Central Coast Council has temporarily closed a number of its facilities but will continue to deliver all essential services during the lockdown in place until July 9.
Chief Executive Officer, David Farmer, said Council’s primary responsibility during this difficult time is staff and community safety.
“Council will continue to provide essential services for our community during this lockdown, this includes water and sewer services, waste collection, road repairs and child-care centres,” Farmer said.
“Our parks and beaches remain open for exercise only and please note that lifeguard services are not in operation during the cooler months.
“Please refer to our website and social media channels for the latest information on necessary temporary closures of some facilities and any impacts to our services.”
Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the Central Coast community has proven to be resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Central Coast is all too familiar with what needs to be done to halt community transmission of COVID-19 and Council is taking necessary and required measures,” Hart said.
“Please carefully follow all requirements outlined by NSW Health through the current Public Health Order and we will keep you informed of any changes to Council facilities or services.”
Penalties for not following restrictions are enforceable by Police – this includes leaving the home for non-essential reasons, not social distancing and non-essential travel.
Council urges any community members who are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptom to self-isolate and get tested immediately.
Essential Council services which will continue during the lockdown are: water and sewer; waste collection; road repairs; development assessments; after hours call outs for emergencies; and call centre for customer enquiries.
The following facilities will remain open: child care centres; public toilets; parks and playspaces (for exercise only); beaches; and holiday parks (for essential travellers only).
Central Coast Stadium events will be updated at centralcoaststadium.com.au
Council facilities temporary closures during lockdown are: administration buildings at Wyong and Gosford; libraries; leisure centres, gyms and pools; theatres and Gosford Regional Gallery; The Entrance Visitor Information Centre; senior and youth centres; and all community facilities, such as halls.
With all libraries closed, including after-hour chutes, the Bookmobile and Home Library Services have also been suspended.
All items currently on loan have automatically been renewed.
Online services remain open 24/7 with several virtual events planned.
Full details are available on Council’s website.
Media release, Jun 28
Central Coast Council