COVID-19 Community Information Page

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"The bushfires brought us together. Don't let the virus push us apart."

The Hills is a caring community and it is important we work together to overcome COVID-19 (Coronavirus) challenges and prioritise the needs of our more vulnerable residents.

As individuals we all have a part to play in slowing the spread of the virus and I thank you for your patience and diligence in putting social distancing measures into effect. For those of you also affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, please be assured that we will continue to maintain a focus on our bushfire recovery efforts.

Your Council is implementing a planned response to ensure crucial services to the community can continue, albeit in a limited or changed format, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff.

- Dr Jan-Claire Wisdom, Mayor Adelaide Hills Council



On this page you will find:

We will regularly update this page and advise of any changes to our operations and services which may affect our residents and businesses

"The bushfires brought us together. Don't let the virus push us apart."

The Hills is a caring community and it is important we work together to overcome COVID-19 (Coronavirus) challenges and prioritise the needs of our more vulnerable residents.

As individuals we all have a part to play in slowing the spread of the virus and I thank you for your patience and diligence in putting social distancing measures into effect. For those of you also affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, please be assured that we will continue to maintain a focus on our bushfire recovery efforts.

Your Council is implementing a planned response to ensure crucial services to the community can continue, albeit in a limited or changed format, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff.

- Dr Jan-Claire Wisdom, Mayor Adelaide Hills Council



On this page you will find:

We will regularly update this page and advise of any changes to our operations and services which may affect our residents and businesses

  • Phase two of lifting restrictions: an update on services

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    2 days ago

    Further to our original news that restrictions were lifting on our libraries, Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions begins in our libraries on Monday 1 June, with further changes in our community centres from Tuesday 9 June.

    This sees an increase to a maximum of 20 people in libraries at any given time, excluding staff (previously a maximum of 10), and the reopening of our Torrens Valley Community Centre and Green Shed in Gumeracha. Social distancing, increased sanitation requirements, and further restrictions in confined spaces will be indicated on site.

    Uraidla's Red Shed, the Positive Ageing Centre and The Summit Community Centre remain closed at this time.

    Further to our original news that restrictions were lifting on our libraries, Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions begins in our libraries on Monday 1 June, with further changes in our community centres from Tuesday 9 June.

    This sees an increase to a maximum of 20 people in libraries at any given time, excluding staff (previously a maximum of 10), and the reopening of our Torrens Valley Community Centre and Green Shed in Gumeracha. Social distancing, increased sanitation requirements, and further restrictions in confined spaces will be indicated on site.

    Uraidla's Red Shed, the Positive Ageing Centre and The Summit Community Centre remain closed at this time.

  • SA Bushfire Appeal - Financial Assistance available

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    9 days ago


    The South Australian government launched the SA Bushfire Appeal to raise funds for people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island.

    Financial assistance is available for individuals, businesses, apiarists and primary producers. Eligibility information is available and applications can be made on the SA Bushfire Appeal website.

    Non-profit community groups and organisations can apply to the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative for funding for projects that address local needs and issues in affected communities.


    The South Australian government launched the SA Bushfire Appeal to raise funds for people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island.

    Financial assistance is available for individuals, businesses, apiarists and primary producers. Eligibility information is available and applications can be made on the SA Bushfire Appeal website.

    Non-profit community groups and organisations can apply to the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative for funding for projects that address local needs and issues in affected communities.

  • Libraries & Community Centres open: what you need to know

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    18 days ago

    On Friday 8 May the Federal and State Governments announced the easing of restrictions in South Australia with Phase 1 commencing on Monday 11 May; a positive step forward for our community and State as we begin recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adelaide Hills Council Libraries
    Our three library branches in Stirling, Woodside and Gumeracha are open to the public, albeit with some changes to usual operations. The mobile library remains out of service for the time being.Changes include limits to the number of people allowed inside at one time and new sanitation and social distancing guides. Click here to get a full overview of what to expect.

    Adelaide Hills Community Centres
    The Torrens Valley Community Centre is open to offer a meeting space for the community, however programs and tea and coffee facilities are not yet available. The Summit Community Centre and Positive Ageing Centre remain closed at this time.

    Regular programs and events, Red/Green sheds and Gumeracha Op Shop
    At this stage restrictions are still in place around our usual programs and events, including Positive Ageing community buses, our Red/Green sheds, and the Gumeracha Op Shop.

    Playgrounds and recreation facilities
    Access to Council playgrounds and outdoor recreation facilities (BMX tracks, tennis courts etc) has been reinstated and the community is welcome to use them. When using these spaces, however, please adhere to social distancing recommendations of 1.5m between each other, and keep groups to a maximum of 10 people. We also encourage you to keep up your hygiene practices to keep everyone healthy.

    Many early childhood programs remain available online and community members needing assistance with connectivity or distraction are encouraged to contact us on 8408 0400 for guidance.

    For a range of FAQs and all of our updates in one place, please visit our COVID-19 community information page.

    On Friday 8 May the Federal and State Governments announced the easing of restrictions in South Australia with Phase 1 commencing on Monday 11 May; a positive step forward for our community and State as we begin recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adelaide Hills Council Libraries
    Our three library branches in Stirling, Woodside and Gumeracha are open to the public, albeit with some changes to usual operations. The mobile library remains out of service for the time being.Changes include limits to the number of people allowed inside at one time and new sanitation and social distancing guides. Click here to get a full overview of what to expect.

    Adelaide Hills Community Centres
    The Torrens Valley Community Centre is open to offer a meeting space for the community, however programs and tea and coffee facilities are not yet available. The Summit Community Centre and Positive Ageing Centre remain closed at this time.

    Regular programs and events, Red/Green sheds and Gumeracha Op Shop
    At this stage restrictions are still in place around our usual programs and events, including Positive Ageing community buses, our Red/Green sheds, and the Gumeracha Op Shop.

    Playgrounds and recreation facilities
    Access to Council playgrounds and outdoor recreation facilities (BMX tracks, tennis courts etc) has been reinstated and the community is welcome to use them. When using these spaces, however, please adhere to social distancing recommendations of 1.5m between each other, and keep groups to a maximum of 10 people. We also encourage you to keep up your hygiene practices to keep everyone healthy.

    Many early childhood programs remain available online and community members needing assistance with connectivity or distraction are encouraged to contact us on 8408 0400 for guidance.

    For a range of FAQs and all of our updates in one place, please visit our COVID-19 community information page.

  • Playgrounds and recreation facilities reopening

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    24 days ago

    Adelaide Hills Council Mayor, Jan-Claire Wisdom, is delighted to announce the reopening of our playgrounds. We know that they are valued by our community, especially given the current restrictions on social activity under COVID-19 as they provide a destination for families to enjoy outdoor activity together and for children to burn off some extra energy in a healthy way.

    "We reopened Lions Park at Bridgewater and Steamroller Park in Stirling this afternoon (4 May 2020)" she said.

    "And over 30 other facilities are expected to be open before the end of the week."

    Safety checks are being undertaken at each...

    Adelaide Hills Council Mayor, Jan-Claire Wisdom, is delighted to announce the reopening of our playgrounds. We know that they are valued by our community, especially given the current restrictions on social activity under COVID-19 as they provide a destination for families to enjoy outdoor activity together and for children to burn off some extra energy in a healthy way.

    "We reopened Lions Park at Bridgewater and Steamroller Park in Stirling this afternoon (4 May 2020)" she said.

    "And over 30 other facilities are expected to be open before the end of the week."

    Safety checks are being undertaken at each site and signage developed reminding people of the SA Health guidelines around 1.5 metre social distancing and groups being limited to no more than 10 people.

    Council also encourages people to consider their personal hygiene practices and responsibilities when using Council facilities as they would when out in any public space.

    Councils across the state are currently collaborating with the LGA and health authorities regarding any additional precautions that may be recommended.

  • Older Persons COVID-19 support line

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    about 1 month ago

    Do you know an older person who needs some support? Are you caring for an older person and need some advice?

    A new support line has been set up to provide information, support and check on older Australians during this period of social distancing.

    Senior Australians, their families and carers can freecall 1800 171 866 if they:

    • Would like to walk with someone about what COVID-19 means for them or their loved ones
    • are feeling lonely or distressed
    • are caring for someone and need some information or a listening ear
    • are worried about what this means for their usual aged care service
    • are worried about a friend or family member living with dementia
    • are unable to access information on the internet and whole like up-to-date advice

    The support line is open between 8:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday (closed public holidays).

    COTA Australia, National Seniors, Dementia Australia and the Older Person's Advocacy Network have banded together to deliver this service with support from the Australian Government.

    Do you know an older person who needs some support? Are you caring for an older person and need some advice?

    A new support line has been set up to provide information, support and check on older Australians during this period of social distancing.

    Senior Australians, their families and carers can freecall 1800 171 866 if they:

    • Would like to walk with someone about what COVID-19 means for them or their loved ones
    • are feeling lonely or distressed
    • are caring for someone and need some information or a listening ear
    • are worried about what this means for their usual aged care service
    • are worried about a friend or family member living with dementia
    • are unable to access information on the internet and whole like up-to-date advice

    The support line is open between 8:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday (closed public holidays).

    COTA Australia, National Seniors, Dementia Australia and the Older Person's Advocacy Network have banded together to deliver this service with support from the Australian Government.

  • Food pantry for individuals and families experiencing financial difficulty

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    about 2 months ago

    The Hut Community Centre Aldgate has set up a food pantry to allow individuals and families experiencing financial difficulty access to staples at no cost. For residents of the Adelaide Hills Council district.

    The pantry is open weekly on Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm and Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm

    For more information or to enquire about donating to the pantry contact The Hut on 8339 4400 or email reception@thehut.org.au

    Click here for more information.

    The Hut Community Centre Aldgate has set up a food pantry to allow individuals and families experiencing financial difficulty access to staples at no cost. For residents of the Adelaide Hills Council district.

    The pantry is open weekly on Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm and Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm

    For more information or to enquire about donating to the pantry contact The Hut on 8339 4400 or email reception@thehut.org.au

    Click here for more information.

  • New - $10k Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses

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    about 2 months ago

    Small businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business.

    The grant is being funded from the State Government’s $650 million Jobs Rescue Package.

    To be eligible, businesses and not-for-profits including eligible sporting and community organisations will need to:

    • Employ people in South Australia.
    • Have annual turnover of more than $75,000 (GST exclusive).
    • Have an annual payroll of less than $1.5 million, and not be entitled to a payroll tax waiver under COVID-19 support measures introduced by...

    Small businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business.

    The grant is being funded from the State Government’s $650 million Jobs Rescue Package.

    To be eligible, businesses and not-for-profits including eligible sporting and community organisations will need to:

    • Employ people in South Australia.
    • Have annual turnover of more than $75,000 (GST exclusive).
    • Have an annual payroll of less than $1.5 million, and not be entitled to a payroll tax waiver under COVID-19 support measures introduced by the South Australian Government.
    • Have an ABN and were carrying on the operation of the business in South Australia on 1 March 2020.
    • Have been subject to closure or highly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions.
    • Apply by 1 June 2020.
    • Use the funds to support activities related to the operation of the business.

    Other key notes:

    • If the business has received any South Australian Government grants provided to address COVID-19 related business impacts, the value of these payment(s) will be deducted from the $10,000 grant. This means if you have claimed $10k via the SA Tourism Commission program you can't claim through this program. If you were eligible for $5k from the SA Tourism Commission program then you can apply for another $5k through this program.
    • If the business is part of a group of companies that is registered for payroll tax and will receive the payroll tax waiver, the business is ineligible for this grant.

    Applications for the grant will open shortly and be available until 1 June 2020.

    For more information and to register your interest so you are emailed when the application process opens click here.

  • Watch: Changes in our libraries during COVID

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    about 2 months ago

    Our library services have changed slightly watch this video to see what's different and the many resources available to you.

    Our library services have changed slightly watch this video to see what's different and the many resources available to you.

  • Children’s book - Hi. This is coronavirus.

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    about 2 months ago

    SA Health has produced a new children’s COVID-19 book to help explain to South Australian children about coronavirus and the changes they are having to endure as a result of the current situation.

    Read the ebook here.

    SA Health has produced a new children’s COVID-19 book to help explain to South Australian children about coronavirus and the changes they are having to endure as a result of the current situation.

    Read the ebook here.

  • Regional Events Grants Fund

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    about 2 months ago

    The purpose of the Regional Events Grants Fund, initiated by the South Australian Tourism Commission is to provide financial support for small to medium regional event organisers who have experienced financial loss due to the forced cancellation or postponement of an event staged between 16 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, as a result of COVID-19. These events are broken into two groups – Regional Events and Community Events, as outlined below.

    Regional Events

    Regional Events (including festivals) which are significant to their location and community, provide good economic return and boost the profile of the region. These events attract...

    The purpose of the Regional Events Grants Fund, initiated by the South Australian Tourism Commission is to provide financial support for small to medium regional event organisers who have experienced financial loss due to the forced cancellation or postponement of an event staged between 16 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, as a result of COVID-19. These events are broken into two groups – Regional Events and Community Events, as outlined below.

    Regional Events

    Regional Events (including festivals) which are significant to their location and community, provide good economic return and boost the profile of the region. These events attract interstate and/or intrastate visitors, generate local media and have the ability to generate state and national media coverage. These events must attract more than 1,000 people. Examples include the Fringe in Mount Gambier, 500 Miles of Music and Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.

    Community Events

    Community Events (including festivals) primarily driven and sustained by their respective local community, which provide strong social outcomes, but with less focus on an economic benefit to the region. These events must attract more than 500 people. Examples include Seafood on Spencer, Red Poles & Spinning Yarns Aboriginal Arts Festival and the Coober Pedy Opal Festival. These events may have the ability to grow into Regional Events.

    Amount Available

    The total amount available within the Regional Events Grant Fund is $200,000.

    Applicants under the Regional Events category may receive a grant of up to a maximum $5,000, subject to the losses incurred.

    Applicants under the Community Events category may receive a grant up to a maximum $2,000, subject to the losses incurred.

    Grants will be awarded based on meeting mandatory Eligibility Criteria (detailed below) and in date order of receipt of the application. Once the Fund has been fully expended (i.e. a total of $200,000 has been issued in grants), all other applications will be declined.

    Opening and Closing Dates

    • Opening Date:The Regional Events Grant Fund will open on Friday 3 April 2020.
    • Closing Date: Applications will close at 5pm Friday 17 April 2020, unless funding is fully exhausted beforehand.