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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Saltland Pastures

Salinity affected paddock Cooke Plains

To jump straight to information about dryland salinity please click here.

Click here to for more information about the Saltland Pasture Redemption Project.

Saltland Pastures - General Information

General information about Saltland Pastures and links to useful resources

More information about 'Messina' salt and waterlogging tolerant pasture legume please view the links below.

Seednet Messina Fact Sheet

Messina Establishment and Management - Some Tips for Success

Click here to access the

Saltland Pastures for South Australia Manual 

The Saltland Pastures South Australia Manual provides information about saltland pastures and fodder shrubs, and is targeted at land managers, agronomists and extension workers. Information is based on trial and demonstration work carried out across South Australia, and much of it from within our region. This manual contains good quality information relevant to our local conditions. 

After looking through this manual land managers should be able to;

  • Better understand the potential of saltland pastures and fodder shrubs

  • Recognise suitable pasture plants for different classes of saltland

  • Use tools for evaluating economic performance

  • Better understanding of whether saltland productions systems are likely to be a success for them

  • Characterise their saltland
  • Appreciate other site factors that influence production and profitability
  • Access tried and tested establishment and management techniques
  • Appreciate the payoffs and pitfalls experienced by other farmers working with saltland

b. Saltland Pastures for South Australia Manual cover

A collection of Salt Tolerant Pasture Fact Sheets


This fact sheet covers the steps undertaken and results obtained from seeding Fodder Beet and Kikuyu on saline soils at Cooke Plains over the 2019-2020 season with some success.

Fodder Beet and Kikuyu on Saline Soil Fact Sheet

Fodder Beet and Kikuyu on saline soil Fact Sheet image


Saltland - What do you do with it?(3150 kb)

c. Saltland  What do you do with it Fact sheet cover

Saltland Management - The place of pastures(67 kb)

Saltland Pasture Recommendations(74 kb)


Measuring salinity Understanding the numbers(233 kb)

Soil Salinity Sampling Fact Sheet(87 kb)

Soil Salinity ECe crop and pasture tolerance chart(91 kb)

Dryland Salinity information sheet(97 kb)

You have nearly every other tool in your shed.

Why not have a hand held EC Meter to measure salinity levels in your water and soil?

Hand held EC meter article(420 kb)

d. hand held EC Meter

Puccinellia Establishment & Management

Puccinellia Perennial Sweet Grass(5371 kb)

e. Puccinellia Perennial Sweet Grass fact sheet front cover

Fertiliser and Puccinellia Fact Sheet

Feed Value of Puccinellia Fact Sheet(89 kb)

Tall Wheat Grass Establishment & Management

Lucerne and Tall Wheat Grass in a Pasture Mix Fact Sheet.

Sheep Production on Saline Land



Messina Seedling 2017

Photo above: Messina Seedling 2017

Resilience through Perennials 

Sam Lehmann, a third generation farmer from Cranbrook Western Australia, talks about his passion for a farming life. Working close with his parents, he has transformed unproductive country into land that is now an important and profitable part of his farming business. He shows how perennial species such as salt bush and kikuyu have positively changed the way he farms and the important role his wife and children play in keeping a balanced life and plans for the future.

g. Resilience through perennials you tube snap shot

Resilience through Perennials click here to access the Youtube link.

Foraging for the Future

Farmer Ian Walsh tells his story about restoring marginal farmland on his broad acre family property in Cranbrook Western Australia. The once marginal farmland has been restored using perennial forages and is now a productive and sustainable part of the whole farming system. Ian has worked with the CSIRO to measure methane emissions and production benefits of this restored part of the farm.

h. Forage for the Future youtube snap shot

Click here to access the Forage for the Future Youtube link.

i. Australian Government and NLP logo

j. Smart Farms Statement

k. Natural Resources South Eastj. SAMDB logo