COVID-19 Latest Council Information

Published on 18 June 2020

Bike riding past art shop with sign saying open for drive through

The City of Unley continues to monitor and modify service delivery in the interests of the health and wellbeing of the community and our employees and to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, please find below a summary of changes to facilities, services and programs and the different ways you can contact Council.

We would like to remind all members of our community to be mindful of the information and guidance being provided by the Federal Government and SA Health and encourage you to limit your movements in the community to essential tasks and daily exercise.
 
The best sources of information on COVID-19 are the SA Health website and the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Libraries

As COVID-19 restrictions are further eased, both Goodwood and Unley Libraries will reopen to their pre-COVID opening hours from Monday 15 June. Additional services will also resume, with customers able to:

  • Browse the collection
  • Book PC use for 30-minute sessions
  • Use photocopying and scanning services.

Goodwood Toy Library will be open as usual from Monday 15 June. Unley Toy Library will reopen from Tuesday 23 June.

We’re very excited to reinstate these services to our community, while adhering to COVID-19 Safe requirements as guided by the State Government. When you visit our libraries, you will see signage in place to remind us of physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, to protect you, other visitors and staff. The maximum number of visitors to each library (excluding staff) is 20 at one time.

Library staff are still available by phone 8372 5100 or 8372 5166 to field your questions and support you.

Make sure to follow the Unley Libraries Facebook page as the Libraries team will keep you informed, and endeavour to highlight daily, all the various ways you can still access the library online for entertainment, education, personal development and more.

Information for businesses

Council assistance

Unley Council is helping small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions by offering a substantial discount on rates for the fourth quarter of the year. Read more about Council’s assistance for Unley businesses.

Helpful resources

This is a challenging time for our business community. We understand that there is a lot of information available and have compiled a list of resources that may be useful to you and your business during this period.

Resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19 conditions.

Customer Service

In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Unley Civic Centre will reopen to public access from Monday 18 May, 8.30am to 5pm.

To adhere to health and safety guidelines, appointments are still required to see a Justice of the Peace or for planning assistance. Please call our Customer Experience Team on 8372 5111 to make an appointment.

Social distancing guidelines and a limit of ten customers at one time will apply. 

Payments

In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Unley Civic Centre will reopen to public access from Monday 18 May, 8.30am to 5pm.

Payments can be made using our Online Portal.

Prior to reopening on Monday 18 May, cash payments can be made by appointment only at the Unley Civic Centre. To make an appointment please call 8372 5111 and speak to one of our Customer Experience Officers.

Justice of the Peace services

Justice of the Peace services are currently by appointment only at the Unley Civic Centre. To make an appointment please call 8372 5111 and speak to one of our Customer Experience Officers.

Planning services

Planning services are currently by appointment only. To make an appointment with a Duty Planner or Building Officer please call 8372 5111 and speak to one of our Customer Experience Officers.

View Applications on Public Notice online

View the interactive Development Register online

Council rates

We are very aware of the difficulties being experienced by many members of our community as a result of changing circumstances in response to COVID-19.

If you have been impacted by loss of income and are facing financial hardship, be assured we are here to support our community. 

For information on the hardship provisions in place for residents, visit our Rates assistance page.

Council centres & facilities

Community Centres

Fullarton Park, Clarence Park and Unley Community Centres will reopen from Tuesday June 9.

Our centre staff are excited to reopen their doors to the community as COVID-19 restrictions are further eased. When you visit, you will see our centres are complying to State Government COVID Safe-Plan requirements.

Though it may take some time to return to previous levels of service, please be patient as we prioritise the health and safety of our patrons, hirers and staff.

For opening hours, contact details and to check what programs are operating, visit our Community Centres webpage.

Please note, the Management Committee of the Goodwood Community Centre is working toward reopening to deliver safe activities in their centre. For updates, visit the Goodwood Community Service Inc Facebook page and website.

Circuit Café

The Unley Community Centre Meal Service will return Monday 13 July.

Offering low cost and nutritious lunches to our community, the Circuit Café will be open normal hours on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Menus will be available from the Centre and on the City of Unley website closer to opening. Bookings are essential, please phone 8372 5128.

Unley Museum

As COVID-19 restrictions are further eased, we are pleased to announce that the Unley Museum will reopen with modified hours from Monday 15 June.  The Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday. While the opening hours are slightly reduced, we are excited that visitors can once again view the incredible artworks from Tandanya currently on display. Family and house history searches services will resume at a later date.

The following access changes to other Council facilities remain in place until further notice:

  • Community Bus Service discontinued for the foreseeable future
  • Town Hall Hire – no new bookings will be taken for the Town Hall.

Unley Swimming Centre

The Unley Swimming Centre will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 swimming season. This decision has been made following the State’s COVID-19 update on Friday 8 May and after undertaking our own due diligence.

The health, wellbeing and safety of our customers and employees remained a key priority but other factors considered were:

  • The time in relation to our scheduled close date of 24 May 2020 it would take to return the water to safe compliance levels (This includes re-heating the water).
  • Extended costs and implications on plant and equipment for re-opening during the month of May.
  • Lack of efficiency presented by the restrictions in regard to allowable patron access in conjunction with the mandatory on-site staffing requirements.
  • Works currently being undertaken onsite at the facility for the new shade structure.

 

2020-21 Season

The City of Unley remains fully committed to re-opening the facility for the 2020-21 swimming season in September.

Multi-Visits Passes

Unused visits as off 24 May 2020 will be credited to next season and valid to a date determined by the number of days of lost service this season.

Season Passes

As above, current season passes to remain valid until a date determined by the number of days lost service this season. After this date new passes can be purchased for the remainder of the season at a pre-determined price based on the percentage of the season remaining.

Council-run programs & events

Following government advice on mass gatherings and social distancing, we have made the decision to defer Council-run programs, events and activities to ensure we are not inadvertently compromising the health of our community. 

Playgrounds & exercise equipment

Following advice from the Chief Public Health Officer on 5 May, all playgrounds have been safety-checked and reopened.

Please ensure you apply social distancing requirements and hygiene practices while using playgrounds.