COVID-19 update

City of Prospect has taken a number of important and proactive steps to protect our community and staff as we face this unprecedented situation of the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide Public Health Emergency.

We need to take all reasonable steps available to protect our community, our Elected Members, our staff and volunteers (and their families) against the spread of this infection while ensuring we deliver services as close to ‘business as usual’ as possible.

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Services and Events

Prospect Library

Effective as of Monday 11 May 2020, the Prospect library is now open as part of SA’s Phase One Recovery but with the following restrictions:

  • 1 person per 4m2 with only 10 customers maximum allowed in the library at any one time
  • Contact details must be given upon entry to ensure easy contact tracing if required
  • Social distancing and hand hygiene practices are still strongly encouraged at all times

Restrictions that are still in force include:

  • No food or beverages allowed
  • All seating removed from the library
  • Toy library remains closed
  • Mezzanine level study area remains closed
  • JP service remains closed
  • No public computer access
  • Restricted opening hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday, not open weekends)

Library services that will continue to be provided:

  • eBooks (including children’s material)
  • Digital magazines and newspapers
  • Short course videos
  • Access to Ancestry.com
  • Story time and Rhyme time on Facebook
  • How-to guides for online resources.

Phone assistance is still available if anyone needs help with getting access to online library resources.

Other services will be evaluated and re-introduced when safe to do so according to SA Health recommendations.


Playgrounds, parks and outdoor fitness equipment

On Sunday 29 March, the Prime Minister introduced new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. There is now a two person limit for gatherings in public places. To comply with this directive, all playgrounds, outdoor gyms, dog parks, barbecue areas and skateparks will be closed as of midnight on Monday 30 March until further notice. Staff will progressively move across the council area and install advisory signage at each of these facilities.


Events and Programs

As we monitor and learn more about the spread of Coronavirus in our state, we want to provide as much clarity to our community on what steps we are taking to protect our residents, businesses, visitors and our employees.

We are still currently operating from Payinthi on Prospect Road, however, we may be subject to closure at any time.  Rest assured, our business continuity planning guarantees we will be able to maintain essential services, but we may not be able to provide face-to-face services or access to Council facilities during the pandemic.  As the situation changes, we will update the information on this page.

In the meantime we are asking people over the age of 70 and those either with a compromised immune system, or living with others with such issues, that they seriously consider whether they should be attending the Council facilities.  With the number of daily visitors to our facility, we are not in a position to guarantee safety from infection.

City of Prospect is taking the proactive step of cancelling all non-essential gatherings of people in order to reduce the spread of infection and to keep the vulnerable members of our community safe.  As such, regular Council programming and events (such as the weekly Rhyme Time, Club5082 and others) have been suspended from 16 March 2020 for an undetermined period.

Suspended Council Programs
  • Prospect Library Rhyme Time
  • Prospect Library Story Time
  • JP services (visit the JP roll to find an alternative JP https://bdm.cbs.sa.gov.au/bdmsaonline/dbnet.aspx?DBCGM=1&PRPRC=OJPS)
  • Prospect Library public computing services (no laptops will be available to borrow)
  • Toy Library access
  • Digital Help one-on-one sessions
  • Scrabble Group
  • Knitty Gritty
  • Stitching Sisters
  • Mosaic Group
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Prospect Singing Group
  • Dice and Decks Board Game Bonanza

Parking

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, we are doing our best to try and make things a little easier for our residents, visitors and local businesses.

To allow our residents and visitors to continue to shop locally and support our businesses, we are taking a more flexible approach to our limited parking controls throughout City of Prospect. Please be mindful of others and only park for as long as you need to.

Please note that parking restrictions for disabled, clearways and bike lanes, and permit zones will continue to be enforced.


Local business information

We are here to support our local businesses and professionals during this uncertain and unprecedented time. Our Network Prospect team has a page on their website with dedicated information and resources for your business to respond to COVID-19. Visit https://networkprospect.com.au/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/


Immunisation services

When you immunise your loved ones, you help protect the community, and this helps to save millions of lives each year. As immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health initiatives, it’s vital that the community builds awareness to minimise the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Because of the temporary closure of Payinthi, our immunisation service is being provided from the Eastern Health Authority clinic located at 101 Payneham Road, St Peters.

City of Prospect residents are invited to attend the clinic, by appointment only, at no charge. To make an online booking, visit https://www.eha.sa.gov.au/immunisation