Kangaroo Island Council enacts coronavirus COVID-19 measures, maintains service

Only two months after dealing with a six-week bushfire emergency, the Kangaroo Island Council like the rest of community is now dealing with the coronavirus health crisis.

CEO Greg Georgopoulos said given the COVID-19 pandemic, all government agencies, including councils, are considering the impacts of the ever-evolving situation.

"The council is balancing the need to provide and deliver essential and expected services, against council requirements to protect employees, elected members and the community at large," he said.

Mr Georgopoulos said the administration was working hard to ensure there was minimal disruption to the services of council.

However, in light of the ongoing health, welfare and safety concerns, the council will implement proactive measures, which will result in some changes to the way it delivers services.

Accordingly, as of Wednesday, March 25 the Civic Centre, library and council depot will be closed for face-to-face transactions.

Frontline staff will continue to deliver services by telephone and email during normal business hours.

A library book collection point will be established in the Civic Centre foyer.

Existing resources will be diverted to receiving calls and managing queries and the council's webpage will continue to provide access to a range of council resources.

Residents, businesses and visitors will continue to see the council's outdoor crews at work, attending to urgent matters and the day-to-day repairs and maintenance across the Island.

Arrangements have been made so that, unless the State Government states otherwise, council meetings will still be open to the public, although you may notice a change in where you will be asked to sit and/or observe.

Elected members, subject to a proposed change to the Local Government Act, will be able to participate in the council meetings via online tele or video-conferencing.

If there is a need for anyone to attend at the Civic Centre or Council Depot for any reason, you will be required to practice hygiene standards as required and social distancing at all times.

You will also need to respond to a small number of questions regards your health and recent travel.

Council administration staff who can work at home, will work from home and still be contactable.

"Our aim is to reduce the numbers of staff in the council office to enable easier-to-achieve social distancing, and mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19," Mr Georgopoulos said.

"These measures will be implemented so that council employees and our community receive the consideration they deserve towards their inquiries, health and safety during this extraordinary period of time.

"This week, the council will not hold the scheduled Informal Gathering, however Council is working on setting up an online forum for next week's Informal Gathering with Elected Members."