Services, Events and Programs Update

21st October 2020
The Rural City of Murray Bridge response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been and will continue to be informed by advice from Federal and State Government Agencies and the expert advice of relevant peak bodies including the LGA, Local Government Risk Services and Aged & Community Services Australia.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in South Australia, please visit the SA Government website.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge is currently reviewing its operations to ensure that essential community services are provided to the community.

Following the direction of the Federal Government and the South Australian Government direction, the following services at the following premises and facilities have been altered.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CENTRE ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS.

The doors to Council’s principal office, the Local Government Centre at 2 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, are open from 8:30am to 4.:45pm Monday to Friday.

Conditions apply to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Visitors should not enter if they:

  • exhibit any symptoms indicative of COVID-19
  • have any known contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19

The number of people on site will be limited to 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 2 patrons on site at any one time (excluding staff)

All patrons will be encouraged to observe, social distancing (1.5 metres rule)

Patrons are  encouraged to maintain good hygiene and use hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving

A cleaning regime is in place to ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises.

The following conditions are in place to manage visiting in a safe and controlled manner in accordance with the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3) (COVID-19) Directions 2020, under Section 25 of the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA):

  • One visit per day for each resident
  • Up to 2 people for that one visit
  • Up to 30 minutes for that one visit
  • Between the times:
    • Monday – Friday 11am-2pm
    • Saturday & Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • All visitors will be required to provide proof they have had the 2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge remains committed to providing ongoing essential services and community services delivered through rates income. For this reason, it is important that Council continues its administration of the rating system and associated systems and processes.

Council understands that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some businesses and residential ratepayers may be in changing financial circumstances. Council has information available to support ratepayers in changing circumstances.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge has a Rates Financial Hardship Policy which can be found here

Further information regarding Council rates including provisions for Seniors can be found here

Persons experiencing hardship or that seek further guidance may seek assistance from Council. These requests should be made using this form and forward to:

Senior Rates Officer
The Rural City of Murray Bridge
PO Box 421 Murray Bridge SA 5253

or

rates@murraybridge.sa.gov.au

Visit the South Australian Tourism Commission's support page for the tourism and hospitality industry can be found here.

Federal Government support is available through the Treasury website, and State Government support is available through the SA Government COVID-19 Portal.

A series of schemes and initiatives are available for businesses looking for advice and assistance as a result of COVID-19 at business.gov.au

This web page is the key source of information on Commonwealth Government support for businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. It is updated as soon as possible after new information is made available.

Business Contact Centre – 13 28 46

The business contact centre service has been expanded with a dedicated COVID-19 team, available from 7am-9pm across Australia, 7 days a week. Call 13 28 46.

Small business videos

The Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman has released a series of videos to provide guidance to small businesses and sole traders, including:

Tax support

The Australian Taxation Office is providing relief for some tax obligations for businesses affected by the outbreak, on a case-by-case basis. The ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline for businesses can be contacted on 1800 806 218.

Business posters

The Department of Health has developed a series of posters that can be used by businesses to advise of changes due to Coronavirus. They are downloadable and some are able to be customised:

Council understands that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some businesses and residential ratepayers may be in changing financial circumstances and that this is a challenging time for some in our community.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge is committed to continuing ongoing services to its community while also supporting those who may be experiencing financial hardship. To facilitate this, Council is reviewing its policies, processes and support to those experiencing financial hardship. You can view the Council's COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy here.

Council has created a single point of contact to help members of our community navigate the support options available through Commonwealth and State Government Support Programs, Not for Profit organisations and Council.

Individuals or businesses that require assistance due to financial hardship, should contact Vicki on 8539 1100 or complete one of the following forms

Residents Application Form

Business Application Form

Community Application Form

and  email to council@murraybridge.sa.gov.au

or post to Rural City of Murray Bridge, PO Box 421, MURRAY BRIDGE  SA  5253

Other information for residents, ratepayers and businesses.

BRINKLEY REUSE CENTRE ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS.

Following the State Government Public Activities Direction - Operations at the Brinkley ReUse Centre, 527 Brinkley Road, Brinkley, will recommence from Tuesday June 2nd 2020.  The Centre will now be open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Conditions apply to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Please adhere to COVID-19 distancing requirements

Please follow our friendly staff’s directions.

The number of people on site will be limited to 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 10 patrons on site at any one time (excluding staff)

All patrons will be advised to observe social distancing (1.5 metres rule)Records will be kept of all attendees at the site should future contact tracing be required.

A cleaning regime will be introduced to ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises

Council continues to review the delivery of services from this premises. From 6pm on 25 March 2020, this site is closed to the public until further notice.

The Commonwealth Home Support Program will continue to provide essential well-being services.  However, all non-essential services will be suspended.

Community Care services will be limited to the following for existing clients:

  • Essential transport and social support (for food shopping and medical appointments)
  • Essential respite care
  • Domestic assistance

Non-essential services will be suspended during this period including:

  • Social Support – Group
  • Non-essential Social Support – Individual
  • Non-essential Social Transport
  • Home Maintenance
  • Home Modification

EVENTS

In accordance with State or Federal Government declarations as they apply to public facilities, services or events the following events have been cancelled or postponed.

Event

Location

Date

Status

Parkrun Murray Bridge

Sturt Reserve

Every Saturday

Postponed until further notice

Murray Bridge Speedway

Murray Bridge Speed way

Remainder Season

Cancelled

Adventurethon

Sturt Reserve/Monarto Safari Park/Kinchina Conservation Park

28-29 March

Postponed

Murray Bridge Golf Pro Am

Murray Bridge Golf Club

31 March-2 April

Postponed

Skate Park League

Sturt Reserve- Skatepark

4 April

Cancelled

SA Psychic & Wellness Expo, Car and Bike Show

Murray Bridge Racing Club

5 April

Postponed

Murray Bridge Triathlon

Sturt Reserve

5 April

Postponed

Palm Sunday Community Service & Picnic

Wharf Precinct

5 April

Cancelled

Combined Church Dawn Service

Sturt Reserve

12 April

Cancelled

Deadly Fun Run

Sturt Reserve

19 April

Cancelled

Murray Bridge RSL ANZAC Day

Sturt Reserve

25 April

Cancelled

ANZAC Day Darts Competition

Murray Bridge Darts Club

25 April

Cancelled

Murraylands Multicultural Harmony Festival

Sturt Reserve

26 April

Postponed

Deadly Fun Run

Sturt Reserve

31 May

Cancelled

Sailability

Sturt Reserve

Last Saturday of the month

Cancelled until further notice

Residents are welcome to make use of The Rural City of Murray Bridge Dog Parks for exercise with their canine friends, but are advised to follow social distancing protocols in accordance with State Government protocols.  Equipment in this park is not sanitised.

Free Clinics have resumed

In partnership with Pop-Up Medics, a public drop in clinic is held between 2pm and 4pm on the first Friday of each month at the Murray Bridge Library, Level 2 Murray Bridge Marketplace, 51 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. Phone Pop-Up Medics to book on 1300 858 047.

JP services have now resumed:

Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm -4:00pm

MURRAY BRIDGE LIBRARY

From 29 June, the SA government lifted COVID-19 restrictions to Phase 3.  In this phase, libraries are allowed to open with appropriate physical distancing of 2 square metres per person.

As libraries are no longer defined as a public activity, contact tracing is no longer required.  This allows access to the library to transition back to regular opening hours over the next few weeks.

The library will continue to operate during weekdays with opening times of 9:30am to 6pm until Monday 13 July when full normal operation hours with late night Thursday to 8:00pm and weekend opening hours (Saturday 9.30am-1pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm) will apply.

Patrons will be able to use one of the three of the library’s PC’s for a maximum of two hours per day. The 15 minute express PC remains available for short sessions.

Newspapers and appropriately spaced seats, tables and study bays will be reintroduced.

Toy library, games consoles, meeting areas, events and food vending will remain closed until further notice

To keep other patrons and staff safe it is vital that you:

  • Do not attend the library if you have any symptoms of a cold or flu
  • Keep a 1.5 metre distance from others
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitiser before entering and exiting the library
  • Maintain appropriate personal hygiene practices (especially covering coughs and sneezes)

Additional cleaning will be undertaken throughout each day.

MURRAY BRIDGE REGIONAL GALLERY ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS

The Murray Bridge Gallery and Shop are now  open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Sundays 11am to 4pm,

Conditions apply to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Visitors should not enter if they:

*            exhibit any symptoms indicative of COVID-19

*            have any known contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19

The number of people on site will be limited to 1 person per 2 square metres - 20 persons in the Gallery Shop and 140 in the Gallery

Please adhere to COVID-19 social distancing requirements (1.5 metre rule).

Please maintain good hygiene and use hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving.

Please refrain from handling any items if not purchasing.

We prefer cashless payments.

Residents are advised that all parks and reserves within the Rural City of Murray Bridge remain open to ensure that opportunities for exercise remain during this period of reduced socialising. However, in accordance with State Government requirements indoor and outdoor gatherings are  limited to 10 people.

Exceptions to this limit include:

  • People of the same household going out together;
  • Funerals - a maximum of 10 people;
  • Wedding - a maximum of 5 people;
  • Family units.

In accordance with National Cabinet requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic all Outdoor Gyms are CLOSED until further notice – this includes outdoor gyms at Sturt Reserve, Christian reserve and Homburg Park.

All playgrounds are closed and boot camps are reduced to two persons, including the trainer.

In response to State Government advice all Rural City of Murray Bridge playgrounds are NOW OPEN.

Conditions apply

  • Maintain at least 1.5m between yourself & others
  • Size of gatherings  should be 10 or less at any time

All outdoor gyms are still closed and boot camps are reduced to two persons, including the trainer

In accordance with National Cabinet requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Murray Bridge Skate Park is CLOSED until further notice.

Council continues to review the delivery of services from this premises. From 6pm on 25 March 2020, this site is closed to the public until further notice.

The Premier’s announcement on Friday articulated a three phase roadmap for a COVID safe South Australia. The first step of this plan involves a number of measures including the opening of libraries and community centres.

In line with the road map The Rural City of Murray Bridge will resume modified program delivery from The Station from Wednesday 13 May

MURRAY BRIDGE TOWN HALL ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS.

Following the State Government Public Activities Direction - Operations at the Murray Bridge Town Hall at 13-17 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge, will recommence from Friday 5 June 2020.  The Town Hall will have staff available to take bookings during normal office hours, Monday to Friday.  Patrons should phone the Town Hall on 85391 430 in the first instance to talk to staff about making a booking and to arrange a face to face appointment if this is necessary.

Conditions apply to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Visitors should not enter if they:

*            exhibit any symptoms indicative of COVID-19

*            have any known contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19

The number of people on site will be limited to 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum numbers of patron at any one time in one room (excluding staff) determined by the size of the space.  This currently means:

*            the main auditorium can have a maximum of 20 people;

*            the foyer can have a maximum of 12 people; and

*            the upstairs meeting room can have a maximum of 18 people.

While these are the maximums allowed, the nature of the booking will determine the practical number allowed to maintain appropriate social distancing.  Town hall staff will work with patrons to determine this.

Please adhere to COVID-19 social distancing requirements (1.5 metre rule)

Please maintain good hygiene and use hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving

Cashless payments methods will be required.

Records will be kept of all attendees at the site should future contact tracing be required

A cleaning regime will be introduced to ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises

THE MURRAY BRIDGE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS.

Following the State Government Public Activities Direction, operations at the Murray Bridge Visitor Information Centre at 3 South Terrace, Murray Bridge, will recommence from Friday 5th June 2020.  The Centre will now be open from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm, and on Weekends and Public Holidays from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Conditions apply to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Visitors should not enter if they:

  • exhibit any symptoms indicative of COVID-19
  • have any known contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19

The number of people on site will be limited to 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 6 patrons on site at any one time (excluding staff).

Please adhere to COVID-19 social distancing requirements (1.5 metres rule).

Visitors are to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the Centre, and to maintain good hygiene.

Please refrain from handling any items if not purchasing.

We are accepting cashless payments only.

Records will be kept of all attendees at the site should future contact tracing be required.

A cleaning regime will be introduced to ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises.

This page will be updated on a regular basis.