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COVID-19 & Events

As you are aware the Australia Health Protection Principal Committee has recommended protocols on Organised gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All ‘non-essential’ events of 500 + people should be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

For the full list of upcoming events and their running Status click here: UPCOMING EVENTS

For updated information about Activities and Gatherings please visit the Government of SA Website

Any event or activity will need to complete a COVID Safe Plan OR a COVID Management Plan depending on the size/ type of event through SA Health;


COVID Management Plan CLICK HERE

We have put together a guide to assist organizers in developing management strategies for COVID

CLICK HERE to Download the MBDC COVID Guide to events

Community Noticeboard

Do you have an event/activity to promote? Events and activities held in the Mount Barker District Council area can be promoted on Council's online Community Noticeboard. Simply fill out the online form.

Road Closures / Traffic Restrictions

(To view the Section 33 notice click on the Event name- for all roads and times affected)

Event DateLocation
Yantaringa Reserve ConsultationSpeed RestrictionSaturday 1st August 2020Fairview Rd Hahndorf
Conquer the SummitSpeed RestrictionsSunday 30th August 2020Mount Barker
-Bald Hills Road
-Springs Road

Running Events in the Mount Barker District Council

Here are some documents you may need to complete for events held in the Mount Barker District Council region:

If you are planning an event on Council land:
Permit Application to Conduct Activities in the Mt Barker District Council

If you have food stalls at your event:
Temporary Food Stall Notification Form

During fire season- if you have a BBQ or gas or open coal stall:
Application for Fire Permit for an Event (online form)

All Community Events need  to complete the SAPOL Crowded places Assessment:
SAPOL Assessment- Crowded Places

Event Organisers responsibilities for Community Events using Public Toilets
Mount Barker District Councils Toilet Block & BBQ Cleaning Schedule

ANZAC Day 2020

This year Anzac Day will be different. Due to COVID-19, restrictions are in place to avoid crowds gathering.Activity Book

We have been working with the local RSL's to help share what activities are available.

Macclesfield RSL has developed a pack that contains activities and projects for children and families to assist them in participating and learning about ANZAC day whilst at home.

It is recommended the day starts with families gathering in their drive ways at 5:55am, they can stream live to various RSL Facebook pages or tune in to the radio, the Last post will be played, followed by a minutes silence. As a family we ask you recite the Ode to the Fallen.

You are still welcome to lay a wreath and pay your respects at one of the Memorials, however we ask to visit these sites later in the day and respect the social distancing rule.

To download your copy of the Activity Booklet click HERE

Event Support Program

CLOSED- Next round April 2021

Mount Barker District Council has and continues to be supportive of local events that provide our communities with either economic or social benefit. Each year (usually around May), individuals and/or community groups who are considering running an event during the following financial year, are invited to participate in the Event Support Program through an expression of interest process. Even if you do not have all the details yet, this process will at least provide Council with an indication of possible events and reservation of sponsorship dollars or in-kind support.

For example - you may be a group that is considering running a festival late in the following financial year. We do not expect that you would have finalized dates, times, performers, nor know exactly what assistance you may need from Council.

Due to the amount of events affected by COVID-19 in 2020, this year the program will be taking into consideration those events that support Local Business and Community to stimulate the local economy.

Every event planned to run between 1st July- 30th September 2020 will need to provide an alternative date after the 1st October 2020 in case the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

The funds available may not allow us to support all events with cash contribution, however there are ways which we can assist all events with in kind support.

  • Cash Sponsorship is subject to final budget allocation, tourism event costs and the assessment of expressions of interest received from across the district.
  • We are also committed to ensuring transparent and equitable investment across the district

** Please note; we only support activities run in the Mount Barker District Council area and will NOT fund an entire event (there must be other financial stakeholders).

Please note that all event organisers/community groups must participate in the expression of interest process regardless of whether you have been funded in the past.



Download the above form, once complete email to

Applications closed 5pm, 29th May 2020

For more info:

Chloe Head
Events & Tourism Support
8391 7238