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.

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. Practice social distancing if you are visiting a Council facility.

Social Distancing

If you are concerned, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Changes to Council Services

  • Council administration building
    Face to face services at 62-78 Vincent Street will be suspended effective 5pm on Wednesday 25 March. Customers are encouraged to connect with us remotely by using our eServices, or by telephone during business hours.
  • Council meetings

    The Council meeting scheduled for 1 April 2020 has been cancelled, with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday 15 April 2020. To meet the four square metre per person requirement for indoor gatherings, we are not accommodating a full public gallery at Council Meetings. Priority is given to required council staff and registered speakers. 

  • Cessnock Waste Management Centre & Greta Transfer Station
    These facilities will be closed to the general public from Friday 3 April until further notice. The Cessnock Waste Management Centre will remain open to commercial businesses who can provide proof of their business operation such as a rate notice or other documentation. The facility will also remain open to those residents who don’t receive a kerbside waste service and are in receipt of an ALTERNATE waste voucher. Only electronic and voucher payments will be accepted for these customers.

  • CPAC
    Cessnock Performing Arts Centre has temporarily closed and a number of performances have been postponed to a later date. Box office staff are working to contact 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.

    The Cessnock Youth Centre has temporarily closed. Council’s Youth Team is engaging with young people via social media and will be trialling virtual drop in. The Youth Services Team can be contacted on (02) 4993 4357.  

  • Libraries
    Face to face services at the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries will be suspended effective 5pm on Tuesday 24 March.  Over the phone services will be available Monday- Friday 9am-5pm. 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. For help in accessing the 24/7 e-branch, Library staff can be contacted on (02) 4993 4399.

  • Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre
    Face to face services at the Visitor Information Centre will be suspended effective 5pm on Wednesday 25 March. Visitors are encouraged to connect with the team by telephone during business hours.

  • On-site sewerage management system inspections
    Council has postponed standard and routine monitoring inspections of on-site sewerage management systems. Routine inspections will be rescheduled at a later time that is suitable for the property owners or operators. 

Changes to Council events and programs 

  • Youth Week 2020
    The Youth Week 2020 program has been postponed. For more information please check Council and CYCOS Facebook pages.

  • Draft 2020-25 Waste & Resource Strategy - community drop in sessions
    All planned community drop-in sessions for the Draft 2020-25 Waste & Resource Strategy currently on exhibition have been cancelled. Click here for more information on the Strategy and how to make a submission. 

  • Free tree giveaway
    Council has postponed the free tree giveaway until later in the year. We'll be getting in touch with all those who have applied.

  • Learner drivers workshop
    The free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers scheduled in partnership with Transport NSW on Thursday 26 March 2020 is postponed this until later in the year. 

Changes to Council facilities

In response to the most recent Government advice regarding public gatherings, all public barbecues, children's playgrounds, outdoor gyms, skateparks and many public toilets have been closed.

Council operated RV areas at Branxton and Kurri Kurri have also been closed. 

Currently closed:

Public toilets

  • Jeffries Park, Abermain
  • Branxton Oval
  • North Cessnock Park 
  • Mount View Basin
  • Cessnock Norman Brown Park
  • Greta Margaret Johns Park. Kurri Kurri
  • Booth Park, Kurri Kurri
  • North Rothbury Park
  • Chinaman’s Hollow,Weston  
  • Weston Memorial Park
  • East End Oval Cessnock
  • George Jeffery Park Kearsley
  • Kitchener Poppethead Park
  • Veteran's Memorial Park Aberdare
  • Mulbring Park

Further closure of public toilets may need to occur due to the ongoing theft of toilet paper. 

Community halls

All community halls in our local government area are closed until further notice: 

  • Abermain Plaza Hall
  • Abermain School of Arts
  • Bellbird Community Hall
  • Branxton Community Hall
  • Ellalong Community Hall
  • Greta Arts & Sports Centre
  • Greta Council Chambers
  • Greta Courthouse
  • Kearsley Community Hall
  • Kurri Kurri Senior Citizens Centre
  • Laguna Community Hall
  • Millfield Community Hall North
  • North Cessnock Community Hall
  • Pokolbin Community Hall
  • Weston Civic Centre
  • Wollombi Community Hall

Sporting facilities

All sporting facilities in our area have now been closed:
  • Turner Park, Aberdare
  • Howe Park, Abermain
  • Orange Street Oval, Abermain
  • Carmichael Park, Bellbird
  • Branxton Oval (croquet lawns included)
  • Miller Park, Branxton
  • 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
  • Birralee Ovals, Kurri Kurri
  • Booth Park, Kurri Kurri
  • Margaret Johns Park, Kurri Kurri
  • Central Oval, Kurri Kurri
  • Molly Worthington Netball Courts, Kurri Kurri
  • Crawfordville/Millfield Park
  • Mulbring Oval
  • Centenary Park, Pelaw Main
  • Stanford Merthyr Park
  • Chinaman’s Hollow, Weston
  • Varty Park, Weston
  • Wollombi Recreation Ground
  • Wollombi Tennis Courts

Pre-existing sports ground bookings have been suspended until further notice. No future bookings are being taken at this time.

Tennis facilities

All tennis facilities are required to close until further notice from 12am Thursday 26 March. 

Aquatic facilities

All of our pools will close until further notice from Wednesday 25 March:

  • Kurri Kurri Aquatic & Fitness Centre
  • Cessnock pool
  • Branxton pool

Arts and cultural centres

 The following cultural facilities are closed until further notice:

  • Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Richmond Main
  • Wollombi Cultural Centre

Other closures

  • RSPCA Rutherford
    RSPCA Rutherford is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. Residents will not be able to release animals on these days. We’re waiving impound fees for Tuesdays and Thursdays as residents won’t be able to pick up their furry friend. For more information call RSPCA on (02) 4939 1555

Help Stop The Spread

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

Source: Australian Government Dept. of Health

Financial assistance

If you or your family are affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic, visit

Services Australia (Centrelink)
Australian Tax Office (ATO Community)