Region’s Council Services Restricted

Newcastle

All City of Newcastle cultural facilities have closed until further notice but will continue to engage audiences online following a national directive to close all non-essential services to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Newcastle Art Gallery, Civic Theatre and Newcastle Museum, including the attached Newcastle Shop and Visitor Information Centre, have closed as a further public health precaution after yesterday’s temporary closure of library branches and last week’s shutdown of Fort Scratchley. The café at the Civic Theatre will remain open, serving takeaway customers only.

City’s libraries limited to digital services only
to combat spread of COVID-19.

City of Newcastle library services are limited to digital access only.

All front facing services and branch operations have been temporarily suspended.

City of Newcastle is following the advice of the Federal Government that many non-essential services should be temporarily shut down to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The City’s libraries will continue to offer digital programs, content and services online.

People can download the free Newcastle Library App which provides home access to the e-library, including adult and children’s e-books, newspapers, magazines, music and movie streaming services and online learning.

To access the e-library visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Library

For further information on City of Newcastle’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19

Maitland

Maitland City Library public programming has been suspended until at least 30 Apr, including all onsite and offsite programs.

The following Look Who’s Talking events have been suspended or cancelled:

Gavin Fry, Local Author Showcase, Indigenous Astronomy, Tara June Winch, Sydney Writers Festival Live Stream, Nadia Wheatley, and James Bradley.

Library is offering full refunds for everyone who has booked Look Who’s Talking events during this time.

Patrons can access Look Who’s Talking podcasts, from Gillian Triggs, Jane Caro, Benjamin Law and more, at www.soundcloud.com/maitlandlibrary or watch a world movie at https://maitlandlibrary.kanopy.com/

Updates on the operations of Maitland Libraries in the days and weeks ahead will be published on www.maitland.nsw.gov.au and Council’s social media channels.

Food and Beverage Services

Following the NSW Government’s announcement yesterday (21st March) that licenced venues across NSW will be able to provide takeaway and home delivery services, Council has today confirmed it will be relaxing enforcement to allow all restaurants, cafés and bars to provide takeaway and delivery services on a temporary basis during the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Council wants to support businesses and maximise their opportunities to maintain a revenue stream and avoid potential closure. In doing this, we need to ensure that food and beverage businesses across Maitland understand that they can adapt their business model. It is hoped that this will assist with business viability.

The provision of takeaway and home delivery services from local businesses will enable members of the public to access goods and services with minimum exposure to risk of infection from Coronavirus.

Council will review the need for this approach once the crisis period has subsided.

Council will today begin contacting as many food and beverage businesses as possible to advise them of our approach. Our aim is to continually update the MyMaitland website so that locals know how to get behind local food and beverage businesses.

To see the growing list of businesses providing home delivery and takeaway visit mymaitland.com.au

Cessnock

Due to the Federal Government’s announcements, Cessnock Council has made the following decisions:

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre has temporarily closed and a number of performances have been postponed to a later date. Box Office staff are working tirelessly to contact ticket holders impacted by changes. The box office can be contacted on 4993 4266 and updated information will be posted on the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre website and Facebook.

The Cessnock Youth Centre has temporarily closed however Council’s Youth Team is engaging with young people via social media and will be trialling virtual drop in. The Youth Services Team can be contacted on 4993 4357.

Face to face services at the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries will be suspended effective from 5pm on Tuesday 24 March.  The 24/7 e-Branch remains open and the Cessnock City Library Facebook includes a demonstration for how to access e-magazines, e-books, e films, e-music. For help in accessing the 24/7 e- Branch, Library staff can be contacted on 4993 4399.  Council is also looking at options to provide a “take away” style service during the closure.

·Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre has temporarily closed.

·Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre is closed. For more information visit kurrikurriafc.com.au or call 4937 1362.

·Cessnock Civic Indoor Sports Centre is closed.

Lake Macquarie

Lake Mac libraries, pools and gallery close. 

Council will close all four of its patrolled beaches, all six Swim Centres, all Council run Community Halls, Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, Visitor Information Centre and operate reduced services at Lake Mac Library branches across the City.

Core Council services, such as waste collections, roadworks and maintenance, have not been affected.

Cultural facilities around the City will also close, including Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and reduced services operating from Lake Mac Library branches. 

Lake Mac Libraries online resources remain available to the public to provide digital programs, content and services online, including a limited number of bookable computers for people to access the internet.

In addition, a Click and Collect service is available at Charlestown, Speers Point, Swansea and Toronto libraries, and a home delivery service is also available for senior library members only. 

For more information and to access Lake Mac Library online services visit library.lakemac.com.au

A dedicated web page has been published on Council’s website at lakemac.com.au/COVID-19 that has more information and helpful links to NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health.

MidCoast

Several non-essential functions of Council have closed, or will be closing, in line with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 response.


Update Wednesday 25th:

MidCoast Council will close libraries, visitor information centres, playgrounds, parks and a range of other facilities from midnight tonight in line with the Federal Government’s latest COVID-19 measures to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.

A number of the facilities had been scheduled to close from 5pm Friday, however this has been brought forward to meet the stringent new requirements announced last night by the Prime Minister.

We will now be closing libraries, visitor information centres, our regional gallery and our customer service centres from this afternoon,” General Manager Adrian Panuccio said.

Essential services such as water provision, sewer services, road maintenance and rubbish collection will continue.

Members of the community will be able to continue to do business with Council via phone, email and online services.

Playgrounds will also be closed and signage placed in parks and on beaches to remind the community of the anti-gathering requirements of the Federal Government, Mr Panuccio said.

All Council owned pools, including the YMCA operated facilities in Taree, Forster and Wingham closed on Monday, with the Manning Entertainment Centre closed late last week.

Council owned halls and facilities will also no longer be able to be hired.

MidCoast Council will continue to provide essential services to the community and the following facilities remain open for business including:

  • Gloucester’s Service NSW and Services Australia (Centrelink) agencies
  • Waste Management Centres

Council’s public amenities will remain open while ever they can be appropriately cleaned and hygiene facilities can be provided. Council is endeavouring to provide toilet paper and soap where possible, however is battling an increase in theft and vandalism. Facilities may be closed on short notice if these requirements are unable to be fulfilled.

The annual bulky waste collections have also been suspended at this point in time to prioritise weekly and fortnightly rubbish collections. Any members of the community who have put their waste out to be collected need to remove it from the side of the road.

End of update


Current closures:

  • The Manning Entertainment Centre
  • All Council owned pools in the region, including the YMCA facilities in Taree, Forster and Wingham

Closures effective 5pm Friday 27 March:

  • All Customer Service Centres for face-to-face services, however the community can still access council over the phone or online
  • All libraries, with online services continuing to be available
  • All visitor information centres, with phone and online support available for local tourism operators
  • The Manning Regional Art Gallery

MidCoast Council will continue to provide essential services to the community and the following facilities remain open for business including:

  • Gloucester’s Service NSW and Services Australia (Centrelink) agencies
  • Waste Management Centres

Council’s public amenities will remain open while ever they can be appropriately cleaned and hygiene facilities can be provided. Council is endeavouring to provide toilet paper and soap where possible, however is battling an increase in theft and vandalism. Facilities may be closed on short notice if these requirements are unable to be fulfilled.

The annual bulky waste collections have also been suspended at this point in time to prioritise weekly and fortnightly rubbish collections.

The situation is changing rapidly and Council encourages everyone in the community to stay up to date by visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au, and by following the Council facebook page.

Singleton

All Council-run events or events on Council land are suspended until the end of April.

Singleton Waste Management

  • Burragon Recycling Shop at the Singleton Waste Management Facility is CLOSED

Singleton Public Library

  • The Library is practising strict social distancing rules and have increased regular cleaning.
  • All library members have access to a range of digital collections from our website 24/7. Click here to access the Library’s range of digital collections.
  • All Library programmes have been SUSPENDED

Singleton Youth Venue

  • Cooking and board games are SUSPENDED

Singleton Civic Centre

  • The Civic Centre is closed until the end of April (including Mama’s Kitchen)

Singleton Gym and Swim ~ Singleton Heights Sports Centre

  • The Gym & Swim and the Heights Sports Centre were closed from 12pm on 23/3/20 in line with the Federal Government’s directive for the closure of gyms and indoor sporting venues

Playgrounds

  • High-volume playgrounds at Rose Point, Riverside and Allan Bull Reserve are closed and will be patrolled by Council Rangers and NSW Police to control the potential for mass gatherings.

More information is available on the NSW Health website or the Federal Government Health website

Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450

If you have concerns about your health, please consult your GP via phone