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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Tailem Bend

Located at the junction of the Dukes, Princes and Mallee Highways, Tailem Bend is a popular stop for travellers. There is some confusion about how the town got its name. It may derive from the Aboriginal word ‘thelum’ referring to the bend in the river or the expression ‘tail ‘em’ which is short for tailing lambs. In the 19th Century Tailem Bend was an important railway town, but today it is a commercial centre for the surrounding Mallee area. Tailem Bend’s most iconic building and strongest representation of railway history is the railway station. The town used to be a hub for train passengers and railway lifestyle. Aside from the appeal of the collection in the Museum at the Railway Station, Tailem Bend also sees regular freight trains and the occasional interstate passenger train pass through. Tailem Bend’s railway identity is also embodied by its human heritage: ex-railway workers and train drivers. Some of these retired railway personnel are now volunteers (‘fettlers’) at the Railway Station, giving tours of railway memorabilia. Tailem Bend Visitor Information Outlet explains the town’s strong historical links with transport.

You can re-visit Tailem Bend’s railway heritage by following the Historic Rail Trail Tailem Bend Historic Rail Trail Map(2623 kb).

Step back in time by visiting Old Tailem Town, comprising over 110 authentic historic buildings; popular ghost and paranormal tours are available.

Visit Fred's Landing to launch a boat and enjoy a spot of fishing on the river, or a picnic at Dickson reserve with its newly established pontoon. Tailem Info Station details the town's strong historical links with transport and the importance the railway played in opening up the surrounding towns.

The Council Office in the main street is also home to the 'Coorong Art Gallery' with rotating exhibitions and artwork for sale.