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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Water Security Technology Project

Water Security Technology Project 

With the support of funding from the National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Program (an Australian Government Initiative), the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan and Coorong Water Security Advisory Group undertook the 'Coorong Water Security Innovations Applied Project' over the 2018-2020 period.

This project included four key components; 

1. Testing innovative water security technologies and producing Technical Notes covering;

BushLinx Controller Leak Detection and Water Shut Off Technical Note

Leak Detection and Flow Meter Technology Technical Note

- Drone Mounted Leak Finding Thermal Imaging Technical Note

Automated Shandying / Water Blending Technical Note

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2. Production of three Water Security Project Options Fact Sheets including planning, considerations, and case studies including; 

Water Harvesting and Lined Catchments Fact Sheet

Further background information on Water Harvesting and Lined Catchments can be accessed at the Water Harvesting and Lined Catchment web page

Farm Water Supply Pipelines Fact Sheet

Further background information on Piping Projects can be accessed at the On Farm Piping Projects web page.

Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies Fact Sheet

Further background information on Farm Desalination can be accessed at On Farm Desalination web page.

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3. Production of a Fact Sheet summarising information on Farm Water Infrastructure Tax Benefits and Rebates; 

Farm Water Infrastructure Tax Benefits and Rebates Fact Sheet

During the current COVID 19 crisis there may significant changes to tax incentives via economic stimulus and other funding and investment opportunities.

We will aim to provide any updates of relevance to agriculture in the CTLAP newsletter. However we suggest you remain aware of the latest news announcements about the State and Federal COVID 19 stimulus packages.

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4. Water Security Technology Tours and Events

  • The Agriculture Innovation Update was held in June 2020 in Tintinara which included an interactive display and presentation from Shane Oster of the Alpha Group on remote access technologies including Leak Detection Units, Tank Level Monitors, and Weather Stations. Please click here to access this presentation as well as several others. Links to Ag Innovation Update page

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  • Desalination Information Night was held in April 2019 in conjunction with the Coomandook Agricultural Bureau.

This was a very informative session with key speakers; Gerard Van Den Brink of Van Den Brink Partners, Gary Crisp and Brad Gauci of the John Holland Group.

Gerard shared his experience in installing and using two on farm desalination units, one solar and the other mains powered. Gerard explained how this had improved their livestock production business and reduced costs.

Gary Crisp, Engineering Manager with John Holland Group. Gary had impressive experience in desalination from an engineering perspective over the years with involvement in the development and construction of large scale desalination units in Western Australian, Gold Coast, and several in North America. Gary is a past director of the International Desalination Association.

Gary provided the audience with an invaluable insight into; - the history of desalination, - evolution and types of desalination, and - large scale desalination projects.

Chemical Engineer Brad Gauci, also from the John Holland Group, provided additional information on chemical and process engineering in regard to the desalination process.

Please click here to access information and presentations from this high quality workshop.

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  • Water Security Technology Tours - Coomandook 6th March, Policemans Point 13th March 2020

The Water Security Technology Tours were an opportunity to promote the outcomes of the Coorong Water Security Innovations Applied, Coorong Lined Catchments, and the Livestock Water Security & Weather Station Technology Tour Projects.

Technical experts who developed key technologies as part of these projects gave in paddock demonstrations and presentations on;

- Water Shut Off / Leak Detection Units

- Flow Meter / Leak Detection Units

- Drone mounted Leak Finding Themal Imaging

- Automated Shandying / Water Blending

- Tank Level Sensors

- On Farm Weather Stations

- and at Policemans Point Lined Catchments and Water Harvesting

Please click here to access the full Tour Booklet from the Policemans Point Water Security Tour.

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Photos from the Coomandook Tour

Coomandook Water Security Tour

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Photos from the Policemans Point Tour

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