City of Victor Harbor responds to COVID-19 threat

Council response: City of Victor Harbor mayor Moira Jenkins, has updated the community on council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council response: City of Victor Harbor mayor Moira Jenkins, has updated the community on council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Victor Harbor has moved swiftly in response to COVID-19 and is currently following all government directives, while putting measures in place to help keep the local community and council staff safe.

Mayor Moira Jenkins said local government had an essential role to play in providing services to the community.

"Where it is safe for both our staff and the community, we are required to continue to deliver these services. In order to achieve this, we are going to have to do things differently for the foreseeable future," Dr Jenkins said.

"While our priority has been to put things in place to respond to the immediate impact of COVID-19, council is looking at how we can support our community and businesses who are impacted by COVID-19 in the medium and long term.

"Our 2020/21 budget process will be focused on looking at the measures we can implement to ease the financial burden on our community and businesses. As this process progresses we will keep our community up to date."

Dr Jenkins that in such an unprecedented situation, it was important the community came together to support one another, while maintaining their safety.

"The situation continues to change rapidly. Our community can be assured that the council is closely monitoring information and advice from government authorities, and will continue to act swiftly to put measures in place to protect our community when required," she said.

Service changes 

As part of council's response to the pandemic, a number of changes have been made to services.

The library is now closed, however borrowing services are currently still available via collection and home delivery. Phone 8551 0730 or visit: victor.sa.gov.au/library for more information.

Similarly, the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre and South Australian Whale Centre have been closed until further notice, with staff deployed to assist with the delivery of services to support the community.

Council events have also been cancelled, including the Mainstreet Easter Hunt and Artisan Market.

In respect to rate payments, council is offering a number of bill softening options for those who are struggling to meet their rates payments.

Application forms are available on the council website and further advice can be sought from the Rates Department by emailing: localgov@victor.sa.gov.au or calling 8551 0500.

A range of council facilities including the Recreation Centre, Town Hall, Coral Street Art Space, Carrickalinga House and Old School Building are now closed to the public.

Meetings of Council, Committees, Advisory and Working Groups are planned to go ahead where essential, with extra safety measure implemented, including social distancing.

All council meetings (special and ordinary) will be live streamed. Where possible, all other public meetings will also be live streamed to encourage the public to access from home.

For a full summary of affected council services and essential information concerning Coronavirus information and updates, visit: victor.sa.gov.au/community-information/coronavirus