Services, Events and Programs Update

1st June 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 Federal Government has called upon all Australians to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians, advising that Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, 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.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge is currently reviewing its operations to ensure that essential services are provided to the community.  Following the direction of the Federal Government and the South Australian Government, services at the following premises and facilities have been altered.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CENTRE ACCESS HOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS.

The operations and mode of access to Council's principal office, the Local Government Centre at 2 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, will be amended from Tuesday 19 May 2020.  The doors will now be open from 8:30am to 4.:45pm.

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 advised to observe, social distancing (1.5 metres rule)

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

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

There remains a preference for enquiries to be made via phone or email and payments to be made electronically

As there have been consistently low levels of Covid-19 positive cases reported over the past few weeks the Rural City of Murray Bridge Chief Executive Officer on the advice of Lerwin management and the Covid-19 Incident Response Team, have determined that  restrictions at Lerwin Aged Care Facility be eased as of Thursday 7 May, 2020.

The following conditions will be 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 that are 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

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.

Businesses looking for advice and assistance as a result of COVID-19. A series of schemes and initiatives are available:

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 in its community who may be experiencing financial hardship. To facilitate this, Council is reviewing its policies, processes and support to those experiencing financial hardship.

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

For Residents                 Application Form

For Business                  Application Form

For Community Groups 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.

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.

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.

Community Immunisation Services will be delivered as planned on 7 April 2020.

PLEASE NOTE change of location to the Local Government Centre 2 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge.

The JP Services at Council's locations are on hold from the 25 March 2020 until further notice.

LIBRARY

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 re-open the Library on Wednesday 13 May at 10 am with modified service delivery.  The resumption of library services will be dependent upon us putting things in place to ensure the safety of our community and staff when we open our doors.

Digital library services such as e-books, e-audiobooks, digital magazines, video tutorials and databases continue to be available any time, seven days a week

Click and Collect service will continue to be available weekdays between 9am and 5pm

Library will be open to the public weekdays between 10am and 4pm, restricted to twenty (20) visitors onsite at one time.  Your Library card or other identification will be required prior to entry as we are required to keep a log of all attendances

The focus of Library visits during phase one is on selection of materials for borrowing. Visitors are encouraged to keep their visit to 30 minutes or less

One express 15-minute PC will be available for checking emails and self-serve printing as needed (Library Card required)

Self-serve photocopying services are also available (Library card required).  Correct change will also be necessary as library staff will be unable to handle cash

Library staff will be unable to directly assist due to social distancing requirements

Reading areas, study areas, newspapers and Toy Library will be unavailable during phase one.

You can reserve items from the Murray Bridge Library at https://onecard.network/client/en_AU/murraybridge/
or call us on 8539 1175

Alternatively email library@murraybridge.sa.gov.au

  • You will receive a notification when your item/s are available.
  • Call us to arrange a collection time.
  • Items to be collected from the car park entrance

Please be patient as we implement this new way of serving you.

In accordance with State or Federal Government declarations as they apply to public facilities and services the following Library-based events have been postponed.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Financial Information Services - Understanding Retirement Income Streams

30 March

Cultural Day

15 April

Paul Rutter Draws, Illustrator Workshop: Session 1 and

21 April

Mother’s Day Craft

24 April

Financial Information Services - Aged Care - Fees and Charges

11 May

Sunday Sessions

March April and May

Author Events

March April and May

We will contact you as soon as we are able to arrange alternative times or refund arrangements as necessary.

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.

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

TOWN HALL

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.

In accordance with State or Federal Government declarations as they apply to public facilities and services all programs and events have been suspended until the end of May 2020.  This  includes:

  • ‘OOTS’ Matinee events March, April and May
  • Hallmark Jewellers
  • Murraylands Partnership Performance Review
  • Sweet as Swing Cabaret Shows
  • Red Cross First Aid Training
  • Mr Snotbottom – School Holidays Show
  • State Theatre Company performance (Schools)
  • Amity Dry 39 Forever performance
  • Fostering Integration Workshop

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.

This page will be updated on a regular basis.