Yankalilla District prepares for COVID-19 impacts

The District Council of Yankalilla is prioritising the welfare of residents and visitors by implementing a range of measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council CEO Nigel Morris said council was putting the safety and wellbeing of everyone first.

"The District Council of Yankalilla considers the wellbeing of its residents and visitors to be the utmost priority," Mr Morris said.

"That is why we have put in place new initiatives that will enable us to continue serving our community in the safest and most efficient way possible, while keeping our employees, volunteers and contractors safe.

"Council is focused on minimising disruption to services we deliver across our community, especially those that if impacted, will reduce the district's ability to recover from this pandemic."

As of Monday, March 23 the council office located at 1 Charles Street, Yankalilla has been closed to the public, but Mr Morris said the organisation remained committed to continuing day to day business tasks, even if this took on different forms to usual.

Council's Senior Leadership Team has established a working party to develop plans, guidelines and act as the point of contact for any enquiries, while a number of council services have also been amended.

Service changes

Library services are now closed until further notice, but members of the community can still download library resources such as eMagazines, eBooks and audio books using the onecard app or library catalogue from the safety of their own home.

Likewise, the Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre is closed until further notice, but council's team will continue to service visitors via email and phone during business hours via: 8558 0240 and cooee@visitfleurieucoast.com.au

Public facilities including BBQ's, drinking fountains and swimming pools (Delamere, Links, South Shores and Wirrina) are also closed, while toilets will remain open.

A majority of caravan parks in the region have been closed, while the Beachside Caravan Park and Cape Jervis Accommodation & Caravan Park are currently still operating at a reduced capacity.

In relation to community programs, Community Services staff members are currently working with community representatives to provide support to residents and council staff will continue to heed advice from all levels of government regarding COVID-19.

Council's operating hours remain Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm and those with concerns are encouraged to contact customer service staff via: 8558 0200 or council@yankalilla.sa.gov.au

Health and safety

Council staff have been directed to minimise close contact each day and current controls council has implemented with staff include but are not limited to:

  • Practicing good personal hygiene, including washing hands with soap and water
  • Instructed staff to self-isolate if sick or have had contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Not attend work if unwell
  • Sending staff home if they become unwell
  • Social distancing - no handshakes, hugging and keeping distance of 1.5 metre.

In the event of a confirmed Council staff member with COVID-19:

  • The office (or local work area - wing or floor) will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours and staff will be sent home
  • Closure will allow SA Health to identify and notify anyone who has come into close contact with an infected person and provide advice about who needs to seek treatment and/or self-isolate, and
  • The site will also undergo a thorough clean and reopen on the advice of health experts.

For a full summary of affected council services and essential information concerning Coronavirus information and updates, visit: yankalilla.sa.gov.au/contact/contact-and-announcements/coronavirus-or-covid-19