Emergency Management

25 March 2020

As Australian governments continue to work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus, new restrictions and social distancing measures are being put in place, continuing to change the way we live, interact and do business. The situation is changing rapidly and while this update provides information on measures announced earlier this week and last night, by tomorrow morning some of what we know today may have already been overtaken by further changes overnight.

To find the most up-to-date information on the situation, current social distancing measures, and support available, please head to www.australia.gov.au.

You will also find a link to a symptom checker on this site.

Council services

The situation continues to evolve as the virus continues to spread and its impact increases. At an operational level, we have implemented several new health and safety measures.

Our offices

Remain open to the public during normal business hours but we ask everyone to follow the directions from the Department of Health about self-isolation, hygiene and social distancing.

Please do not visit our offices if you have returned from overseas or interstate within the last 14 days, have been in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, or are feeling unwell.

It will take a whole of community effort to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of infection to manageable levels. With this in mind, please also consider whether a face-to-face visit to our offices is necessary or whether we can assist you by other means:

You can find information on our website, www.tatiara.sa.gov.au and we are available on the phone, 08 8752 1044, by email office@tatiara.sa.gov.au or through Facebook Messenger during business hours.


In accordance with the Australian Government’s directions, all libraries will be closed from tonight, until further notice.

Our online services remain available at https://onecard.network/client/en_AU/bordertown, through the Libraries SA App or the Libby App. Please call us at the library if we can help you navigate these.

We are exploring other options, including click and collect. Further information regarding these and other services will be available by calling the library on 08 8752 1473 or by emailing library@tatiara.sa.gov.au.

Visitor Information Services

On weekends have been suspended.

The Walkway Gallery and Clayton Farm

Will be closed in accordance with Federal Government directions from 5pm today, until further notice.

Kerbside Bin Collection

Will continue as normal.

Waste Transfer Stations

Council’s Waste Transfer Stations will continue to operate regular hours. Council staff will, however, not be able to assist with unloading waste/recycling from vehicles. Please observe social distancing and good hygiene practices.


Council’s cemeteries will remain open. Please observe social distancing principles. Please also note that in accordance with the Australian Government’s directions, funerals can only be attended by a maximum of 10 people, and the rule of 1 person/ 4 m2 applies.

Bordertown Civic Centre, Keith Institute, public halls, sporting venues

In accordance with social distancing directions, all community facilities are now closed to the public, until further notice.

Public Conveniences

Council’s public conveniences will remain open at this stage.

Council Meetings

The April Council Meeting, scheduled to be held in the Bordertown Council Chamber on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 5pm, may be supported by video conferencing.


We have increased the frequency of cleaning at our public facilities that remain open.

Business Support

You can find information on Australian Government business support at www.business.gov.au and by calling the Business Contact Centre’s COVID-19 team, available from 7am-9pm across Australia, 7 days a week, on 13 28 46.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through these changes and challenging times.

Please stay safe, be kind and look out for each other.

Graham Excell                                                   Anne Champness

Mayor                                                                 CEO

More information

For the latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia, head to www.australia.gov.au.

For the latest health information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

South Australian Government Department of Health: ph. 1300 232 272

If you have concerns about your health, please speak to your doctor.


In the event of an accident where a serious or life threatening injury has occurred, contact 000 in the first instance.

An emergency incident can occur at any time, usually with little or no warning, causing major interruption and often causing threatening situations in the community. Tatiara District Council is committed to ensuring it has a safe and resilient community.

Whilst Council is not the lead agency to respond to any emergency, we have a support role for a range of natural emergencies such as bushfires, floods and severe storms.



Phone Number

SA CFS Bushfire Line

Bushfire Information Hotline

1300 362 361

SA Police

For non urgent police assistance

131 444

SA Water Service Problems

Service problems

1300 883 121

SA State Emergency Service

For floor and storm response            (24 hours)

132 500

SA Power Networks

Power failures and emergencies     (24 hours)

13 13 66

Official Emergency Broadcaster

ABC Local Radio is the official emergency broadcaster. ABC aims to tell you what the emergency is, where it’s located, and where you can find more information.

The ABC works with emergency agencies to deliver warnings, alerts, information and news about disasters and emergencies on TV, Radio, on line and on mobile.

For more information click the picture below:

Limestone Coast Public Zone Emergency Management Plan

The Limestone Coast Public Zone Emergency Management Plan can be viewed here.

ABOUT THE PLAN: Across South Australia, there are a range of hazards including natural disasters such as bushfires, storms, heatwaves and floods that can have significant effects on peoples’ health and wellbeing, along with severe impacts on community, social, environmental and economic structures.

This is a concise summary of the Limestone Coast Zone Emergency Management Plan (ZEMP) which provides information on natural disasters and hazards identified as having a specific relationship to the Limestone Coast Zone.

Information and Resources

Alert SA App


The Alert SA App provides South Australians timely, relevant bushfire information this summer. Download Alert SA on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today. For more information, visit www.alert.sa.gov.au.

#AlertSA #bushfires #bushfirewarnings

Emergencies and Safety Website


South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS)


State Emergency Service (SES)