Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kempsey Shire Council response to the coronavirus

Updated 19 October 2021

This page provides the Kempsey Shire community with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest COVID-19 updates, alerts and resources, please visit the NSW Health website

Important update

From Monday 11 October public health restrictions are easing, however the community is still subject to the Public Health Order.

The Public Health Order lists certain types of premises that are not open for unvaccinated adults.  

It is vital that people monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and, if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District is operating a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic in Kempsey at the Austral Street boat ramp at Riverside Park.

Information on individuals or businesses who are or may be contravening public health orders should be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Proof of vaccination

The NSW Government has set out the requirements for proof of vaccination in the Public Health (COVID-19 Self Isolation) Order (No 3) 2021, clause 19A:

A fully vaccinated person means a person who

(a) has had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or

(b) has a medical contraindication certificate issued to the person.

An unvaccinated adult means a person who

(a) is more than 16 years of age, and

(b) is not a fully vaccinated person.

Vaccination evidence for a person means

(a) evidence from the Australian Immunisation Register that the person

     (i) has had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or

     (ii) has a medical contraindication that prevents the person from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, or

(b) a medical contraindication certificate issued to the person.

Examples of (a) include an online immunisation history statement, a COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register or information displayed on the Service NSW mobile phone application. 

Council services

Council is maintaining normal services where possible.

Facilities which are staffed by volunteers or have limited resources and which would require proof of vaccination will close until proof of vaccination is no longer an entry requirement.

Customer Service

As with other essential services like banks and pharmacies, Council's Customer Service Centre does not fit into any of the categories of premises that require mandatory vaccination. Customers are still only required to check in and wear masks. 

  • The Customer Service team is available between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 02 6566 3200.
  • The Customer Service Centre in Tozer Street, West Kempsey, is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Visitors must follow COVID-safe rules, including wearing masks and checking in.
  • The Mobile Service Desk that visits towns and villages across the shire will resume shortly - see Mobile Service Desk  

Waste services

  • Regular household three-bin kerbside collections continue as normal.
  • The Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road and the Waste Transfer Stations in South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Bellbrook are open.
  • The ReUse Shop at the Waste Transfer Centre is closed.
  • An updated schedule for the Mobile Community Recycling Centre will be posted shortly.


Libraries are now open with normal operating hours. Anyone entering any of the Council libraries must be fully vaccinated and must show proof upon entry.

Please be aware that COVID-19 restrictions also limit the number of visitors in the libraries, and visitors must wear masks and check in.

All library branches are offering a click-and-collect service which doesn't require entry and therefore doesn't require proof of vaccination.

To access the click-and-collect service, please visit Mid North Coast Library Service or use the Mid North Coast Library App.

Please note you must wear a face mask when collecting items. 

Kempsey Library

Entry to Kempsey Library during the current renovations is from the rear of the building. Please visit the library website for information.

Community facilities

Swimming pools are now open with normal summer timetables, and lifeguard patrols continue at Kempsey Shire beaches.

Anyone entering any of the public pools must be fully vaccinated and must show proof upon entry.

Riverside Park at Kempsey is closed.

Visitor Information Centres

The Kempsey and South West Rocks Visitor Information Centres are closed.

Slim Dusty Centre

The Slim Dusty Centre is closed.

Council meetings and public forums

For Council meeting information, see Ordinary meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Community Catch-ups

The Gladstone and Smithtown Community Catchup will be held at Gladstone Memorial Park at 5pm on Thursday 21 October. Please note that, under the NSW Government's current COVID-19 restrictions, only vaccinated people may attend. You will need to check in with a QR code and show proof of vaccination when you arrive. See Community Catch-ups

Community engagement

Community engagement events have been restructured to comply with the Public Health Order.

Election postponed

The NSW Government has postponed the local government election until 4 December 2021. Kempsey Shire Council’s current Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until this time. For more information, see Elections

Connecting our community

Council has developed a page to connect services, groups, businesses and community members to the right information and link you to available supports.

On the Connecting our community through COVID-19 page you can share your story of your coronavirus experience, read up on local projects that support the community, take our Business Impact Survey, or browse links to great online events, webinars, exercise classes and creative workshops.

Aboriginal health resources

NSW Health provides a range of Aboriginal health resources. The Australian Government also publishes information about COVID-19 vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Support for business

For information on how Council can support your business, see Support for your business during COVID-19