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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Environmental & Public Health


Several on farm desalination units have been constructed across the Coorong District as an effective alternative to generate farm water supply and reduce SA Water mains use and costs.

Please click on the link below to open a comprehensive 'Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies Fact Sheet' detailing; 

- What to consider in planning a On Farm Desalination Unit,

- Case studies of local On Farm Desalination Units,

- Useful additional information and linkages to useful web pages

1. FACT SHEET Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies

Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies Fact Sheet

Additional information about On Farm Desalination can be found here; 

At each of the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Water Security Events desalination has been a feature.

Brian Schulz of Saltfree Desalination has provided information and demonstrations at each of our Water Security information events.

Please find further information in the documents below:

Saltfree Desalination Slide Show

Saltfree Desalination Flyer

Saltfree Frequently asked questions

Hamilla Downs - Solar Desalination Case Study

ROWATER Optimising water usage for primary producers and outback stations

ROWATER Membrane Desalination Systems

Inland Desalination Environment Protection  Authority Tony Sliuzas

2. Gubbins desalination unit with solar power

Desalination Information Night

A Desalination Information Night was held on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019, hosted by the Coomandook Ag Bureau.

This was a very informative meeting with key speakers; Gerard Van Den Brink, Gary Crisp, and Brad Gauci.

Gerard Van Den Brink of Van Den Brink Partners, discussed his experience in installing and using an on farm desalination unit. Van Den Brink Partners are about to install their second unit. This will be a solar rather than mains powered unit. Click here for more information about the Van Den Brink desalination unit.

Van Den Brink On Farm Desalination Plant year 6 review

On Farm Case Study

On Farm Case Study Diagram

Our second speaker was 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.

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

Please click on the following link to access Gary Crisp's presentation.

Desalination Presentation - Gary Crisp

3. Desalination Information Night Flyer 03.04.2019

More local On Farm Desalination Photos

4. Gubbins desalination unit with solar power

7. Smart Farms statement

6. National Landcare Program logo

7. Smart Farms statement