COVID-19

19th March 2020
Due to the evolving measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please find below a range of Town of Gawler updates relating to Council Facilities, Programming, Business and Community Information.

Covid-19

UPDATES...

Are you feeling concerned and vulnerable and not sure what to do right now?

We have a new Council program to support you called Community Connect.

The aim of this program is to provide information and connection to our community, in particular to elderly and vulnerable people who may find themselves socially disconnected during these uncertain times.

For all the information contact:

Phone 08 8522 9295

Email communityconnect@gawler.sa.gov.au

Web gawler.sa.gov/communityconnect

Supporting Business – COVID-19 update

The latest COVID-19 update from the Government of South Australia...

REVISING BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS:

Thanks to your cooperation adhering to social distancing measures, and an impressive testing regime, South Australia may soon be in a position to scale down some of the business restrictions in place.

A Transition Committee has been established to see South Australia recover from the public health emergency and reboot the economy. First priorities of the Committee, which includes Professor Nicola Spurrier and Commissioner Grant Stevens, are facilitating the safe return of funeral services and allowing travel to regional South Australia.

A reminder that the best action you can take to keep our community safe as restrictions ease is to download the COVIDSafe App.

EMERGENCY CASH GRANTS BEGIN TO FLOW:

South Australian small businesses and not-for-profits affected by COVID-19 who have successfully applied for a $10,000 emergency cash grant will begin to receive the payment from this week.

Applications for the grant close on June 1, 2020.

For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply, visit the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

ADELAIDE FRINGE QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS:

Thanks to a new partnership with the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, Adelaide Fringe has opened a Quick Response Grant to assist South Australian artists and producers impacted by COVID-19; helping them continue to create and connect with audiences in new and different ways.

A total of $50,000 will be distributed into approximately 30 grants ranging from $1500 - $2000.

Quick Response Grant applications close Sunday 10 May 2020. Apply here.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WEBINARS:

There are so many brilliant ways to stay connected, informed and educated during this time, so visit the Supporting Business in SA page for further details.

OTHER RESOURCES:

Safe Work Australia have developed a search tool to help you find COVID-19 workplace safety information specific to your role and industry.

Deferral of Rates Application due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Council is aware of the significant financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our community, and stands ready to assist those in our community who have been affected.

In direct response to the adverse financial impact being experienced by many in the Gawler community as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Gawler has now introduced a suite of financial relief measures to affected ratepayers.

If you are a ratepayer that has become unemployed or underemployed, or if you are a business that is in financial hardship, you can now apply to have your rates payments deferred, without financial penalty, for 6 months.

The Council will also not be applying any non-payment fines and interest against any ratepayer during this 6 month period expiring at the end of September 2020.

Application forms for the six month deferral of rates can be downloaded HERE, completed and emailed to council@gawler.sa.gov.au.

Barossa Valley COVID-19 cluster

Information issued for people who live in, or have travelled through, Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley since Saturday, March 14 2020.

View a map of the affected area

SA Health is requesting these people to access testing for COVID-19 IF you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

There is a testing clinic at Tanunda War Memorial Hospital (open from Monday 30 March 2020).

If you do not have symptoms, you do not need testing, and you will not be tested.

A number of linked COVID-19 cases have been identified in people who have been to Angaston, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Williamstown. SA Health is continuing to monitor, identify and quarantine people who may have been exposed. Identified people will be contacted as soon as possible. It is important for everyone to implement social distancing.

Travel in or out of these towns should be significantly limited.

Further information can be found here: https://www.sa.gov.au/covid-19/latest-updates/barossa-valley-covid-19-cluster.

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus in the wider community, the Evanston Gardens Library is now closed until further notice.

Gawler Civic Centre Library

This remains open at this time, however we are maintaining social distancing, observing increased hygiene practices, and are increasing the cleaning of our areas. All library programs have also been suspended until further notice.

To assist members of our community who are impacted by the closure of Evanston Gardens, the Library is implementing:
1. A “call and collect” service at Evanston Gardens, so borrowers can still collect their holds
2. Increased promotion of our existing online resources (eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks etc.)
3. Expansion of our Home Visits service
4. Online programming

The “call and collect” service will be available this week, stay tuned for more details.

Gawler Sport & Community Centre

Will close from Midday today, Monday 23 March. This facility closure will result in the cancellation of all bookings and programs operating from the centre, with the exclusion of the Town of Gawler Immunisation program. The next Immunisation Clinic will be delivered tomorrow morning between 9.30 and 11am with strict adherence to physical distancing requirements to ensure those attending and operating the clinic are safe.

Council will provide communication regarding future Immunisation Clinics as it is available.

Gawler Aquatic Centre

Will remain open this week, with the end of the 2019/20 having been brought forward to Friday 27 March. All programs delivered at the facility – Learn To Swim, Aquaerobics, Department of Education Water Safety – have been cancelled, with the centre remaining available for lap and recreation swimming only.

All facility users are encouraged to limit their use of the indoor facility spaces such as change rooms and utilise the outdoor shower at the centre prior to and after their swimming activities.

NON ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS CANCELLED

Given the health risks involved in public gatherings and to ensure the safety of our staff and community, the following range of non-essential programs have been cancelled until further notice:
* Town of Gawler Ageing & Disability Expo 2020
* Relay for Life
* Tri-Five Classics (Car show)
* Caravan and Camping Swap Meet

It is also noted that the RSL Gawler Sub-Branch has cancelled all ANZAC Day Commemorations in Gawler for 2020.

Currently there is a ban on non-essential gatherings of 100 or more people indoors which include Council Programs. In the interest of protecting all concerned, it is advised that the following non-essential programs have also been cancelled until further notice.
* Youth Programs
* Gawler Sport and Community Centre Skating Programs and Council delivered Gentle Fitness Programs
* Library Programs including Story Time
* Gawler Civic Centre Programs

The Gawler Visitor Information Centre will also be closed until further notice and its programs (including walking tours) have also been suspended.

Council Staff will contact anyone who has booked to attend any of the cancelled programs over the coming days and refunds will be provided where applicable.

OPEN SUBJECT TO FURTHER ADVICE

The following Council operated facilities will remain open subject to further advice from authorities as the situation changes:

* Gawler Administration Centre – including Customer Service
* Gawler Civic Centre – including Library Service
* Evanston Gardens Library
* Paxton Street Operations Depot

In relation to Council Leased facilities these tenants are required to comply with any Federal or state department of Health directive.

Please visit the World Health Organisation website for all the latest information regarding COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

As the independent and local voice for the entire South Australian business community, we are here to support you through these unprecedented times.

Our Business Advice Hotline and Workplace Relations Consulting team at Business SA have been inundated by concerned members and business owners looking for answers over the past week.

Preparation and planning are keys to business resilience, and we have mobilised a range of initiatives to help you survive this event – and ultimately thrive.

Our absolute priority right now is ensuring we can help as many businesses as possible to keep people in jobs. If we can keep people in jobs, our economy can rebound quicker.

Business SA has partnered with the Small Business Commissioner to help SMEs navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic, take practical actions and build strategies to become more resilient against current and future threats to their businesses and marketplace. To register your interest, click here. 

We are here to help you navigate through uncertain times. We will get through this together.

Stay strong.

Regards,
Martin

For more information visit:http://links.business-sa.com/

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