Council announces a number of changes to many services

Central Coast Council's CEO Gary Murphy in interview. Archive 2019

Central Coast Council has announced a number of changes to services in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Executive Officer, Gary Murphy, said Council’s priority was the health of staff and the community and continuing to deliver essential services.
However, he said, interruptions to some non-essential Council services were inevitable as the situation changes.
“Increased cleaning services are in place across facilities open to the public and notification to community about health information is available at all venues,” Murphy said.

“We have work continuity plans in place for our workforce, including restrictions to working to one workplace, limited face-to-face meetings, remote working from home capability and ability to scale down some service areas, as required, due to staff unavailability.”

Murphy said all non-essential Council run programs, workshops, activities, events and library programs are cancelled until April 30.
Gosford Regional Gallery program changes include the cancellation of the opening night events for the Emerging 2020 and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and Coastal Sanctuaries, gallery tours and the Edogawa Commemorative Garden, with exhibitions continuing to be open to the public.

Performances at Laycock St Community Theatre and The Art House Wyong are postponed or cancelled until the end of April, including the current production of Mamma Mia.
Pelican feeding at The Entrance is closed until April 1 due to the unavailability of Marine Rescue staff following their organisation protocol to restrict person-to-person fundraising activities.

Also cancelled are: Youth Week and School holiday activities; Flavours by the Sea on March 21; all public Anzac Day commemoration services as announced by RSL NSW; Live Well Central Coast, March 28-April 5; Summer series; waterfront performers at The Entrance; and Central Coast Country Music Festival.
Central Coast Stadium A-League games will be closed to the public this weekend (March 20-22).

The NRL Game scheduled has also been moved to Sydney and is closed to the public.
Sporting competitions of large group participants at leisure centres are also cancelled.
Our staff are currently assessing other events and programs following the

Federal Government’s recent announcement to ban large indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, and Council will provide an update on how this impacts Council services as soon as possible.
All non-essential Council run programs and library outreach services are cancelled until April 30.

Council-run Senior Centres at Ettalong and Gosford and community managed Senior Centres at Toukley and Terrigal are closed until April 14.
Gwandalan Library Link at the Community Hall Gwandalan is closed until further notice.

Source:
Media release, Mar 18
Central Coast Council