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