COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The safety of community and staff is a priority for Cessnock City Council in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As a result, our services, events and regular programs have been impacted.

Services not listed on this page are operating as normal. We update this page regularly as we follow advice from Federal and State Health Departments.


Precautions

Please do not visit a Council facility if you feel unwell, have returned from overseas in the past 14 days or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

If you are concerned or have questions about Coronavirus, visit NSW Health online or call the 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Please practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you are visiting a Council facility.

Social Distancing


Changes to Council's services and facilities

Council has adopted a phased approach to resuming services and reopening facilities to ensure the safety of staff and the community. Please see the below information regarding the current status of services and facilities.  

Reopened / Resumed

Council administration building 
Face to face services at Council's administration building (62-78 Vincent Street, Cessnock) have resumed. The administration building is open normal business hours - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The cashier will close at 4:30pm on these days. Customers are also encouraged to connect with us remotely using our live chat service or by telephone on (02) 4993 4100 during business hours.

Council meetings 
Community members are now able to attend Council meetings held in the Council Chambers in person but capacity has been reduced to ensure meetings are COVID Safe. As such, we're encouraging residents to view meetings via live stream on Council's Facebook page rather than attend in person. Visit the Council Meetings page for meeting dates and more information. 

Libraries
Face to face services at the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries have resumed in COVID Safe mode. Both libraries are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can also take advantage of our 'Call and Collect' service - find out more here. 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 and e-music. If you have any questions about the reopening or need help in accessing the 24/7 e-branch, library staff can be contacted on (02) 4993 4399 or library@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) 
CWMC is open to the public as normal. There may be some delays as numbers on site will be limited to observe social distancing. Residents are encouraged to follow instructions while at the CWMC, including wearing enclosed footwear. Transactions will remain cashless until further notice (waste vouchers will be accepted). Please note: Greta Transfer Station is closed. 

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) 
CPAC has reopened to the public, however a number of performances have been postponed to a later date. Box office staff have contacted ticket holders impacted by changes. The box office can be contacted on (02) 4993 4266 and updated information will be posted on the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre website and Facebook.

Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre (HVVIC) 
Face to face services at the HVVIC have resumed per regular trading hours. For more information, please visit the HVVIC website.

Cessnock Youth Centre Outreach Service (CYCOS)
All CYCOS programs and school holiday activities have recommenced. Visit the CYCOS Facebook page for the latest information on upcoming programs. The Youth Services Team can be contacted on (02) 4993 4357.  

Arts and cultural centres
All arts and cultural centres, including Wollombi Cultural Centre, Richmond Main and Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre have reopened to the public. 

On-site sewerage management system inspections 
Council has resumed standard and routine monitoring inspections of on site sewerage management systems.

Still impacted

Greta Transfer Station 
This facility is closed.

RSPCA Hunter
RSPCA Hunter at Rutherford is closed for adoptions and surrenders on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. The facility is open for adoptions and surrenders on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The impound facility is open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm. The veterinary clinic is open by appointment Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm, and closed Sundays and public holidays. For more information call RSPCA on (02) 4939 1555.


Changes to Council's recreational facilities

Council has adopted a phased approach to reopening recreational facilities to ensure the safety of the community. Please see the below information regarding the current status recreational facilities.

Parks

All parks, including outdoor gyms, playgrounds, skateparks, barbecue areas and public toilets have been reopened across the Cessnock Local Government Area. The following maps can help you locate a hand washing station during your trip to the park: Parks-Playgrounds-Hand-Washing-Maps-Branxton-North-Rothbury-Greta.jpgParks-Playgrounds-Hand-Washing-Maps-Cessnock.jpgParks-Playgrounds-Hand-Washing-Maps-Mulbring.jpgParks-Playgrounds-Hand-Washing-Maps-Wollombi-Ellalong.jpgAbermain

Sporting facilities

All sporting facilities in the Cessnock LGA have reopened.

Note: Many clubs are in talks with their governing sporting association in relation to returning to training and the changes that may need to be undertaken to keep the community safe. Following a number of conditions being met Council will issue approval for the sporting activity to return in line with NSW Government restrictions. Sport Australia has developed a Return to Sport Toolkit that includes a suite of resources to help sporting organisations get ready to recommence training, competitions and programs in a safe, responsible and low risk manner.

  • Turner Park, Aberdare
  • Howe Park, Abermain
  • Orange Street Oval, Abermain
  • Branxton Oval (croquet lawns included)
  • Cessnock Civic Indoor Sports Centre
  • Baddeley Park, Cessnock
  • Drain Oval, Cessnock
  • East Cessnock Oval
  • Mount View Basin, Cessnock
  • Greta Central Oval
  • George Jeffery Park, Kearsley
  • Booth Park, Kurri Kurri
  • Margaret Johns Park, Kurri Kurri
  • Central Oval, Kurri Kurri
  • Molly Worthington Netball Courts, Kurri Kurri
  • Crawfordville/Millfield Park
  • Centenary Park, Pelaw Main
  • Stanford Merthyr Park
  • Chinaman’s Hollow, Weston
  • Varty Park, Weston
  • Wollombi Recreation Ground

Tennis facilities

All tennis facilities have now been reopened, including:

  • Branxton (Miller Park)
  • Cessnock (Turner Park)
  • Greta (Greta Central Oval)
  • Kearsley (George Jeffery Park)
  • Kurri Kurri (Central Oval)
  • Mulbring (Mulbring Park)
  • Wollombi

Recreational Vehicle (RV) areas

Council operated RV areas at Branxton and Kurri Kurri are open.

Community halls

All community halls are open in line with NSW Government restrictions, including the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020.

Aquatic facilities

All public pools the Cessnock Local Government Area (Cessnock, Branxton and Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre) are open.


Changes to Council events 

Council has adopted a cautious approach to resuming events and has been guided by NSW Government Public Health Orders. Please see the below information regarding the current status of events.

Youth Week 2021

Youth Week 2021 is proceeding with a full program of COVID Safe events taking place from 10 - 24 April 2021. For more information, please check the Council and CYCOS Facebook pages from March 2021.

Seniors Festival 2021

Seniors Festival 2021 is proceeding with a full program of COVID Safe events taking place from 13 - 24 April 2021. For more information, please check the Council Facebook page from late March.

Mattress Drop-off

Council's Matress Drop-off days are proceeding on the following dates in 2021: 

  • 20 March 2021 - Cessnock Works Depot Carpark, Old Maitland Road, Cessnock 
  • 31 July 2021 - BEC Carpark, corner of Merthyr and Barton Streets, Kurri Kurri
  • 30 October 2021 - Cessnock Works Depot Carpark, Old Maitland Road, Cessnock

For more information, visit the Disposal of other household waste page.

Free tree giveaway

Council's Free tree giveaway was cancelled in 2020 but is proceeding in 2021. Visit the Tree Giveaway page for more information.


Financial assistance

Residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can contact Council and enter into an arrangement on (02) 4993 4100. Our Customer Service team will take your details and our Rates team will call you back. Our team will endeavor to return calls by the next business day.

For more information, please read our Hardship Policy(PDF, 289KB) or visit our Paying your rates page

You can also find useful information on the following websites: 


Help Stop The Spread

Helping to stop the spread of coronavirus is something that we can all do.


Source: Australian Government Dept. of Health