Coorong District Council response measures to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a global crisis, and our Council has a key role to play in limiting the spread and impact of it.

Our leaders are staying up to date on the latest advice from the State and Federal Governments, and relevant Government health agencies.

Residents who are experiencing financial hardship may seek assistance from Coorong District Council by entering into a long-term payment arrangement. Information is available on our Financial Hardship page.

For more information please click here.

Update - 25 May 2020

The SA Government have released their Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions.

Most Coorong District Council services have now resumed:

  • All playgrounds, parks (incl. dog parks and gardens) have been re-opened to the public.
  • All community toilets have been re-opened.
  • All halls can now open and community groups will be able to book facilities (groups are encouraged to contact Council to work through arrangements).
  • The Coonalpyn Caravan Park and Narrung Campground are now open to the public (including public toilet facilities).
  • Sporting facilities can open in accordance with the new measures in place.
  • Public library services:
    • Tailem Bend, Tintinara, Coonalpyn and Coomandook Community Libraries are still closed to the public, however all are offering a 'phone and collect service'.
    • Meningie Community Library will be opening to the public from 3:45pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am - 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Tailem Rail Museum, Coorong Gallery and the Meningie Information Hub will be assessed in preparation for Council's executive team to make a decision on re-opening from 8 June 2020.

All Council facilities are receiving regular cleaning to ensure facilities are up to standard – however if you come across anything that requires attention please contact Council on 1300 785 277 so that we can attend to it.

Signs will be in place to remind users of their obligations to social distance. Everyone can play their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, using hand sanitiser and wiping down equipment and surfaces before and after use.

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Meningie Dry Area

An area stretching along the Meningie lakefront was made a dry area in 2011, but in line with current legislation, Council reviewed the effectiveness of the zone in 2017.

The reinstatement of the long-standing dry area at Meningie was made in consulation with community feedback. The reinstated dry area came into effect on 21 December 2017, and is now a continuous and ongoing dry area.

Meningie Dry Area Map 2017(325 kb)

What is a Dry Area?

A "dry area" is an area where the consumption of alcohol or possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited. This applies even if you are just moving through a Dry Area. Possession of alcohol in an open container does not take account of whether the alcohol is being consumed or not. A person can possess alcohol (eg carton of beer, a bottle of wine or alcohol in an esky) in a Dry Area provided the container is unopened.

What penalties apply for breaching a Dry Area?

A person who consumes or has possession of opened liquor in a dry area is guilty of an offence, which carries a maximum penalty of $1,250. Offenders are usually issued with an expiation notice of $160.

Why have Dry Areas been designated?

The purpose of dry area legislation is to curb liquor related problems in public areas such as reserves, main shopping precincts, car parks and to the waters edge (foreshore). Reasons for their introduction vary from public nuisance relating to itinerate use of beaches and other public places, to more complex social issues such as alcohol abuse.

Who monitors the Dry Area?

SA Police will monitor the Dry Areas. They should be contacted on all matters relating to the Dry Areas by phoning 13 14 44.

Does the Dry Area affect private property?

Rules for the Dry Area only apply to public places.

What time of the day is the Dry Area in operation?

The Meningie Dry Area is a "dry zone" area 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Are there any exemptions to the Dry Area?

Exemptions can apply where:

  • an event of historic, cultural, traditional or major community significance is held in the area; and
  • the consumption and possession of liquor in the area (or a defined portion of the area) are authorised for a specified period for the purposes of the event by the Coorong District Council