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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Strategic Management Plan

2016 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan

Pursuant to section 122 of the Local Government Act, the Council has an overarching four-year Strategic Management Plan to inform its asset management plans, capital works program, workforce development plan and annual business plans for the period 2016 - 2020.  The Plan also considers, and influences, other regional plans and strategies.

2016 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan (updated February 2018)(2649 kb)

Please note that this plan was adopted by the former Council and will be reviewed in the near future. Local Government elections were held in November 2018 and the current Council now consists of the following members:

Mayor Cr. Paul Simmons (Mallee Ward)

Cr. Neville Jaensch (Mallee Ward)

Cr. Brenton Qualmann (Mallee Ward)

Cr. Glynis Taylor (Mallee Ward)

Deputy Mayor Cr. Jeff Arthur (Parks Ward)

Cr. Lisa Rowntree (Parks Ward)

Cr. Sharon Bland (Lakes Ward)

Cr. Tracy Hill (Lakes Ward)

Cr. Vern Leng (Lakes Ward)

The Strategic Management Plan is divided into four themes and objectives, under which there are a range of strategies and high level specific actions/projects.  The themes and objectives for the district are:




A caring, healthy and resilient community.


A strong sense of civic pride and well maintained townships.


A prosperous and sustainable district.


Collaborative and respective relationships amongst community, Elected Members and Council staff.

Process to develop the 2016 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan

The process to develop the current Strategic Management Plan (2016 - 2020) included a two month period of community engagement in September and October 2015, which involved a survey, forums, the development of a number of aligned reports and the distribution of a flyer.  This process followed on from the completion of the Review Paper of the Coorong District Council Strategic Management Plan 2012 - 2016, which noted other relevant government-level plans and summarised key issues, challenges and opportunities known to the Council in mid-2015.  Following community engagement, a draft of the Strategic Management Plan was released for public comment for a period of six weeks resulting in a small number of submissions.  The submissions were considered by Council and the draft Plan was adopted with some minor alterations at the Council meeting held on 16 February 2016.

The Council undertook a process towards the end of the 2016/17 financial year that determined its performance in implementing the overaching Strategic Management Plan (SMP) for the period of February 2016 - July 2017 (includes the whole of the 2016/17 financial year and the first four months of operation of the 2016-2020 SMP). From this process, the associated tables and commentary was included in the 2016/17 Annual Report. On 20 February 2018, Council also considered and adopted minor amendments to the Strategic Management Plan to acknowledge some changes to Key Actions & High Level Projects/Programs.

Thank you

Council thanks everyone that contributed during the community engagement process and those that took time to write a submission and/or appear before Council.

Strategic Management Plan Public Forum, 25 September 2015 - Summary of Feedback Report(414 kb)

2016 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan - survey responses (collated)(4018 kb)

2016 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan - Meningie and Lakes Strategic Consultation Report(1031 kb)