In its latest response to the coronavirus pandemic, Central Coast Council has closed all play spaces, outdoor fitness equipment, skate parks and waste management facilities in the region, in line with the latest directions from the Federal Government.
Council’s Director of Environment and Planning, Scott Cox, said drastic measures in closing outdoor recreational areas would greatly impact the region’s children and families, but were deemed necessary to protect the community’s health.
“Council manages over 260 play spaces and 25 skateparks across our region, places that our community come together at to socialise, but unfortunately, that’s what we need to avoid right now,” Cox said.
“Public reserves, shared pathways, boat ramps, public wharves and jetties, sports fields and other outdoor public spaces remain open at this stage, but we urge the community to continue to practise social distancing, which includes maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from others at all times.
“Whilst it is not possible to physically close off all play spaces and skateparks, we ask that our community act responsibly and follow the Australian Government direction to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 on the Central Coast.”
Council’s waste management facilities have also been closed to the public in an attempt to limit the need for residents to travel and minimise contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kincumber waste management facility closed until further notice last week, with Woy Woy and Buttonderry following suit on March 30.
Woy Woy and Buttonderry remain open for waste collected by essential waste vehicles, which include: Council’s household waste collection contractor; commercial waste collection contractors; and, small business.
Council’s existing household waste collection and bulk kerbside service will continue as usual, with the normal limits on kerbside collections continuing.
Residents can store non-decaying waste material onsite until the current restrictions end, or they can use a commercial waste collection or skip bin service to dispose of additional waste.
Media releases, Mar 29 and 30
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