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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Stage 2 Formal Consultation - Coorong GM Food Crops Area

STAGE 2 - Coorong District Council - Consultation

Genetically Modified Food Crops Area Survey

In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which lifted the moratorium on production of Genetically Modified crops within this State. Each SA Council area now must consider making an application to the Minister for Primary Industries to be designated a non GM area, with the final decision being made by the Minister.

At the 21 July Ordinary meeting, Coorong District Council decided to proceed with formal community consultation in accordance with the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 Guidelines, in regard to whether the Coorong District Council area should be a ‘Genetically Modified’, or ‘non Genetically Modified’ food crop area.

During this second stage of consultation, Coorong District Council are seeking information and data in regard to:

  • Evidence of economic gain, marketing or trade advantage that will be obtained from the GM moratorium being lifted in the Coorong District Council area; and also
  • Evidence of any economic loss, marketing or trade disadvantage that will be obtained from the GM moratorium being lifted in the Coorong District Council area.

This information will be used to inform Coorong District Council's next steps. Members of the community who are involved in primary production and food processing or manufacturing businesses are encouraged to provide feedback.

Those who completed the last online survey or made a written submission are encouraged to do so again, and provide additional detail in regard to economic gains/losses, marketing or trade advantages/disadvantages.

Coorong District Council’s Chief Executive Officer Bridget Mather said that the guidelines from PIRSA are quite specific in relation to what is required to make an application to the Minister to be a ‘no GM area’.

“Applications to the Minister must relate to marketing and trade. During this second stage of consultation we are keen to receive more detailed information in regard to how genetically modified crops may affect business and primary production in our region,” Bridget Mather says.

GM Food Crops Area Online Survey

If you wish to make a written submission in regard to this issue, please email tstrugnell@coorong.sa.gov.au.

Consultation is now open, and closes at 5:00pm on Friday 21 August 2020.

Further background information on the changes to the SA Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 can be found on PIRSA's website: https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/primary_industry/genetically_modified_gm_crops.

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Contact:

Bridget Mather
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | COORONG DISTRICT COUNCIL
Phone: 1300 785 277 | E: bmather@coorong.sa.gov.au