COVID-19 Council Updates & Information

18th November 2020

COVID-19 Council Updates & Information

Please refer to the SA Health website for the latest key messages, FAQs and fact sheets.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here:

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or

More information:

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National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080

Call this line if you are seeking information and advice on COVID-19. The line is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787

This line is available to South Australians and provides local information on COVID-19 to the general public from 8:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week.

COVID-19 Community Awareness

Social distancing – stay at least 1.5m (two arms lengths) apart from others.

Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council continues to monitor the situation closely and enact measures to protect the health of our community, visitors and staff, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Actions being taken by Council are in line with advice and direction from State and Federal Governments, and relevant Government Health Authorities.

During this time, Council encourages our residents to play their part – observe stricter personal hygiene and social distancing, stay away from public places if you’re unwell, be respectful to our staff and look out for the vulnerable members of your community.

Council is continually putting updates via its various social media and other media channels regarding any changes to services.

Electronic participation at Council meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings Council meetings have been transferred to an online platform with Councillors and staff attending remotely. The public is welcome to all council meetings, unless they have been deemed confidential, and a link to attend each meeting is available by request: email –

Lodging Development & Septic Applications

We are updating you on the ever-changing and evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and how Council will receive and process Development Applications.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, Council encourages all plans and documentation to be received electronically (email) at

Plans and documentation can still be lodged via hard copy however they will be quarantined for a number of days before being processed which will delay the assessment process.

A number of Council staff are now working from home so all communication will be either via email or phone and meetings will not be held outside these means.

This new system will come into effect as of today. This will include plans and documentation for planning, building and wastewater applications.

If you have any queries please contact Council at 8842 6400 or email us.

Council Services and Closures

As you would be aware,  the Premier of South Australia has announced a hard lock down in our State as a result of COVID-19, with restrictions to take effect from midnight 18 November.

Library services

Clare & Saddleworth Library are open regular opening hours. The Auburn library remains closed.

Holds are now able to be placed on books, DVDs and magazines from all SA Libraries.

There will be some delays as the backlog clears.

Programs will not run until it is safe to do so.

Return any books or DVDs in the after-hours return chute

Some restrictions apply, including –

  • Limit of 10 people at a time
  • Visits limited to 30 mins or less
  • PC use limited to 30 min or less

Patrons should also -

  • Use hand sanitiser provided.
  • Use external return chute for all returns

Online borrowing of e-books and e-magazines is available through the digital library service – for the direct link to eBooks and online resources –

Online storytimes and at-home learning resources go to the library Facebook page –

Phone the Clare Library 8842 3817 or Saddleworth Library 8847 4096 during opening hours for assistance.

Council services & reopenings

Public Playgrounds, Skate Parks and outside gym equipment are open to the public.  Please maintain physical distancing and public gathering requirements at this time and observe any signage.

Under the Emergency Management Act 2004, Police are now able to issue on-the-spot expiation notices to persons who contravene directives made by the Commissioner of Police.

Council services are deemed essential and will continue to be provided unless directed otherwise by the Premier or Prime Minister.


Please continue to check Council’s Facebook page for updates and other information: