Council has acted in response to latest Federal government measures

All council libraries, visitor information centres, playgrounds, parks and a range other facilities will close from midnight tonight, Wednesday, March 25.

Many of these facilities had been scheduled to close from 5pm this Friday, March 27, however this has been brought forward following the Federal government's latest measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"We will now be closing libraries, visitor information centres, our regional gallery and our customer service centres from this afternoon," MidCoast Council general manager, Adrian Panuccio said.

However, 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.

Adrian Panuccio

Adrian Panuccio

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.

"We are doing everything we can to support our staff and customers in these challenging times and are committed to ensuring the vital services we provide continue," Mr Panuccio said.

The situation is changing rapidly and council encourages everyone in the community to stay up to date by visiting the MidCoast Council website and following the council Facebook page.