Southern Flinders Ranges COVID-19 Resource Centre

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we have set-up this resource centre to help local businesses through this period. We will be udpating this page with more information as it is received.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – 27TH MAY 2020

Premier Marshall announced that all SA businesses that were directed to close during COVID-19 restrictions MUST complete a COVID-Safe Plan.

If you were allowed to reopen during Step 1, or are planning to open with Step 2, you must complete your Plan before 1 June. If your business has several premises, each venue will need a separate Plan.

While other businesses are not required to complete a COVID-Safe Plan, they are encouraged to do so to help keep South Australia safe.

Further information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/recovery-step-2

Regional Development Yorke and Mid North will be working to keep this page as up to date as possible with information provided by SA Health, the Australian Federal Department of HealthTourism Australia, the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), Tourism Industry Council SA (TICSA) and other government announcements as we receive them.

What we are doing

We are currently working to ensure that we can provide the support and latest information to our industry, whilst continuing to work, albeit remotely and with the help of technology, on key projects.

Mim is available at the end of the phone or email to support our tourism industry and provide any assistance you require.

Mim Ward – Regional Tourism Manager
tourism@yorkeandmidnorth.com.au |  0429 07 0005

In the immediate instance, our aim is to provide support to our industry where we can in these uncertain and unprecedented times. As things are changing on a day to day basis we will endeavour to get a newsletter out to the tourism community on a weekly basis with up to date information. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter.

Like everyone, we are working within the parameters set out by government guidelines but want to assure you we are also working towards when this critical period is over and we are once again fully open for business.

At times like this, it is easy to become overwhelmed, however, our tourism industry is vibrant and strong and we will be ready to welcome back visitors when it is safe to do so.

Regional Development Australia are asking business to complete a survey to understand the current situation with businesses in the Yorke and Mid North region. This is open for all businesses with 3 tourism-specific questions at the end. Please complete this survey so they can report back to the Government.

What you can be doing

Tourism eSchool – Paige and Rebecca have pulled together an Immediate Response Plan for Tourism Operators blog article. We strongly suggest having a read of this for some practical tips and examples of things you can be doing during this time.

Adapt your business to the current situation. Offer takeaway, local delivery or online services.

Keep in touch with your customers via social media, regular newsletters and posting on your website.

Learn, learn, learn! There is so much online material available to access and utilise for your business. If it’s quiet or you are in isolation, jump online and enrol in an online course, watch some tutorials or do some reading to improve your business.

Accommodation providers who are interested in supporting Self Isolation cases of COVID-19, including health workers can apply for tender, which closes on the 20th of April. More information here.

Relief assistance and additional support

JobKeeper Payment – Fact sheet for employees | Factsheet for employers | Support for Business Fact Sheet

Business SA – Business SA have a dedicated page on their website to help businesses affected by COVID-19. On this page, you will find the Employer Resource Guide, workshops for Business Resilience and much more.

Government Assistance – Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Australian Banking Association – Australian Banking Association announced a small business relief package from Australia’s banks. Click on the website to find out how your business can benefit from the package.

Arts Grants Support COVID-19 – The COVID-19 Arts Grants support art making, creative development and professional development across all art forms. More information here

Australian Government Services AustraliaFarm Household Allowance for farming families in financial hardship.