Yorke Peninsula Council is taking immediate action to protect community, staff and essential services as part of its Coronavirus (COVID-19) response plan. The response plan aims to slow the spread of the virus within the Council workforce and within the Yorke Peninsula Council community and as such Council has already implemented some cautionary steps to ensure we meet our duty of care obligations.
The health and safety of our staff, customers and broader community are our highest priority and Council will continue to implement various proactive measures as new advice from the Australian Government is received.
Yorke Peninsula Council’s response includes:
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org instead of delivering or posting.
If you must attend our Council Offices, we kindly request you 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).
In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 24th March 2020, the following services are temporarily closed/restricted:
- YP Leisure Options (ceasing 3rd April 2020)
- Depot and Community Libraries
- Justice of the Peace services
- Yorke Peninsula Council Bush Camping (restricted)
- Yorke Peninsula Council Caravan Parks (part closure only)
- All Council Institutes and Halls are closed and are no longer available for hire
- Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks
- Public swimming pools are closed. These include:
- Edithburgh Tidal Pool
- Port Clinton Pool
- Highview Holiday Village
- Maitland School
- Stansbury Hotel Motel
- Oyster Court Motel
- Stacey’s Swim School
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.
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 5 people, with the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied
- Funerals attended by a maximum of 10 people, with 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied
- 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
- Boot camps or personal training operating outside are limited to no more than 10 people, with 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied
- Keep visitors to your home at a minimum
- In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups
In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 24th March 2020, all Community Library activities across Australia have ceased, this includes all Yorke Peninsula library services.
Please note the following activities will cease immediately;
- All Depot and Community Library outlets will close
- Click and Collect services will cease immediately
- Home delivery services will cease immediately
- Should you wish to return any current loans, please do so prior to close of business today
We ask that you stay home and do not travel unnecessarily.
Yorke Peninsula Council Bush Camping Permits
In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 24th March 2020, and the restrictions around non-essential domestic travel, Yorke Peninsula Council Bush Camping, is now restricted.
As a result, all of our bush camps will be restricted to;
- A small minority that may be classed as ‘essential travel’. Vehicles must be self-contained with own toilet and shower facilities
Camper trailers, roof-top tents, tents and the like will not be permitted.
All that have upcoming permits have been contacted to advise of the options going forward. Further information for current permit holders can be found on the Bush Camping Permit page.
For those currently out there camping, you are encouraged to return to your homes. Council will be in contact to advise of options regarding your remaining days on your permit.
If you have purchased a Bush Camping Permit and are now unable to attend due to the COVID-19 crisis, Yorke Peninsula Council will be offering the opportunity to postpone your visit to another date over the next 12 months. If you are unable to revisit the beautiful Yorke Peninsula, we can also issue a refund on your permit.
Please call Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 1800 202 445 for more information.
Yorke Peninsula Council Holiday Parks
Council’s Caravan Parks are monitoring the COVID-19 situation constantly and under recommendations from SA Health, we as a business have implemented a number of additional processes and policies to ensure that the risk of contamination is minimised as much as possible to protect our guests and employees.
We understand that you may be nervous about travelling or your upcoming stay with us, however, please rest assured, we are taking every precaution to keep you safe. Hygiene and cleanliness is always a priority across every aspect of our caravan parks and we ask that our patrons also exercise sensible judgement.
In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 24th March 2020, and the restrictions around non-essential domestic travel, Yorke Peninsula Council Holiday Parks, have had to make some extremely difficult decisions with regard to the provision of services throughout this difficult period.
As per the Government guidelines – ‘essential travel’ is described as per the following;
- Necessary activities for work purposes
- Essential accommodation while stopping at one location during a current road trip
- Travel on compassionate grounds, and
- Travel required to return to your place of residence
For guests who are needing to stay with us over the coming weeks and months, we will be supporting and encouraging self-distancing and hygiene measures, so you and your travelling companion/s remain safe, and protect the safety of others.
As a result, all of our parks will be taking the following measures;
- Our Yorke Peninsula Council Holiday Parks will remain open to provide an ‘essential’ service to those in need. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, park guests and the wider community, while at the same time committing to the needs of those that require our ‘essential’ services.
- All bookings and payments will be taken over the phone
- We will pre-arrange a self-check in for you
- All ‘essential travel’ vehicles must be self-contained with own cooking, toilet and shower facilities
- Camper trailers, roof-top tents, tents and the like will not be permitted and guests will be referred to a self-contained cabin
- Camp Kitchens will be closing for the foreseeable future, however, all outdoor BBQ’s will remain open
- All that have upcoming bookings will be contacted via email to advise of the options going forward
- Park Managers will continue to update patrons via social pages and email as the situation evolves
For those of you who have a non-essential booking within the next 60 days, please contact the park directly (via email) to discuss your options. There will be 2 options provided;
- A full credit toward a future booking will be issued OR
- A full refund of monies paid.
In response to the growing concerns around COVID-19 and the risk of cross contamination, the Public Toilets that are co-located within the Point Turton Caravan Park will be closed for public use and the public will be referred to the facilities located at the Point Turton Playground.
We thank you for your understanding and assistance in attempting to reduce the spread of this virus.
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
Due to the challenges people are facing due to the shortages of toilet paper, people may resort to bathroom alternatives. Only bodily wastes and toilet paper are designed to enter the wastewater system. Such alternatives are problematic, not designed to break down and may create blockages. These alternatives include:
- Paper towels
- Wet wipes
- Baby wipes
Please ensure if you are using alternatives that you place them in the bin and empty them into an outdoor bin regularly.
Additionally, please only purchase as much toilet paper as you need, diarrhoea is a rare symptom of COVID-19. Therefore, stockpiling toilet paper is unnecessary.
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