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Coronavirus - Important Information

Last updated Monday 30 March 2020 - 23:55

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CLOSURES

PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
The Federal Government has introduced new measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 as well as placing a two-person limit for gatherings in public places.
To comply with this health directive, the City of Marion has closed the following as of Monday 30 March until further notice:

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Skate parks

Signage will be progressively posted in these locations, which will also be monitored by Council staff.
The closures add to the previously announced facilities where public access has been suspended. These include the libraries, Neighbourhood Centres, Marion Heritage Research Centre, the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Marion Cultural Centre and the Marion Outdoor Pool.

The Federal Government is asking people to stay at home unless your trip is essential.
The City of Marion will continue to monitor developments, which could change without notice, so we encourage you to refer to our website for up to date information.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 8375 6600

ADMINISTRATION CENTRE
To help protect our community and staff, the following measures have been introduced until further notice:

- No cash transactions (card only)
- Suspension of kitchen caddies and provision of bags (you can place food waste directly into the green bin)
- Enquiries must be by phone or ‘live chat’ via the website where possible

DEVELOPMENT STAFF
Face-to-face meetings between Development Services staff and customers at the Admin Centre suspended from 5pm, 25 March· Contact Development Services staff on 8375 6600 or council@marion.sa.gov.au

MARION OUTDOOR POOL
Public access to the Marion Outdoor Pool, the Marion Cultural Centre, and the Community Bus service has been suspended

STOP THE SPREAD CAMPAIGN

The South Australian Government has produced an information kit for local government, business, industry, organisations and the community.

It includes a variety of communication you can use and share, including.
· Key messages
· Stop the Spread videos
· Posters
· Social media graphics
· Other graphics (web / screensaver / TV screen / email banner)

Download and share these from www.StopTheSpread.sa.gov.au

Media Release - Thursday, 19 March 2020 - New measures to protect the community

Marion Council is introducing measures to protect the community and staff, and help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Executive Officer Adrian Skull today announced Council is suspending public access to some facilities while working to continue the delivery of important services to the community.

“I want to assure the community that we are working hard to manage this ever-changing situation,” Mr Skull said.

“We activated our Incident Management Team this week to respond to this ever-changing health emergency and we are taking advice from the LGA and State and Federal health authorities.

“Many of our services to the community will continue as normal and people will not notice any change.

“However, to protect the vulnerable people and to comply with bans of 100+ people indoors, we will be suspending public access to our libraries and Neighbourhood Centres.

“We are recommending that the suspension stay in place until we are told it is safe to re-open.

“Our main Administration building will remain open to serve the community.”

Mr Skull said staff and volunteers were being redirected to help the frail and elderly in the community.

“We will be offering frail and aged clients shopping support, delivering food and calling on them to check on their health,” he said.

Mr Skull said the Council was constantly reviewing services in light of latest health advice.

Among the changes:

Libraries, Neighbourhood Centres and other facilities

  • Three public libraries – public access suspended from 4pm Saturday, 21 March.
  • Four Neighbourhood Centres – from COB Sunday, 22 March.
  • Marion Heritage Research Centre – from Monday, 23 March.

Other services

  • Justice of the Peace services suspended
  • Social group activities for frail and aged, including exercise classes, social outings suspended
  • Offering frail and aged clients shopping support, including staff shopping for them online and volunteers delivering the food
  • Staff calling aged and frail clients to check on their health
  • Volunteers calling frail and aged clients for social chats to replace visits

Events

The following events have been cancelled:

  • Touch-a-Truck – April 22
  • Anzac Day Youth Vigil – April 24
  • Opening of new Morphettville Park Football Club facilities

Check the website for a full list of events that have been cancelled.

Council meetings

A Special Council Meeting will be held on Friday, 20 March, to discuss the response plan. We are encouraging the public not to attend. The next scheduled Council meeting is 28 April.

The health of our community, visitors, and staff is our number one priority

Our response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being guided by the latest advice from Commonwealth and State authorities.

Marion Council has suspended public access to the following facilities until we are told it is safe to re-open:

  • Three public libraries
  • Four Neighbourhood Centres
  • Marion Heritage Research Centre
  • The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
  • Marion Cultural Centre (theatre, art gallery, café, library)
    Performances at Domain Theatre cancelled until 30 April
  • Marion Outdoor Pool
  • Community Bus suspended

Staff are calling customers advising them of the change

Important Health Information

Information and national updates - Australian Government - Department of Health
Information and local updates - SA Health
Travel advice Smart Traveller

Check your symptoms Health Direct

General questions National Coronavirus Information Hotline 1800 020 080

Important Business Information

The City of Marion has taken a number of proactive steps in order to support and inform our business community.
This has included the development of a COVID-19 Business Support page to ensure the latest information regarding our services available to the community , a designated COVID-19 Open for Business e-newsletter and our Southern Business Mentoring program is now free, delivering additional consultation services as we help our business community to deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Customer Service

The Administration Centre at 245 Sturt Rd, Sturt remains open.

Please consider alternatives to visiting the centre to request a service.

Submit a request via our website: www.marion.sa.gov.au/online-services

Services you can access via Council’s website include:

  • Payments, including for rates, fines
  • Booking a hard rubbish collection
  • Lodging and tracking Development Applications
  • Ordering items from our libraries, including e-books
  • Request graffiti removal
  • Submitting feedback or a complaint
  • Dog registrations (link to Dogs and Cats online)
  • Call Customer Service on 8375 6600 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Live chat with a Customer Service team member via the website from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • Email council@marion.sa.gov.au outside hours and at weekends

The Department of Health advises:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Disposing of tissues properly
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • If you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people

Services and facilities

Development Services·

Face-to-face meetings between Development Services staff and customers at the Administration Centre will be suspended from 5pm, 25 March· Contact Development Services staff with questions on planning, building, and compliance queries on 8375 6600 or email council@marion.sa.gov.au· Updates to services will be available on this page.

JP Services - Suspended

City of Marion’s Justice of the Peace (JP) service has been suspended until further notice.
To find a JP near you visit www.sa.gov.au/topics/rights-and-law/rights-and-responsibilities/justices-of-the-peace/find-a-jp

Will neighbourhood centres, libraries and other venues be affected?

Yes, these service will be affected. The details are listed below:

Libraries

Three public libraries – public access will be suspended from 4pm Saturday, 21 March.

For the closure details of each library please visit the following links:
Marion Cultural Centre Library
Cove Civic Centre

Park Holme Library

Neighbourhood Centres

Four Neighbourhood Centres – public access will be suspended.

For the closure details of each centre please visit the following links:
Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre,
Glandore Community Centre,

Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre,

Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre

Other Centres

Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Public access has been suspended until further notice.
All tours, workshops and events been cancelled or postponed.
The decision is in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is guided by the latest advice from Federal and State authorities.

The health of our community, visitors, and staff is our number one priority.

Council is constantly reviewing services in light of the latest health advice.
The centre’s staff can still be contacted by phone on 8357 5900 or email lkccrecep@marion.sa.gov.au

Marion Heritage Research Centre
Public access will be suspended from Monday, 23 March.

Provision of ongoing services at the Heritage Research Centre
While public access to the centre has been suspended the centre will still provide enquiry services via phone or email.
Phone: 7420 6455 or email: heritage@marion.sa.gov.au

Please revisit this page for the latest information on any impacts on facilities.

I need to come in to the Administration building
  • Some services and transactions usually only take place in person
  • Where possible, please find alternatives to minimise risk to yourself and other people

Collecting a kitchen caddy or caddy bags

  • As an alternative you can wrap food scraps in newspaper and place them in the green organics bin

Making a cash or EFTPOS payment

  • Is there a relative who has a credit card who can make payment on your behalf?

Discuss a planning matter or Development Application

Disposing of items in the confidential bin

  • If you don’t have access to a shredder as an alternative, please ensure you clean your hands prior to and immediately after using the bin

Purchasing and disposing of a sharps container for syringes

  • Containers can still be purchased and disposed of at the Administration Centre.
  • Containers can also be disposed of at a number of local pharmacies

Chemist

Address

Telephone Number

Plympton Discount Pharmacy

627 Marion Road South Plympton

8276 3380

Darlington Pharmacy

62a Seacombe Road Darlington

8296 1152

Mitchell Park Pharmacy

867 Marion Road Mitchell Park

8276 3095

Advantage Pharmacy Warradale

109-111a Diagonal Road Warradale

8295 1873

Terry White Chemmart Pharmacy

Shop 8, Forbes Shopping Centre
531 Marion Road South Plympton

8293 1713

Terry White Chemmart Pharmacy

746 Marion Road Marion

8276 8600

Event postponement and cancellations

In line with Federal Government guidelines to minimise risk to the community, the City of Marion has cancelled the following events:

March

Sturt River / Warripari Trail Twilight Discovery Walk - 31 March - Cancelled

April

Touch-a-Truck 22 April 2020 - Cancelled
ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil 24 April 2020 - Cancelled
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Edwardstown Soldiers' Memorial Garden - Cancelled
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Heron Way Reserve Hallett Cove - Cancelled
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Marion RSL Cancelled

This list will be updated as required.

What’s Council doing to keep the community safe?
  • Digital CatalogueSanitiser is provided for visitors to clean their hands at our Administration Centre, libraries, neighbourhood centres, outdoor pool, City Services, Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Marion Cultural Centre
  • There is a heightened focus on hygiene
  • Staff are regularly wiping down surfaces and door handles using disinfectant
  • We are keeping our community informed by linking them to key information provided by Federal and State governments
  • Providing information to Council staff to:
    • Stay home if unwell
    • Continue to maintain good hygiene by washing hands
    • Wiping down surfaces with anti-bacterial products
    • Self-isolating if exposed to the virus or are showing any signs
    • Comply with the self-isolation if they have returned from overseas.
In Marion’s libraries
  • Click and Collect service suspended
  • Use of returns chutes suspended
  • Loans have been extended for six weeks without penalty and can be renewed up to five times
  • The digital catalogue, e-books and online services are available: Digital Catalogue
  • Library @ Home service will continue and expand.

Please revisit this webpage for updates on City of Marion services, projects, and events.