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Coronavirus (COVID-19) support

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to keep you updated in regards to its impact locally. Regular updates can be found on our Facebook page.

In response to the COVID-19 ‘Barossa cluster’ identified in March 2020 local agencies created a dedicated Facebook page, Barossa Information Update, which we will continue to update as required.

As of the end of July 2020, our services and programs have resumed to pre-COVID-19 service levels.

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) and helps to protect your friends, family, and yourself.

COVID-19 support

In an immediate support response to COVID-19 in April 2020, we launched Barossa Cares with the support of Southern Barossa Alliance, Tourism Barossa, Feros Care, RDA Barossa, and Barossa & Districts Health Advisory Council to connect vulnerable community members with the support and services most needed.

In May 2020 we released a COVID-19 recovery plan to support the community more broadly through the ongoing effects and in the recovery of the pandemic, including extended rate relief options.

The Barossa COVID-19 Recovery Plan

In May 2020 we released The Barossa COVID-19 Recovery Plan outlining a $470,000 up-front investment to support regional economic and community rebuilding.

The plan includes a wide range of economic, social, and wellbeing measures to stimulate local activity including:

  • a $50,000 community and club restart grant program
  • tourism and marketing campaigns
  • small business support from a $100,000 grant program
  • event activation
  • volunteer re-engagement
  • a dedicated resource to deliver community, recreation, and sport development programs and support clubs and groups to restart.

The plan is flexible to accommodate changing circumstances and requires a collaborative approach with government, industry, community, and partner councils.

– Mayor Bim Lange

Mayor Bim Lange also stated, “We know it’s been a tough few months for our community in many respects, financially, socially, and emotionally. We’re proud to release this blueprint to help people move towards recovery and rebuilding. We have listened to community and stakeholder feedback and prioritised activities that will deliver genuine, targeted, grassroots support where it’s needed most. While some projects will take time to activate, we are confident over the next 12 months we will see a significant upturn in community and economic wellbeing.”

Under the plan, current service levels are not impacted and delivery of The Big Project remains on track.

COVID-19 grants

Applications are currently closed with round one applicants being advised of the outcome.

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