Tatiara Community e-News

Welcome to the April edition of the Tatiara Community e-News. 

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In this edition:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

16 April 2020


All three levels of governments continue to work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Restrictions and social distancing measures  have changed the way we live, interact and do business. 

To find the most up-to-date information, health advice, current social distancing measures, and support available, please head to, download the Coronavirus Australia App from Google Play/Apple Store or send a message to +61 400 253 787 on WhatsApp.  

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

Council services

We have implemented several new health and safety measures to keep our staff and community safe.

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, and we are available on the phone, 08 8752 1044, by email or through Facebook Messenger during business hours.


In accordance with the Australian Government’s directions, all libraries are closed, until further notice.

Our online services remain available at, through the Libraries SA App or the Libby App. Please call us at the library if we can help you navigate these.

We are now offering a "Click and Collect" Services.  Please see the Library News in this newsletter.  Further information regarding these and other services is by calling the library on 08 8752 1473 or by emailing

Visitor Information Services

On weekends have been suspended.

The Walkway Gallery and Clayton Farm

Are closed in accordance with Federal Government directions until further notice.

Kerbside Bin Collection

Will continue as normal.

Waste Transfer Stations

Council’s Waste Transfer Stations 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 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 remain closed to the public, until further notice.

Public Conveniences

Council’s public conveniences remain open at this stage.

Council Meetings

The May Council Meeting, and further Council meetings, will be supported by video conferencing.


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

Open for Business

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, small and large businesses, families and single person households, young and old. We have listed a few websites and contacts that provide information about available support in this newsletter. Please contact us if we can help in other ways.

We have also made contact with many businesses and are working closely with the Tatiara Business Association to share information and promote our local businesses. We have put together a list detailing how local businesses are operating during the COVID-19 crisis. Head to the Visit Tatiara website - - for up to date information, including a handy printable version. If you'd like to add your business or service to the list, please get in touch with us via email or on Facebook.

Section 182 of the Local Government Act 1999 provides that councils can grant rates relief due to hardship or extenuating circumstances. Please contact us at the office if you are experiencing hardship, phone 8752 1044 or email for a confidential discussion.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - News for Businesses  

Staying Up to Date - Top 5 Sites to Follow 
  1. The Government website is one of the best sites to link you with the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies. It is updated with essential information as it becomes available.   
  2. The Federal Government’s website is a key source of information on the financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the COVID-19 related financial support available for Australian businesses. The website is updated as further information becomes available. also includes a range of tools, guides and information on matters like business planning, links to ATO and other useful resources for your business.
  3. The new South Australian State Government COVID-19 website is a good source of state information and you can access it at this link. The SA Government also has a very useful business support website  and you will find a specific business support page here
  4. The South Australian Government's main health page is updated constantly with the latest advice here.
  5. Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast's 'COVID-19' webpage 

2020 Tatiara Games Challenge

CONGRATULATIONS to all the medal winners and participants in the Tatiara South Australian Masters Games #AthletesAtHomeChallenge! Athletes were asked to don their sporting attire and share with us a photo or short video of how you would have been participating in the Tatiara Masters Games. We had over 40 very creative entries over the 4 days – all worthy of medals.
You can find the winning images attached and the winning videos at the following links:
GOLD: Kieran O’Donovan:
BRONZE: Sonia Smith:
Honourable mentions:
Best International Film: Mark Middleton (UK)
Best Musical Score: Leanne Watson
Best Supporting Cast: Ellen Gillett
Prepare your own ANZAC Day home service to Light Up The Dawn.

RSL South Australia
has addressed public requests for dawn service resources by posting a home service guide with a format and links to bugle calls and national anthems at
The Adelaide Dawn Service (closed to the public) will be live broadcast commencing at 06:00 on ABC 891 with Peter Goers and on ABC News 24 (not the ABC main channel). You can listen to your local ABC Radio from your driveway or balcony via your mobile phone. Download the ABC Listen app and search for ABC Adelaide or your local ABC station and join us, as we commemorate ANZAC Day together. Link:
It will also be live streamed here on the RSL South Australia Facebook page.

Library News

The Bordertown Public Library now has a "Click and Collect" service.  

Although the Library is closed at present, you can keep up with any news by following on Facebook:

Arts & Culture News

Tatiara Volunteer of the Year 

Our volunteers are one of our biggest assets, and at this uncertain time, we feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Tatiara’s volunteers. National Volunteer Week 2020 will be held as scheduled 18 May – 24 May, but with online activities and events, instead of in person ones.

What’s changed:

Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19, our three annual Volunteer Appreciation Functions have been postponed until May 2021. Instead we are planning a big Volunteer Celebration Event on International Volunteers Day – 5 December 2020. More details to follow.

How to get involved in 2020:

Nominate someone for Volunteer of the Year

  • Click here to submit an online application (link: )
  • Download the Word document here, fill it out and email it back to us at
  • All submissions are due by 5pm, 8 May 2020, with official announcements made during 2020 National Volunteer Week.

Volunteer Hall of Fame

  • We want to flood our social media platforms with the faces of our district’s volunteers. Send us a ‘selfie’ during National Volunteer Week, with your name and the number of years you’ve been volunteering and we’ll add you to the Volunteer Hall of Fame. More details to come.

For further information, please contact Naomi Fallon at the Council Office on 8752-1044.

Walkway Gallery - Everyday Challenges 

Right now we could do with a distraction and creativity is great for the soul ... so we have two challenges that you can get involved in. Don't worry if you're not the most awesome artist in the world. These challenges are for everyone: beginners to brilliant. It's not a competition. 

Photo A Day

The rules are simple: take a photo everyday.
You have all, no doubt, had someone in your friends group taking part in the Photo A Day challenge (#FMSPAD). To date 25 MILLION photos have been shared online. Now it's our turn to join the movement, and hopefully together we can bring a bit of joy to our beautiful community (both on and offline).
The concept is pretty simple. Each month a new photo a day is revealed with daily prompts to inspire you take a photo each day. They could be words like yellow, or open, or big, or light, or food, or really anything that will get you to start thinking creatively. Each day you simply use the prompt as inspiration and take a photo. 
​Next, share your photo. You can share wherever you like – Facebook or Instagram. Please place the hashtag #FMSPAD and #WGPAD in your caption so we can find your photos! 
​So, are you ready for the prompt? There is just one: Gratitude.
​Find something in each day to be grateful for. It can be as simple as fresh air, blue skies, food on your plate, the people in your life, the Tatiara landscape, or even … toilet paper. Whatever it is, take a photo and share it with the world! 

Happy snapping! 
Drawing A Day

The rules are simple: Draw everyday.

Spend at least 10 minutes drawing and share with us your finished product. If you are sharing on social media you can hashtag #WGDAD or tag the gallery on Facebook or Instagram @walkwaygallery

If you aren't on social media, you can email a pic to and with your permission we will share for you! 
​Naomi is taking part in this challenge, so join her on Instagram @naomifallon
​Keep in mind: 

  • It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’,  big or little;
  • Limits create freedom, so use something permanent like pen;
  • Boredom leads to discovery (why not try a different medium);
  • Persistence begets persistence (daily drawings become part of you)
  • Just give it a go - together we can bring a bit of joy to our community (both on and offline).​

Happy drawing! 

Funding & Grant Opportunities 

Youth Innovation Grants Now Open!
Applications Close 26 May 2020

Applications are now open for the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants! Community organisations are invited to apply for a share in $100,000 in grants, to bring one of these six youth-developed ideas to life. These inspiring ideas were created at this year's Heywire Regional Youth Summit and can be adapted to suit the needs of your community. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

Click here for more info >>
FRRR - Strengthening Rural Communities Grant/s
Always Open 

Grants for communities in small, rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This program has two tiers of funding: Small and Vital supports projects with grants up to $10,000; and Larger Leverage supports projects with grans from $10,001 to $25,000.

Click here for more info >>

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