Councils update on the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 27 May 2020
- KI Council Office to RE-OPEN 12/05/2020
- KI Library to RE-OPEN 11/05/2020
- Outdoor dining - Step 1 Fact sheet 11/05/2020
- Playgrounds & Skate Parks to RE-OPEN 06/05/2020
- Australian Government Department of Health: Download the new COVIDSafe APP 29/04/2020
- Media Release: Message from Mayor Michael Pengilly 23/04/2020
- Playgrounds, Skate Parks & Council Campgrounds CLOSED 30/03/2020
- Media Release: Access to Kangaroo Island 25/03/2020
- Office Closure: Notice 24/03/2020
- Letter to Food Businesses on KI 24/03/2020
- Media Release: COVID-19 16/03/2020
Council will continue to provide services to the community however, in light of health, welfare and safety concerns, Council is implementing measures which will result in some changes to the way we deliver our services to enable business continuity.
The Council building, public amenities in Dauncey Street, including the Library and Council depot, will be closed to the public. However, the Library will be operating as a reduced service. Library items can be ordered online or over the phone and collected as advised. Contact our Library Ofﬁcer on 8553 4516 to make arrangements.
All library programs such as the Holiday Program and Storytime have had to be cancelled.
Payments can be made online, by email or over the phone. If you MUST make a payment in person, please contact Customer Service ﬁrst. Similarly, any other essential meetings which must be held in person with other Council ofﬁcers, please contact the ofﬁcer as you normally would, or contact Customer Service on 8553 4500 to make arrangements.
You will also continue to see our outdoor crews at work, attending to urgent matters and the day to day repairs and maintenance across the island. For urgent requests please contact Customer Service on 8553 4500 or email email@example.com
Most public amenities will remain open but people are encouraged to spray seating or wipe with sanitisers before use.
All further developments will be communicated via Council’s website, Facebook page and Council Matters (advertised in The Islander.)
TOGETHER WE CAN HELP STOP THE SPREAD
SA Health advise 6 simple steps to protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus (COVID-19).
While there is no vaccine currently available for coronavirus, there are simple ways we can all stop it from spreading.
- Keep your distance (1.5metres) from others where you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay home from work and school if you are unwell. Don’t go shopping or use public transport until you feel better.
- Wash your hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose and handling used tissues.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. And don’t handle food unless you have washed your hands.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces like bathroom sinks and kitchen counters.
Testing clinic (COVID-19) on Kangaroo Island
Please do not attend the testing clinic until advised to do so by the KI Medical Clinic or staff at the Hospital. If you are concerned that you may need testing for COVID-19, please phone the clinic on 8553 2037 during business hours or call the Hospital on 8553 4200 outside of business hours.
You will be asked some screening questions and then advised about what to do next, including car parking instructions. If you are asked to attend the testing clinic, please follow prompts to the isolation area. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE HOSPITAL
For the latest information please visit:
Australian Government Department of Health
health.gov.au or Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.
World Health Organisation
SA Police - Advice to Essential Travellers
Or call the 24/7 COVID-19 Triage hotline on: 1800 020 080
Message from the Senator Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Quick Links to Government Support for Businesses and households impacted by COVID-19
- Business.gov.au support link ph: 13 28 46 or email business.gov.au/Email-us
- Small or medium business with reduced cash flow? Here’s what we’re doing to boost your cash flow.
- Is your business financially distressed? This is what we’re doing to support you.
- Assisting the economic recovery: Here’s how we’ll support you to grow.
- Employ an apprentice or trainee? This support is for you.
- Are you a sole trader that has lost business? This is what we’re doing to support you and your business.
- Household finances hit by reduced work? Here’s what we’re doing to help support your family budget.
- Payments to support households.
- Assistance for Sole Traders
- Early release of superannuation
- Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
- $1.3 billion measure Supporting Apprentices and Trainees: Employers of apprentices and trainees who employ less than 20 full-time staff can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent, of up to $7,000 per quarter, for each trainee or apprentice they employ. This applies to trainee and apprentice wages paid for the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee.
- Supporting Small Business to Get to the Other Side with Loans: Government's release,
Reserve Bank's release.
- Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Support Emergency Support Info line Ph: 1800 806 218.
- Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off
- Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million can, until 30 June 2021, deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost.
- Support for Coronavirus affected regions and communities
- Jobkeeper Payment - Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:
- their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
- their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
- the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: ato.gov.au
For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: treasury.gov.au
For Employers Factsheet visit: treasury.gov.au Employees Factsheet: treasury.gov.au
To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: pm.gov.au
For more information on the payments you can read Minister Robert’s media release: minister.servicesaustralia.gov.au
Update tighter social distancing measures enacted - Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.
- Prime Minister's Media Statement: pm.gov.au
- Along with these measures Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering these States or Territory must self-isolate for 14 days. Please go here to find out more from the respective State or Territory: australia.gov.au
- For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities that can be found here: dese.gov.au.
Ensuring continued access to medicines during COVID-19
The Australian Government has approved a number of temporary changes to medicines regulation to ensure Australians can continue to access the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines they need, as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. We are also closely monitoring the impact of the pandemic on the supply of medicines, especially those manufactured overseas, so we can take early action to address any potential supply interruptions. New temporary measures will improve access to medicines, reduce the burden on GPs and support social distancing and self-isolation.
- Continued dispensing arrangements for the ongoing supply PBS subsidised medicines without a prescription will be extended to 30 June 2020.
- A home delivery service for PBS and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) medicines is now in place.
- Ongoing work with pharmacists, GPs and the States and Territories to allow medicine substitution by the pharmacist in the event of a shortage.
- Restrictions on the quantity of medicines that can be purchased to prevent unnecessary medicine stockpiling.These temporary changes will ensure Australians can access the medicines they need throughout the coronavirus outbreak. For more information you can go here: health.gov.au
COVID-19 Business Support & Resources
- Regional Development Australia - Adelaide Hills Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island
- Regional Development Australia - Grants and Funding
- Regional Development Australia - Funding eligibility
- Regional Development Australia - Government Programs
- Department of Treasury & Finance - $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses
As part of the Jobs Rescue Package, the Government is also providing the following support to businesses and households:
- Revenue SA - Payroll Tax Relief
- Revenue SA - Land Tax Package
- Revenue SA - Job Accelerator Grants
- Consumer and Business Services - Liquor licence holders
- SA Government - Cost of Living Concessions
- Funding Centre - Not-for-profit Organisations & Community Groups
- Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan
Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) - Update
The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority provides essential Kerbside Waste Collection and Waste and Recycling Depot services to the community. FRWA have put a number of procedures in place to ensure that we can continue to provide these services throughout this time.
Our kerbside collection services continue as normal and our KI Resource & Recovery Centre remains open (Everyday from 9.30am to 4.30pm), but we encourage the community to only visit if needed and observe social distancing procedures.
We are no longer accepting cash payment at any of our sites; payment may be made by card or via an existing customer account only.
Please contact our customer service area between 8:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 8555 7405 or visit fleurieuregionalwasteauthority.com.au for regular updates on our services.