Health Officer Willbur Colaco 0407 618 057 or Compliance Officer Katie Walker 0418 846 047 who continue to work with other agencies to ensure we have the latest advice.


COVID-19 Marshalls

Requirements

From 21 August 2020, you must have a COVID Marshal if your business or activity is or involves any of the following:

  • Hospitality
    Any business or activity providing food and/or beverages for on-site consumption to members of the public, including pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés, wineries, cellar doors, dining areas, food courts, etc. This does not include take-away only operators.
  • Gyms and fitness centres
    Gyms and fitness centres/studios, pilates, yoga, spin, barre, dance and similar studios, health clubs, etc.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports clubs
    Football, cricket, netball, soccer, tennis clubs, racing (horse/greyhound) clubs (both indoor and outdoor areas).
  • Swimming pools available for public use
    Publicly owned pools and businesses that operate with a swimming pool the public can use, including associated facilities such as showers, changerooms etc.
  • Social and community clubs
    Community/RSL halls, youth and recreation centres, other facilities commonly used for meetings, gatherings and events open to members of the public.
  • Religious or faith-based ceremonies
    Includes both ceremonies and services held at places of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues or temples, and ceremonies or services held elsewhere. This does not include weddings or funerals.
  • Supermarkets and hardware stores
    Includes all retailers including small or independent stores that operate as supermarkets or hardware stores (these are more common in regional areas). However, for these smaller operations, this usually simply means that the floor manager/main staff member on duty would also act as COVID Marshal while at work. As such, this would likely not be onerous.
  • Distribution centres
    Includes distribution centres and their associated transport operations (e.g. arrival/departure areas, loading/unloading and other activities).
  • Businesses or activities that are required to have a COVID Management Plan.

If you fall into any of the above categories, you must have either a nominated or a dedicated COVID Marshal.



HEALTH INFORMATION

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Regional Access Program - 1300 032 186


REPORT PEOPLE BREAKING OR IGNORING RESTRICTIONS

To report breaches of the pandemic control restrictions, please call:


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