The Whyalla City Council have thanked the local community for staying at home to ride out South Australia's lockdown following an outbreak of COVID-19 in Adelaide.
Regional communities have been dragged into the lockdown as the government tries to stop the new delta variant in its tracks, with non-essential business forced to close their doors.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin acknowledged the tough position many residents found themselves in, and thanked them for their response to the lockdown.
"I hope that all residents stay safe and follow the updates from SA Health," she said.
Currently a handful of council services remain up and running for the public, including all skates parks, playgrounds and outdoor gym areas for those from the same household and no more than 2.5km away.
Other services open to the public include:
- Child Care Centre - for essential services workers only
- Kerbside Waste Collection continues to run as scheduled
- Airport - to maintain critical services only
Council services unavailable until further notice are:
- Whyalla Council Civic Building
- Whyalla Visitor Centre
- Whyalla Public Library
- Whyalla Recreation Centre
- Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
- BBQ facilities
- Ship tours (HMAS Whyalla) & Steelworks Tours
- Whyalla Maritime Museum
- Hard waste collection
- Veolia Waste Transfer Station
Aside from disrupting council services, the lockdown has also created financial strain on ratepayers who are either without work or have been forced to temporarily close their business.
In a statement, the City of Whyalla said any ratepayers financially impact by the lockdown could contact council to receive a one month extension to their first quarter rates payment with fines and interest waived.
"Any ratepayers experiencing financial hardship should contact Council at any time. We will connect them with a financial counsellor who will work with Council on their behalf to find a suitable ongoing arrangement
"If the lockdown is extended Council will consider further support."
For more information, contact council on 8640 3444 or visit the council website at https://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/.