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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Before you go

There are many things to consider before heading out on a kayaking adventure, please take the time to plan your trip well. Listed below is important information to get you started.

Trip Preparation

Download the Paddle Prep App

If you are a smartphone user, we would recommend that you download the ‘Paddle Prep’ App developed by Paddle Australia. It is your one stop shop for your kayaking adventure, it has lots of helpful information relating suitable equipment you will need, resources to help you plan your trip, links to check the weather, winds speeds and river levels, video demonstrations on the different paddling skills you need and lots more.

Check the weather

Check the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest weather forecase and wind speeds, www.bom.gov.au.

Not sure what a safe wind speed might be? Download this simple wind speed guide: Wind Speed and Weather Guide(350 kb)

Familirise yourself with the Trail Route

Familiarise yourself with the route you intend to paddle and locate all possible emergency entry and exit points.  Make sure you choose a section that is suitable for you skill and fitness level.

Submit Float Plan

Notify a responsible person of your trip and submit a float plan - Download a template here, Float Plan(21 kb)

Canoe Safety Tips

  • When canoeing on the Murray or its backwaters be alert for other water-users, including house-boats and power boats
  • Carry adequate supplies of food and drinking water (remember river murray water isn’t suitable for drinking)
  • Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and suitable clothing/footwear
  • Always wear an approved PFD (lifejacket)
  • Follow the river user rules: when you reach the ferry crossings at Tailem Bend and Wellington wait to the ferry to reach the side of the river and then cross in the middle, this will mean the cables are at the lowest point
  • Take a mobile phone in a water proof bag in case of an emergency
  • Paddle with a friend or group
  • Take all your rubbish home
  • Respect the environment – leave minimal impact on plants and wildlife

What to bring

  • BYO kayak/canoe
  • Approved PDF life vest
  • Hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a jacket if it’s cooler. You can also consider wearing water shoes.
  • Bug repellent especially at dawn and dusk
  • Large bottle of water per person (if it's hot, 1 litre per person per hour is recommended)
  • Waterproof camera, or a dry bag for the belongings
  • Towel – also good for sun protection
  • Picnic lunch, there’s plenty of spots to pull up on a canoe for a rest stop (make sure you take your rubbish with you) - click here for a list.
  • Basic first aid
  • Other safety equipment: torch, tow line.

Trail Emergency Exit/Access Points

Remember to familirise yourself with the following locations prior to departure, in case of an emergency this will be important information to provide emergency services.

  • Westbrook Park
  • Rivers Edge Caravan Park
  • Riverside Hotel
  • Dickson Reserve
  • Fred’s Landing
  • Murrayview Estate Reserve
  • Wellington East Boat ramp

Useful Contact Numbers

Emergency – 000

Marine Safety Officers – 8532 8161

Murray Watch – To report environmental damage, pollution, or dangerous or antisocial behaviour 8531 0710 (24 Hours), www.murraywatch.com.au

Fishwatch Hotline – 1800 065 522

Coorong Council - 1300 785 277