Yorke Peninsula Council is now reinstating services in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of 8th May and the South Australian Government’s updated three-step plan to gradually remove baseline restrictions.
Yorke Peninsula Council had implemented many cautionary steps to ensure we met our duty of care obligations and helped ‘slow the spread’. The health and safety of our staff, customers and broader community continues to be our highest priority and Council will take measures as new advice from the Australian Government is received.
Yorke Peninsula Council’s response plan had previously included:
- An urgent letter to the Premier Steven Marshall to urge for a temporary closure of jetties and boat ramps (except for emergency services and commercially registered boats) for Easter and the current school holiday period across the rural areas of our State, thereby sending a direct message to all that now is not the time to be visiting country regions for recreational purposes. For a copy of the letter, click here.
- Council have postponed/cancelled all non-essential Council events including but not limited to the YorKON and the YP Art Exhibition events in April. For a full list of postponed or cancelled events, click here.
- Following Australian Government Protocols regarding all other community events and gatherings.
- Closely monitoring and reviewing all official communication from the Australian Government and implementing the necessary controls.
- A working group of key stakeholders has been formed to undertake weekly (or more frequently if required) risk assessments and implementing the necessary controls.
- Ceasing all interstate business travel until further notice.
- Ceasing all non-essential business travel (including attendance at off-site training).
- Monitoring staff travel and ensuring self-quarantine protocols are followed.
- Segregation of key staff.
The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Council will continue to provide regular updates on this site as they develop.
A Message from Our Mayor
In response to the COVID-19 crises and the financial impact this has had on the community, the Council at the 8th April 2020 meeting endorsed a range of motions. These motions included: rates relief, ratepayers were provided the ability to apply for a deferment of 4th quarter rates, deferment of lease and licence fees for sporting/community groups leasing Council property, deferment of leases and licences for commercial organisations and businesses leasing of Council property and also deferment of loan payments for community groups with loans sourced via Council.
To qualify for assistance, applicants will need to complete one of the following applications:
Also refer to the PO060 Rates Relief Policy for further information.
All Yorke Peninsula Council Offices are currently operating as usual with additional hygiene methods implemented. It is strongly recommended that you do not attend any of our office locations even if you are feeling well. To reduce inconveniences, we recommend:
- To make payments over the phone with card payments (e.g. rates, infringements, development fees etc.). Please call 08 8832 0000.
- For all public enquiries to be via the telephone rather than in-person. Please call on 08 8832 0000.
- Where possible, please send all correspondence via email to email@example.com instead of delivering or posting.
If you must attend our Council Offices, we kindly request that you:
- Respect the inside capacity limit of 2 customers at one time.
- Pay via EFTPOS rather than cash to reduce human to human interactions.
Please do not enter our Council Offices if you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms (Refer to further down this page)
The following services will remain temporarily closed/restricted for a little longer:
- YP Leisure Options (ceasing 3rd April 2020)
- Justice of the Peace services
- All Council Institutes and Halls are currently closed and not available for hire
These services will be reinstated as soon as it is safe to do so.
All other Council Services are continuing as normal. Please check for updates regularly.
Playgrounds, Skate Park and Outdoor Gyms
Following recent advice received from SA Health, playgrounds, parks, outdoor gyms and the skate park under Council’s control are now open.
As part of the reopening of these facilities COVID-19 signage will be placed at the entrance(s) to each facility.
Please remember, all members of the public still have a personal and community responsibility to practice social distancing and hygiene practices.
When using publicly accessible equipment please ensure you:
- Use hand sanitiser before and after touching surfaces
- Wipe down equipment before and after use
- Limit groups to no more than 20 people in any area (From 1 June)
- Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres apart (1 person per 4 sqm)
Council Managed and Controlled Caravan Parks and Bush Camping
Following recent advice received from SA Government, regional travel is encouraged again from Monday 11th May 2020 – as such, Council’s controlled and managed Caravan Parks and bush camping will be opened again.
Council controlled and managed Caravan Parks are:-
- Black Point Camping Ground
- Marion Bay Caravan Park
- Point Turton Caravan Park
- Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park
- Yorketown Caravan Park
Council’s bush camping locations will be opened effective Monday 11th May. The ability to purchase new permits will be available from this point forward – refer to Council’s on-line permit system. Those who have previously purchased monthly and annual permits will also be reinstated effective Monday 11 May, 2020.
Alternatively, please call Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 1800 202 445 for more information.
If you are planning to travel to our region, please remember:
- Any single room or area may have a maximum of 20 people, or a maximum of 80 people for the entire venue (From 1 June);
- Maintain 1.5m social distancing (1 person per 4 sqm);
- If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please stay home until you are well;
- Wash your hands often, wipe down touched surfaces and cover your coughs and sneezes; and
- If you are a vulnerable person (i.e. elderly of have chronic health conditions), consult your doctor before planning to travel.
Council Meeting Live Stream
Due to COVID-19 restrictions for public gatherings, Council Meetings will now be conducted online. For more information click here.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has placed limits on organised gatherings and visits.
The recommended limitations include:
- Weddings with a maximum attendance of 10 people, with the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied;
- Funerals attended by a maximum of 50 people inside, with 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied (From 1 June);
- Meetings or conferences for critical workforce members, such as healthcare professionals and emergency services
- Stay at home, unless shopping for essentials or travelling to and from work (where you cannot work from home), going to school and exercising
- Keep visitors to your home at a minimum
- In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, all Yorke Peninsula Library Services will operate with reduced hours with the appropriate precautionary measures in place.
These operating hours are subject to change, please contact your Library here for specific details.
Visitor Information Services:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions many of the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Outlets are either closed, or are open with reduced services. These restrictions have been put in place to not only protect the community but also the volunteers within these establishments.
Please forward your Visitor Information enquiries to 1800 202 445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waste Transfer Stations
Due to the developing and ever-changing situation in relation to COVID-19 users of Council’s Waste Transfer Stations are now required to remain in their vehicle at the site office, unless otherwise directed by the site manager. In addition, users are required to pay by EFTPOS wherever possible.
COVID-19 Facts and Other Environmental Health Updates
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from:
General community information and advice on COVID-19 visit SA Health
Whilst restrictions are easing for various businesses sectors, those who were required to close as part of COVID-19 restrictions must create a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen. Completing and implementing your Plan is the best way to ensure your business is compliant and COVID-safe for your staff and patrons.
Please ensure you visit the SA Health website for the most up to date information on restrictions relating to businesses, organisations, activities, events and gatherings in South Australia.
Are you a local business suffering economic difficulty during the COVID-19 crisis? Consider moving your shop online by registering with Yorke Peninsula Shopping
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Please continue to support our local businesses during this difficult time.
Government Support for COVID-19 Recovery
Federal, State and Territory Governments across Australia have announced a range of programs and initiatives to support COVID-19 recovery.
A full list of support programs from the Australian Government for businesses is available from Treasury’s website.