Coronavirus / COVID-19

9th April 2020

Update 9 April 2020

Dear Community Members

Yesterday we held our 3rd Coronavirus Local Community Impact meeting.

A standout issue raised was the slow Internet service for our district which is not coping with demand.  Most of our communities services, businesses, education and organisations rely on ‘online’ access to function – and even more so now.  Council has been working to resolve this over many years and will continue to do so.

Our message this week reinforces the need to continue to practice social distancing, avoid unnecessary travel, it’s OK to get outside for exercise and health benefits, look out for each other, this all helps to stop the spread – great job everyone.  How lucky are we with our open spaces, clean air, great weather, I’m loving our sunrise and sunsets lately.

Ned Loades, Wudinna Area School Principal advises that School Staff have been preparing work for students and becoming familiar with the Online Learning Platform in readiness for Term 2.  All the best to Students as holidays begin, enjoy your break.

Our local food businesses have quickly adapted to providing ‘take away’ services, providing variety.  Business & Tourism plan to hold a Zoom Meeting after Easter – we look forward to an update soon after.

Council have posted information on the local destination sites we have had to sadly close for now.

Unless there is an urgent need, our group will hold off meeting again until Wednesday 22nd April.

Our focus message this week comes from Jim McMenemy, Eyre and Far North LHN Director of Nursing, Wudinna Hospital  - for a copy of Jim's update click here

Wishing all a happy, safe Easter break.

Eleanor Scholz - Mayor (Signature)

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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

In the interest of the health and well being of the community and our employees, the decision has been made to limit access to the administration office.

Council administration staff will no longer undertake face to face interactions with the community, effective 5pm Monday 6 April 2020.

Any members of the community who arrive at the office will be asked to ring the office number and advise the nature of their request.
If the matter can be addressed over the phone, it will be and if not, new COVID-19 admission protocols will be followed, including (but not limited to) completing a declaration.

Those wishing to make payments to Council are encouraged to make payments over the phone using credit card.

Please call (08) 8680 2002 for all enquiries.

Should entry to administration be essential, visitors will be required to complete a declaration form prior to being approved access.

Some services may take longer than usual for completion. These protocols have been put in place for both the safety of our staff and the community.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to being open to the public again, when it is safe for everyone to do so.

Alan F McGuire
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

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We will be constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will endeavour to keep the public updated with information as it becomes available. You are encouraged to utilise the following sites for advice and information. Please stay alert, but not alarmed.

National (Australian Government Essential Information)

This site is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.

australia.gov.au

State (South Australian Government Essential Information)

This site is regularly updated essential information from the South Australian Government

sa.gov.au/covid-19

Business & Job Keeper

www.business.sa.gov.au

There is also a 24/7 National Coronavirus Information Helpline – 1800 020 080.

For further information please refer to the latest message from Wudinna District Council's Mayor, Eleanor Scholz -

Mayoral Release 3-4-2020

We have received a message from His Excellency the Governor to the people of South Australia dated Friday 27 March 2020 - click here for a copy.

Join our Register of Volunteers!

The State Government advises the Red Cross Telecross REDI service includes a free COVID-19 phone service where vulnerable people can receive a free, daily phone call checking on their welfare. People can register themselves, loved ones and friends. The service is targeted to older South Australians, people living with a disability, those experiencing mental illness, people recovering from an illness, accident or ongoing health conditions. You can register by phone on 1800 188 071 or online at register.redcross.org.au

Anyone already registered with the Telecross Service will automatically receive a call.

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