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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Tree Decline Project

SA Tree Watch

Help us learn about tree decline problems in your region

What is SA Tree Watch?

Paddock and roadside trees are an iconic and vital part of South Australian agricultural landscapes, but their future is uncertain. Many trees in the Coorong and Tatiara districts have died or show symptoms of poor health.

The purpose of the SA Tree Watch website is to allow local citizens to assess the health of trees in their area and add this information to the interactive map. Information about sick trees and their symptoms will be used to help understand tree decline problems, and develop a plan for improving tree health in the region.

We have developed a citizen science website to collect data on native trees in the region with symptoms of poor health.

We are calling on citizens of the Coorong and Tatiara districts to locate trees with symptoms of poor health, and complete a questionnaire about each tree.

Your data will help to plan for future landscapes with lots of large, healthy native trees!

To begin, or to find out more information, go to:

www.satreewatch.com.au

Final Report on Tree Decline and Death Project

The Tree Decline and Death Project is a research project delivered by Federation University Australia for the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Committees. The project aims to reduce threat to remnant native vegetation by investigating the cause of tree decline in the region. The project was commenced in July 2015. This report details our findings during the project . Click on the link below to read the full report.

Final Report on Tree Decline and Death Project(3208 kb)Research into Tree Decline and Death in the Coorong and Tatiara Districts

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The Tree Decline and Death Project aims to reduce threats to remnant native vegetation by investigating the causes of tree decline and death in this region.

Large trees are a valuable and treasured part of our landscapes – but they are in decline, and juvenile trees that are regenerating won’t be filling the void anytime soon. The Coorong and Tatiara Local Action Plan have tasked the Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia with researching this issue over the next couple of years.

It is clear that there is large range of issues, not limited to:

Galahs and Corellas ringbarking treesEffects of drought and climate stress
Insects defoliating treesLime Chlorosis
Mundulla YellowsMistletoe and Dodder infestation
Plant pathogensIncreased soil salinity.........and more

It is also evident that these stress factors interact with each other. We plan to look into some of the primary causes of stress, as well as these interactions.

We have three main goals for this project:

(1) to collate and synthesise knowledge of the issues,

(2) address some key research questions about tree decline, particularly regarding interactions between stress factors, and

(3) provide recommendations for managing tree decline, adapting to environmental changes, and for restoring trees in the landscape.

The initial stages of this project have involved extensive consultation with local stakeholders. We want to use local knowledge as much as possible to help inform and drive our research. We have quite a few ideas for innovative ways of addressing tree decline issues, and we’re excited by the possibility of making some headway on this issue.

Literature Review

The overwhelming theme from the review is that we require a better understanding of the extent and severity factor causing tree decline across the region. For each factor we need to ask: How widespread is the issue? Which tree species are affected? Is the issue associated with land management practices, landscape position, soil types, or climatic events or cycles? Based on the review, we proposed two further studies to be conducted as part of the Tree Decline and Death Project, discussed below.

Nutrient implant experiment

This experiment will rigorously test if nutrients are significantly affect tree health. We are trialling the use of tree stem implants to deliver nutrients to trees, in order to bypass high pH soil conditions that can alter soil nutrient availability. In October 2015

We selected 10 sites in the Keith and Bordertown area that had >10 trees that displayed symptoms of yellowing and poor health for treatment with nutrient implants. We have recently resurveyed the trees and are currently analysing our data. A report of our findings will be prepared in the coming months. Comparing the response of trees across the different treatments may reveal which nutrients are most influential.

Citizen science webpage

The aim of this study is to generate spatially-explicit data about tree decline issues in the region. The knowledge of the local community will be a valuable resource for determining the extent and severity of the various tree decline issues. As such, we are developing a website that will allow landholders and other citizens to upload symptoms of tree decline from their area, along with other land management information. This data will allow researchers to identify correlations between symptoms and other factors such as soil type, landscape position and land management, and ultimately to develop better-targeted management of tree decline issues. After an initial trial period with selected land managers, the website will be made available to the public.

Further research

We have a student at Federation University – Rebecca Martin who is conducting research in the glasshouse on the fate of tree seedlings in soil collected from different parts of the region, including roadsides. Her study will address questions about the potential for tree regeneration of different species in the region.

Towards the end of the project, we will synthesise our findings and provide management recommendations. This will be informed by the citizen science and tree implant experiments, the initial literature review, and other knowledge gained through discussions with stakeholders and land managers. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Nick Schultz atn.schultz@federation.edu.au

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