Statement issued 8 May 2020 - Deputy Mayor Damian Wyld - Council's Principal Spokesperson
Following today’s announcements by the Prime Minister and Premier of South Australia, we are conscious that many in our community may expect these impacted services and facilities to reopen immediately.
While Council welcomes the easing of restrictions and has been preparing for a gradual restoration, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done to ensure that services and facilities can be reopened in a safe and sustainable way. A way that is safe for our community, and of course our staff and volunteers who deliver the services.
While restrictions are easing, the relaxation of these measures comes with more stringent cleaning processes and guidelines for social distancing.
We will be steadily working through the gradual return of services and will reopen facilities when and in a way that is safe to do so in a cost effective way. But before we do, it is important that we wait for the official declaration from the SA Commissioner of Police, which will likely be early next week.
We are committed to keeping our community informed of any changes and there will be more announcements likely as we move through the coming week.
I encourage everyone to please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.
Contact us if you have any concerns or feedback.
Letter to residents issued 7 April 2020
From Acting Mayor Damian Wyld - For and on behalf of City of Tea Tree Gully Councillors
Read the letter(PDF,237KB)
Statement issued 1 April 2020 - Acting Mayor Damian Wyld
Message on COVID-19
Statement issued 25 March 2020 - Acting Mayor Damian Wyld
Council moves to reduce financial burden with rates
Tea Tree Gully Council last night approved a raft of changes to reduce the financial burden on ratepayers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fines and interest on outstanding Council rates will not be applied until further notice.
The sale of land for non-payment of Council rates has also been postponed, while hardship arrangements, including rates payment postponements, will be available to those who need it most.
Rates hardship support application
We are conscious that many in our community are doing it tough. Our hardship policy allows for targeted rate relief to be provided when needed. Anyone experiencing financial difficulty in paying rates should contact Council to discuss their circumstances.
Contact us for more information.
Streamlining decision making
To streamline decision making, Council ‘s CEO John Moyle has been given special provisions to enable him to take any actions deemed necessary to respond to federal and state government COVID-19 directives.
The safety of our community is paramount so we have reduced as much red tape as possible to enable Mr Moyle to act quickly and decisively, with the backing of the Council’s experienced incident management team and support staff.
It’s about allowing staff to take the necessary immediate steps where needed as the situation continues to evolve rapidly and new directives are being issued by federal and state governments, without having to take up time with Council reports and additional meetings.
This is an appropriate move by Elected Members during unprecedented times for our community and our City.
The CEO is now authorised to:
- Vary the organisational structure of our workforce without consultation with Council
- Vary the implementation of Council policies that cannot be reasonably applied due to COVID-19 restrictions
- Vary leases or licences for sporting and community groups using Council buildings to enable buildings to be commandeered for key business operations if required.
The CEO will report to Elected Members on any key decisions made under these authorisations.
Check availability of services, events and programs
Includes closure of Tea Tree Gully Library building - online services still available
Statement issued 20 March 2020 - Acting Mayor Cr Damian Wyld
A number of Council programs have been cancelled in response to the federal government’s guidelines on COVID-19.
While Tea Tree Gully Library continues to be open to the public, all library programs and events have been cancelled until further notice.
Most sport and recreation programs and a number of community centre programs have also been cancelled. Participants enrolled in impacted programs are being notified. The cancellations could be in place for up to six months or more and further changes are likely to occur as the situation evolves.
See the list of disrupted programs
To ensure the safety of the community and staff we have increased the cleaning and disinfection of our community facilities, such as the library, Civic Centre and community and recreation centres to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Public hand sanitizing stations have also been provided and staff are following additional personal hygiene measures and physical distancing guidelines.
It’s still business as usual for core services, such as waste collection, park and verge maintenance, road and footpath renewal, and animal control services.
With every decision we make, we are taking a sensible, proactive approach and considering the safety and wellbeing of our community and staff.
We’re also mindful of our local economy and will continue to push ahead with our major capital works. Planning is also well under way for projects for the 2020 - 2021 financial year, including park, road and building upgrades.
Please continue to follow advice issued by the Department of Health and SA Health.
Contact us if you have any concerns or feedback.
Statement issued 17 March 2020 - Acting Mayor Damian Wyld
The situation and information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly.
We are monitoring the progress of the virus and taking direction and working closely with the Australian and State Governments to reduce the impact on our community.
The health of our community, volunteers and staff are our priority in any decisions we make.
To minimise the potential spread and impact of COVID-19, Council has increased the cleaning of Council facilities and is implementing a range of additional hygiene measures. We are also suspending some programs and events until further notice. Details will be released through our social media channels and our website.
In the event of decreased demand for other services, programs or events, or as the situation changes, cancellations may occur. Resources would then be redirected in line with community need.
Our local economy is also important at this time. We will continue to drive economic activity by delivering our capital works program where possible.
It is important that we take a sensible, proactive approach to minimise the spread of the virus and practice good hygiene.
This page will be updated as further information becomes available.
We encourage our residents to follow the instructions of the relevant lead agencies.